Susan Herdman, Emory DPT Program Director, is Recipient of the APTA Marian Williams Award

Susan J. Herdman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Director of Emory’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Professor in Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Otolaryngology, is the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy. This award acknowledges the significant contributions to physical therapy through excellence in research.                       herdman_sm


Dr. Herdman received this award as recognition of her many years of outstanding clinical research, frequency of published scientific studies and formal presentations of her scientific studies, and continual demonstration of professional commitment to the physical therapy profession. She was presented with a plaque from APTA’s Board of Directors at the Association’s Annual Conference June 10-13 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Herdman specializes in the treatment of patients with vestibular deficits. The focus of her current research is determining predictors for successful rehabilitation of people with vestibular loss. Previous research examined treatment efficacy in patients with unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction and the mechanisms involved in the recovery of gaze stability.

Congratulations Emory DPT Class of 2009!!

On Monday, May 11, the Emory DPT Class of 2009 participated in commencement ceremonies to celebrate the beginning of their professional careers as physical therapists.

The day began with the All-Schools Ceremony where Vicente Fox Quesada, former President of Mexico, was the commencement speaker. Next, they participated in the Academic Health Professions Diploma Ceremony where John Banja, PhD, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Program in Health Sciences and Ethics at Emory University, was the commencement speaker. Following the ceremonies, graduates and their families gathered at a reception held in the Woodruff Heath Sciences Center Administrative Building (WHSCAB).

The DPT program’s first dual-degree student, Nate Thomas, received both DPT and MBA diplomas at the Diploma Ceremony.

Congratulations to the Emory DPT Class of 2009!




Dr. Susan Herdman, Emory DPT Program Director, Awarding Julie Granger Gold Cords for Graduating with Highest Honors


Emory DPT Graduates Anna Fidler and Hayley Freeman with Faculty Members Dr. Bruce Greenfield and Dr. Steve Wolf


Emory DPT 2009 Graduates Anita Kim, Julie Hoover, Megan Bowman and Elizabeth Kniesly


Emory DPT Class of 2009 Following Faculty Member Dr.Trish Bridges


The Emory All-Schools Commencement Ceremony


Commencement Speaker Vicente Fox Quesada at the Emory All-Schools Ceremony


Commencement Speaker John Banja at the Emory DPT Diploma Ceremony


Steve Walton, PhD, Associate Professor in the Goizueta School of Business, Awards Nate Thomas his MBA Diploma


Susan Herdman, PhD, Director of the Emory DPT Program, Awards Nate Thomas his DPT Diploma


Graduate Laura Henson with her Emory DPT Diploma


Faculty Members Drs. Vijaya Krishnamoorthy, Jeanne Charles, Jeff Hoder and Pat Nichols


Congratulations Emory DPT Class of 2009!!

Faculty Member Steve Wolf is the Recipient of the APTA Living Legend Award


Steve Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, has been honored with the APTA National Student Conclave Living Legend Award. This annual award was created in 2004 through the National Student Conclave to recognize a prominent physical therapist who has had, and continues to have, an impact the profession through teaching, research and leadership.

Other recipients of the Living Legend award include Florence Kendall, Shirley Sahrmann, Marilyn Moffat and Charles Magistro.

Dr. Wolf has been an active member of the APTA for many years and has been a past recipient of the Marian Williams Award for Research the Georgia Merit Award, the Robert C. Bartlett Recognition Award, the Helen J. Hislop Award for Excellence in Contributions to Professional Literature, the Lucy Blair Service Award. He is a past Mary McMillan Lecturer and recipient of the Neurology and Geriatric Sections awards for outstanding publications. Recently, he served on the Steering Committee to help organize the very successful Physical Therapy and Society Summit (PASS). PASS was a first-of-its-kind event for APTA and the PT profession. Its mission was to determine areas of opportunity to empower physical therapists to be leaders in: 1) integrating innovative technologies and practice models and 2) establishing collaborative multidisciplinary partnerships that address current, evolving, and future societal health care needs.

Dr. Wolf’s research initially focused on the role of feedback to enhance movement control from which emerged interests in muscle monitoring and retraining of stroke patients with EMG biofeedback, the use of Tai Chi to improve postural control in elderly individuals to reduce or prevent falling, and the effect of constraint-induced movement therapy of the hemiplegic upper extremity on recovery of movement function. Dr. Wolf also is involved in research to co-register transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) mapping of the motor cortex with fMRI. He has received NIH funding to pursue all these interests and most recently has received federal support to study the effects of robotic assistance on improvement of upper extremity function among patients with stroke.

Congratulations Dr. Wolf!

