Emory University DPT students recognized for their dedication and support at the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s events at the 2019 NEXT Conference.

Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from across the country were recognized for their fundraising efforts at the 2019 NEXT Conference. Students from more than 150 schools joined forces this school year to raise $266,019 for physical therapy research. Funds raised through the annual Pitt-Marquette Challenge go towards physical therapy research grants and scholarships and support the rigorous scientific review process that helps the Foundation identify the most promising new investigators. Since 2002, 27 research grants and scholarships have been awarded in the name of the Challenge.

The top 3 fundraising schools for the 2018-2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge were Virginia Commonwealth University ($34,327), the University of Pittsburgh ($22,648), and the University of Delaware ($18,323).

Awards of Excellence were presented to New York University, Sacred Heart University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Miami for raising more than $10,000 each.

Awards of Merit were presented to Boston University, Emory University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and the University of Colorado who raised more than $6,000 each.

The annual Pitt- Marquette Challenge is a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.

Official Press Release

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DPT students Michelle Goto and Amit Grewal receives the award from the Foundation President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

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The award winners with Dr. Field-Fote and Dr. Marie A. Johanson, PT, PhD, Professor and Interim Director.

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The award winners of the 2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge

Dr. Bruce Greenfield selected as a Catherine Worthington Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA).

We are happy to announce that Dr. Bruce Greenfield has been selected as a Catherine Worthington Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA)! FAPTA is APTA’s highest membership category to recognize members who have demonstrated sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession. Dr. Greenfield’s nomination included supportive documentation from many nationally and internationally recognized leaders in our profession who spoke to his prominent leadership, influence and achievements within the physical therapy profession.

Dr. Greenfield joins Division of Physical Therapy faculty members Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA and Edee Field-Fote PT, PhD, FAPTA as our prestigious colleagues who have attained the FAPTA level of recognition. Congratulations Dr. Greenfield!


Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAFTA, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine receives the 2019 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH, CHES

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH, CHES received the School of Medicine’s Hidden Gem Award.

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH, CHESThe award was given at the ceremony held on Thursday, October 11th, 2018.

Dr. Pullen was recognized for her work focusing on the rehabilitation needs of patients with HIV/AIDS and her leadership in regional, national and international service activities. Her work is noticed by many both at Emory and in the greater physical therapy, infectious diseases, public and global health communities. Congratulations Dr. Pullen!

Below is the link to the announcement of this award:

Dr. Bruce Greenfield is the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Dr. Bruce Greenfield is the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award for the 2017-2018 academic year! This award recognizes faculty for superior teaching within the School of Medicine and signifies the high regard students and colleagues hold for Dr. Greenfield’s dedication and skill in teaching.

Dr. Greenfield introduced reflective practice and narrative into the DPT curriculum, now primarily housed in seminars following students’ early integrated clinical education experiences and in a course he directs (Current Practices in Physical Therapy) embedded in students’ long term clinical internships. A natural extension of his interest in the use of narrative to foster professional development, Dr. Greenfield has advocated for the integration of the humanities into our curriculum and to develop collaborative learning throughout Emory University, which included a Coalition of Liberal Arts (CoLA) course entitled Disability, Resilience, and the Moral Self: Healing and Care Across the Lifespan (offered to selected undergraduate and DPT students to create an environment of collaborative learning that combines the liberal arts with experiential learning in the rehabilitation sciences).

Among his activities at the national and international levels, Dr. Greenfield was recently invited to become a founding member of the Critical Physical Therapy Network (CPN), an international collaborative network of critically-informed academics, clinicians and researchers who draw on the health sciences, social sciences and the humanities to explore, challenge and develop physiotherapy theory and practice. The network is dedicated to promoting critically-informed thinking, research and collaboration through ideas and scholarship from diverse disciplines including anthropology, the arts, cultural studies, critical theory and education. Currently CPN has grown to over 200 members and Dr. Greenfield has built upon his use of narrative in clinical learning to focus on the use of humanities as a way to foster patient-centered care.

Dr. Greenfield is a dedicated teacher, an effective mentor and a thoughtful scholar. He has made significant contributions to Emory, the physical therapy profession and interprofessional education through excellence in teaching. His influence has been broad, profound and long lasting, both institutionally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

A simple, user-friendly app for decision making in the treatment of upper extremity impairments following stroke is welcomed!

The ViaTherapy app, created by Dr. Mark Bayley at Toronto Rehab and Dr. Steven Wolf of Emory University, was launched in 2017 and was recently named one of the Top 5 rehab apps at the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) meeting held in Manchester, U.K.

Twenty-three clinicians and researchers, and 10 consultants with expertise in the treatment of survivors of stroke and in exploring novel interventions to improve upper extremity function collaborated to develop the evidence-based application (‘app’) for post stroke upper extremity rehabilitation. The emphasis was on factors contributing to optimal limb use. The team gathered evidence to determine best practices to reduce impairments and enhance participation. Patient’s communication, visual perception and cognition were considered according to the extent that they affected the optimal application of interventions to develop the ‘app’. The team evaluated the evidence to support the timely and appropriate provision of interventions and the most defensible outcome measures during a 4-year voluntary information gathering and assimilation effort to develop the sequencing of an algorithm informed by the data and directed by changes in impairment and chronicity.

The findings were first presented at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress in Singapore, 2015. The audience, who were highly favorable to this novel tool offered extensive input and assisted to improve the ‘app’.

So far, 7,750 people have downloaded the app on the iTunes and Google Play stores. The free app provides best practice and evidence-based recovery interventions for upper extremity stroke rehabilitation.

Learn more at viatherapy.org

Initial funding to undertake this work came from the Canadian Stroke Network.