Dr. Lena Ting Elected A Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

Dr. Lena Ting in our Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering Department, has just been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). This is a prodigious honor and speaks volumes about Dr. Ting’s international recognition as a leader in Neural Engineering. Dr. Ting will be inducted to the AIMBE College of Fellows at the Annual Fellows Meeting in the spring. Congratulations Dr. Ting!

Emory’s Doctoral of Physical Therapy Program, benefits GiGi’s Playhouse

2015-octEmory Doctor of Physical Therapy student Logan Smith helps a young child with Down Syndrome pet a hippotherapy horse last Saturday at the Fall Fit at Chastain Horse Park. The annual event, which is hosted by Emory’s Doctoral of Physical Therapy program, benefits GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome awareness center. Families affected by Down Syndrome gathered for a fun day of purposeful play, parental education, and interactive activities, as doctoral students helped parents find ways to incorporate balance, strength, and coordination training into their children’s daily lives.

Class of 2015 Marquette Challenge Donation

The Emory DPT Class of 2015 opted to donate $520.55 to the Marquette Challenge in honor of the “incredible Faculty and Staff in the Emory Division of Physical Therapy”.   Claire Bradley, 2015 Class Treasurer made this announcement on behalf of their class.  According to Claire this donation serves as a symbol of gratitude for all of the support the class has received from the faculty and staff during their time at Emory.  “If it weren’t for the countless hours of hard work from the faculty and staff, we wouldn’t be the soon to be physical therapists we are today!  This money was raised by participation fees for the Career Fair held in March.  We are so happy to be able to donate it to the Marquette Challenge, which raises money to fund physical therapy research.”

Dr. Kapasi, Director of the Program, accepted this generous and gracious gift on behalf of the faculty and staff and encouraged the class to remain engaged in service of their chosen profession for years to come.

Which Side Are You On?

Our very own Dr. Bruce Greenfield, PT, MA (Bioethics) PhD  was featured in the Oxford Debate arguing against the proposition at this year’s NEXT Conference and Exposition June 3-6, 2015 in National Harbor, MD.  The debaters argued points and counterpoints on the following topic:  Physical therapy is a business, and all physical therapists must demonstrate comprehensive business management and marketing principles as an entry-level skill to the profession in all settings.  The Moderator was Charles (Chuck) Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Chair.   The Debate took place on Friday, June 5th and was a “spirited dialogue on this provocative topic” complete with costumes and props.

Dr. Greenfield also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Ethics here at Emory University.

DPT Associate Director Invited to serve on APTA’s Awards Committee-Subcommittee on Education

Dr. Marie Johanson, PT, PhD, OCS Associate Professor and Associate Director has been invited to serve on the Awards Committee-Subcommittee (2015) on Education from 07-01-15 through June 30, 2017 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board of Directors.  This new assignment only adds to Dr. Johanson’s considerable work and recognition at the national level as well as showcasing the growing visibility of the Emory DPT Division and Faculty.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johanson in being selected for this national committee!

Dr. Susan Herdman awarded the Anne-Shumway Cook Lectureship for 2016

Former DPT Program Director and Professor Emeritus, Susan Herdman, PT, PhD, FAPTA has been awarded the Anne Shumway-Cook Lectureship for 2016 by the Neurology Section of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  This Lectureship is designed to acknowledge and honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the area of neurologic physical therapy research and practice.  Recipients of the Ann Shumway-Cook Lectureship have distinguished themselves as an esteemed neurorehabilitation scientist whose work has influenced neurologic physical therapist clinical practice.  Dr. Herdman’s lecture at CSM 2016 will provide an opportunity to share experiences related to the translation of her research into physical therapy clinical practice.

Our Division is now fortunate to boast of two faculty members receiving this honor.  Dr. Steve Wolf was the recipient of the Anne Shumway-Cook Lectureship for 2014.

Dr. Steve Wolf selected as 2015 Fellow by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation

The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Education Foundation has selected Steve Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA as the 2015 Fellow. This is an honorary position established in 2008 to honor individuals annually who have contributed significantly to the field of Neurorehabilitation and to the ASNR specifically.  Congratulations to Dr. Wolf for this very well deserved honor and bringing further limelight to our Division and Profession.

Emory DPT Program Receives Coalition of the Liberal Arts Funding

We are happy to announce that the Coalition of the Liberal Arts (CoLA) at Emory has funded a $20,000 grant to us to offer a course entitled “Disability, Resilience and the Mortal Self” in spring of 2016.  The Principal Faculty involved in submitting the proposal are Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Bruce Greenfield, PT, MA (Bioethics) PhD, Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA and Aaron Stutz, PhD, MA (at Oxford College) Additionally, several of our students were involved in the planning and writing of this course proposal including Rebecca Crockett, Kari Lindegren, Katherine Voorhorst and Kevin Tolbert (who will start the DPT Program in June and is currently graduating from Emory College).

This CoLA course will engage the participants in an intricate, hands-on exploration of disability and resilience in the human life-course and focus primarily on physical disabilities that present neuromuscular impairments.  However, participants will explore how dealing with neuromuscular impairments shapes and relates to contexts for dealing with other forms of disability.

Congratulations to these students and faculty members in submitting a compelling course proposal that has successfully garnered this funding.

Congratulations to Faculty Michael Borich, DPT, PhD and Sumire Sato, SPT on Publication Acceptance

We are very pleased to announce that a perspective paper authored by Sumi Sato, SPT (first author) as part of a directed study with Dr. Michael Borich has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00250/abstract).  Sumi is a second year DPT student and now has a publication to her credit!   Outstanding!  This is a clear testimony to the vital mentorship of Dr. Borich.

Students publishing papers before their formal research projects have commenced is becoming a healthy trend in our program!  In recent years, Michelle Sauer (DPT 2015) published a paper with Dr. Trisha Kesar and Rob West (DPT 2014) published a paper with Dr. Bruce Greenfield.

Join us in congratulating Sumi Sato and Dr. Borich for this remarkable achievement!

Emma Stewart and McCade Powell Featured in AJC Article on Emory’s Senior Mentor Program

DPT 2nd Year Students, Emma Stewart and McCade Powell will be featured in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding Emory’s Senior Mentor Program where they will be shadowed at a meeting with their mentor.  Emma and McCade were deemed as having been exceptional this year with the program and have forged some very special relationships with their mentors.  They were both also asked for speak to next year’s student group.  What a great honor and privilege it is have them represent our program.  Congratulations to Emma and McCade