Rick Segal Elected an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow


Rick Segal, Ph.D., PT, Adjunct Faculty Member, has been selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. Only candidates who successfully meet all of the criteria below are considered by APTA’s Board of Directors for election to the Catherine Worthingham Fellow membership category:

  1. Demonstrated advancement of the profession of physical therapy in at least one of the four domains of research, education, practice, or advocacy.
  2. National recognition by APTA members and by leaders outside the physical therapy profession, with supporting documentation of achievements that have resulted in lasting contributions in at least two of the four domains of research, education, practice, or advocacy.
  3. Frequent and sustained contributions (leadership, influence, and achievements) to advance the profession over a period of not less than fifteen years.
  4. Definitive ways in which advancement of the physical therapy profession or lasting contributions have been achieved.
    1. Research
    2. Education
    3. Practice
    4. Advocacy

Congratulations to Rick on this prestigious and well-deserved honor!

Megan Brock and Lori Northcraft, DPT/MPH Students, Receive Grant for Thesis

Megan Brock and Lori Northcraft, DPT/MPH students, have been awarded a grant from the Emory Office of University-Community Partnerships to complete their thesis for the dual degree DPT/MPH entitled “A Descriptive Analysis of the Determinants and Characteristics of Musculoskeletal Health among Farmworkers in South Georgia”. Their research advisors are Cam Escoffery, PhD, from Rollins School of Public Health and Susan Freed, DPT, from the Division of Physical Therapy.

Lori Northcraft, Emory DPT/MPH Student, Awarded Emory Scholarship

Lori Northcraft, Emory DPT/MPH student, has been awarded one of two Emory Alumni Board Leadership Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Congratulations to Lori on this honor!!

Emory DPT Students and Faculty Host the Emory Invitational High School and Collegiate Wheelchair Track & Field Meet

inv_track_logoEmory University and the American Association of Adaptive Sports Program hosted the first of a kind national adapted sports track event on March 26, 2009. Approximately 30 high school and college wheelers from 7 states and two countries competed. The event was made possible via volunteers from Emory’s DPT Program.



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Nate Thomas, Emory DPT/MBA Student, Wins APTA Mary McMillan Award


Nate Thomas, Emory DPT/MBA student, has been selected as a recipient of the APTA Mary McMillan Award. The intent of the award is to recognize those students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis, and recipients are selected on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Superior scholastic performance.
2. Past productivity.
3. Evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy.
4. Service to the American Physical Therapy Association.

Student recipients receive monetary awards when notified of selection and will receive certificates presented by APTA’s Board of Directors at the Association’s annual conference.

During his time at Emory, Nate has served as President of the DPT Class of 2008, has received the Excellence in Leadership Award for the Class of 2008, and is the first DPT-MBA dual degree student. While obtaining his MBA through the Goizueta Business School at Emory, he served as the Vice President of Goizueta Healthcare Club (2007-2008), won the Unsung Hero Award (Class of 2008), and was selected as a Fellow in the Goizueta Advanced Leadership Academy.

Nate has also demonstrated leadership and service through his involvement in the APTA. He served on the APTA National Student Assembly Board of Directors as Treasurer (2006-2007), President (2007-2008), and Delegate (2008-2009). He was the APTA Private Practice Section national essay contest winner (2008), the only student chosen to be on the APTA Strategic Thinking and Planning Group, and Assistant to the Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates (2007).

We congratulate Nate for all his achievements and awards as a DPT/MBA student at Emory!

Faculty Member Contributes Expertise to Arthritis Publication


Brenda Greene, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, recently contributed her time and expertise to Arthritis Today, the consumer health magazine published by the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Greene provided consultation services for development of a web video of exercises appropriate for people with arthritis.

The Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Marcy O’Koon Moss, was extremely appreciative of Dr. Greene and her contribution to the project. In a letter to the Division of Physical Therapy Director, Marcy wrote: “Brenda was a gem to work with – professional, knowledgeable and generous with her time.”

Dr. Greene began teaching in the Physical Therapy Program at Emory University in 1988. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she currently serves as an Associate Director of the program. Dr. Greene was among the first board certified orthopedic clinical specialists in 1989. Dr. Greene has a particular interest in injury prevention and health promotion for persons with chronic diseases such as arthritis and work-related cumulative trauma disorders. Her research activities involve collaboration with rheumatologists and other healthcare professionals in clinical and community settings.

Emory University Alumni Reception at CSM

The Division of Physical Therapy held its annual Alumni Reception at the Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 11. The event was held from 5:00-7:00pm at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and was hosted by the faculty for students, alumni and Georgia physical therapists associated with the Emory DPT program.

Over 150 people attended the reception and enjoyed plentiful food, drinks and good company. It was a wonderful event, and we look forward to hosting the reception again at CSM in 2010.

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