Research Focus

Dr. Stehno-Bittel is the chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. In addition to teaching in the DPT and post-professional DPT programs, she is also a professor of anatomy and cell biology at KU Medical Center. She is a course director of differential diagnosis, case studies in pathophysiology, medical imaging, and pharmacology for physical therapists. Dr. Stehno-Bittel provides numerous guest lectures in other graduate programs within and outside of the department and is the scientific director of the Great Plains Diabetes Coalition and a director of the Diabetes Research Laboratory. Dr. Stehno-Bittel’s commitment to curing diabetes is a two-fold venture: In the laboratory, Dr. Stehno-Bittel is exploring the restoration of normal glycemic conditions through pancreatic islet transplantation, and the creation of bio-artificial pancreatic islets. Dr. Stehno-Bittel is also conducting community-based research aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes and improving the lives of those individuals already dealing with the affliction.