DPT I Student, Karen Wilson, Accepted to Rollins School of Public Health


Karen Wilson Emory DPT I Student

Emory DPT student, Karen Wilson, has recently been accepted to the Rollins School of Public Health Master of Public Health program. Karen will be the third student from Emory to enter the DPT/MPH dual-degree program.

Emory is excited to offer one of the few DPT-MPH dual degree programs in the country. Through a unique collaboration between the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Rollins School of Public Health, students earn the dual degrees in four years rather than the usual five years if the degrees were earned separately. Students will spend their first two years in the DPT program. In the third year students will complete the MPH degree. Within the MPH program, students will select a program concentration, such as Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy and Management or Global Health. The DPT degree will be completed in the fourth year.

Congratulations, Karen!

Faculty Member, Randy Trumbower, Honored with Emerging Leader Award


Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD

Dr. Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University Division of Physical Therapy, was recently given the Emerging Leader Award by the American Physical Therapy Association.

To read more about Dr. Trumbower and his research, please visit:

Faculty Page

Lab Website

Dr. Randy Trumbower Receives Two-Year Research Funding

In April, faculty member Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD, received two-year funding from the Craig Neilsen Foundation to study induced somatic motor functional recovery in persons with incomplete spinal cord injury. In Dr. Trumbower’s lab, functional recovery is induced by harnessing the capacity for spinal plasticity, particularly plasticity induced by repetitive exposure to acute intermittent hypoxia.

Grant title: Intermittent hypoxia promotes restoration of hand function following SCI

DPT Student Research Publication

The paper that was based on the work of the DPT research group of 2009 was accepted for publication in Journal of Comparative Neurology. The citation will be:

Hamilton, S., Hinkle, M., Nicolini, J., Rambo, L., Rexwinkle, A., Rose, S., Sabatier, M. Backus, D., and English, A.W., Misdirection of regenerating axons and functional recovery following sciatic nerve injury in rats. J. Comp. Neurol.

Emory’s DPT Program Wins Award in the Marquette Challenge

The Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has won the Foundation’s Award of Excellence in the Miami – Marquette Challenge.

Our students raised $11,910 for the foundation of research this year. Thank all the students who helped in this fundraiser, particularly Marti Ebert and Jenny Sharp for leading this effort. Students will be recognized during APTA’s Honors & Awards Ceremony at our National meeting next month in June.

Each year, for the past 21 years, students at PT and PTA schools across the country have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Marquette Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $1.5 million.


K12 Grant Awarded to Dr. Randy Trumbower for Research

Emory DPT faculty member Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD, was recently awarded a K12 grant for his research. The grant title is: “Acute Intermittent Hypoxia: A potential adjuvant to spinal cord injury rehabilitation “.

Emory PT Alumna, Meryl Gersh, Wins Trustees’ Medal


Meryl Roth Gersh, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy, is the recipient of the 2010 EWU Trustees’ Medal Award.

The Trustees’ Medal Award is the university’s highest form of recognition for faculty achievement. Each year since 1978, the award has honored teaching excellence, significant contributions to scholarship and research, and accomplishments in the development of academic programs and curriculums. The award consists of a bronze medallion and a $1,500 cash prize from the EWU Foundation.

Dr. Gersh began teaching at Eastern in September 1985, and, within one year, she moved into a tenure-track position, receiving tenure in 1992, and full professorship in 1996.
She earned a doctorate degree in leadership studies from Gonzaga University in 2008, a master’s degree in medical science from Emory University in Atlanta in 1978, and Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974.

An integral part of the Department of Physical Therapy since its inception in 1985, Dr. Gersh and the late Dr. Donna El-Din taught the entire curriculum for a period of time during the early years of the program.

Before her passing, Dr. El-Din, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, said of her friend and colleague, “The first faculty members of the department had a special role to play. We were responsible for the expected functions of a faculty member, teaching, research and service, but also for the accreditation function expected of our profession. Dr. Gersh came to us with clinical experience in virtually all areas of practice.”

Dr. El-Din added, “Dr. Gersh has vision for the current state of the program, as well as the future, and has been able to suggest and implement goals for the program related to that vision.”

Dr. Gersh played a significant role in the progression of the Physical Therapy Program as it developed from a bachelor’s degree, to a master’s degree, and to what is currently the university’s only doctoral degree program.

