Diana Kenney of West Springfield was published recently in the August 2012 edition of "Orthopaedic Nursing." Kenney, is an assistant professor and academic coordinator of clinical education at American International College.

Kenney, along with Julie Magee and Elizabeth Mullins presented findings on research they conducted on postural screening in primary and secondary schools.

Postural screening involves the evaluation of a student's posture for early detection of either kyphoisis or scoliosis.

Kenney said that while the research showed very few children were diagnostically confirmed during the screening process, there is a need to continue the program.

"Of the average 437 students screened, approximately 1% screens were confirmed diagnostically. School nurses believed that postural screening should be continued, and that it was a valuable program that at a reasonable cost for their school system," she said

In 1984, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons endorsed routine school screening of children for early detection and management of kyphosis and scoliosis. Kenney said the purpose was to detect postural curves early and prevent progression to severe forms.

Subsequently, legislation mandating postural screening in the public schools has been passed in many states in the United States. In 1980, Massachusetts mandated postural screening for Grades 5-9 via a postural screening statute.

Kenney received her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her master's degree and Certificate of Graduate Study at Springfield College.