She has served the university in a variety of capacities, many of which are related to curriculum. Her vast experience on the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC), having served multiple terms, allowed her to provide significant input for the physical therapy curriculum and other curriculums within the health sciences and other disciplines.

As a member of the GAC, Dr. Gersh brought a balanced, patient and clear expression that guided the committee through a wide range of conversations on admission requirements, curricular proposals, policy, issue analysis and communication within the council and to the wider university community.

Beginning fall quarter 2010, she will serve as chair of EWU’s Physical Therapy Department.

Her insight and knowledge of professional physical therapy curriculum has been instrumental in the development of a program with a very high success rate of graduates for the physical therapy licensure exam.

Dr. Gersh is considered an outstanding teacher by her students. Her course evaluations have never failed to be rated excellent, or very good, by students enrolled in the program. She consistently receives high praises from the department faculty and faculty from other departments.
She is a highly sought-after speaker, often asked to present her areas of expertise at the local, state, national and international level.

In September 2009, she traveled to Chisinau, Moldova, on a medical mission, volunteering her service in physical therapy. She plans to return there for additional follow-up.

A member of the American Physical Therapy Association, she has served as a member of six sections, vice-chairing one. She is a manuscript reviewer for six peer-reviewed journals, of not only physical therapy, but also sports medicine. She has served as a consultant for the Intercollegiate School of Nursing and is currently a national consultant on electrophysiology and electrotherapy, as well as for the Medtronic Corporation.

Because of her service, the Physical Therapy Association of Washington has named her “Physical Therapist of the Year” and she has recently received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Lucy Blair Service Award for 2010 for her contributions to the profession of physical therapy.

During her 25 years at Eastern, Dr. Gersh has dedicated herself to the teaching of physical therapy students, providing service to the department, the university and the profession of physical therapy.
Dr. Gersh is a MMSc alumna of Emory’s physical therapy program.

Emory Physical Therapy Graduate, Megan Brock, Receives Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

Physical therapist and member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Megan Brock, PT, DPT, of Decatur, Georgia, received the APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award. She was honored during an awards ceremony at PT 2010: APTA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held in Boston, MA, June 2010.

As a student at Emory University, Brock volunteered much of her time to meeting the rehabilitation needs of underserved populations. She received a grant from Emory’s Global Health Institute to
pilot a partnership between the university and a medical facility in Guatemala for ongoing collaboration to improve rehabilitation care. Brock also served as physical therapy team leader for the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project where she piloted student physical therapist involvement in providing rehabilitation and ergonomic education to migrant farm workers in free medical clinics.

Brock has been the recipient of many awards, scholarships and honors, but most notably was selected as the 2009 graduate student recipient of the 2009 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

APTA’s Mary McMillan Scholarship Award honors Mary McMillan (Deceased 1959) who was a dedicated pioneer of physical therapy in the United States and abroad. This award recognizes outstanding physical therapy students who are nearing the completion of their program of study.


Emory PT Graduate Megan Brock, PT, MPH and APTA President Scott Ward, PT, PhD

American Physical Therapy Association
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New Orthopedic Residency Program

Application form (doc)
Reference form (pdf)

Applications can be faxed or mailed to the attention of Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Division of Physical Therapy
1462 Clifton Rd N.E. Suite 312
Atlanta GA 30322
Fax: 404-712-4130

Deadline for applications is June 1, 2011

Emory DPT Faculty Member, Susan Freed, and Emory DPT Alumna, Jessica Gibbs, are Recipients of the Dudley L. Moore 2010 Research Pilot Award

Susan Scott Freed, PT, DPT, PCS, and Jessica Gibbs, PT, DPT, are recipients of the Dudley L. Moore 2010 Research Pilot Award. Dr. Freed is an Assistant Professor in the Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and Dr. Gibbs is an alumna of the Emory DPT Program and the first pediatric resident for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Colleen Coulter O’Berry, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, an employee of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, also is a primary investigator of this study.

The Dudley L. Moore Research Pilot Award is among a list of Emory University internal funding sources for research and teaching projects.

The award was given to the research study titled:

Reliability & Discrimination Validity of Cervical Protractor Measures in Young Children With/Without Congenital Torticulis

Jessica Gibbs, PT, DPT, Rehab Div, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Colleen Coulter O’Berry, PT, DPT. PhD, PCS Rehab Div, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Susan Scott Freed, PT, DPT, PCS, Emory University, Dept of Rehab