DPT Faculty Member, Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD received Department of Defense Funding

With immense pleasure we are excited to announce the Department of Defense has funded a $2.1 million grant to Dr. Randy Trumbower to study a set of novel approaches that may enhance mobility in persons with subacute, incomplete spinal injury.  Dr. Trumbower has garnered consistent funding for his work since he joined our faculty about 5 years ago including a substantial NIH grant that he is currently working on related to spinal cord injuries.

Clearly, this additional grant from Department of Defense speaks to the strong confidence the funding agencies have in his ideas and the quality of the work accomplished in his lab!

Please join us in wishing Randy our heartiest congratulations.

Emory DPT Program Announces the Appointment of Dr. Edelle Field-Fote to its Faculty

It is with immense pleasure we announce the appointment of Dr. Edelle Field-Fote as Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (effective June 1st).

Dr. Field-Fote will serve as the Director of our recently created DPT/PhD dual degree program with the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech.

As most of you know, Edee is internationally known for her pioneering contributions to the field of Spinal Cord Injury research and currently is serving as the Director of Spinal Cord Research at the Shepherd Center.
Edee received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a certificate in Physical Therapy followed by a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety from University of Miami in Florida.  She then got her PhD in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Edee returned to Miami to complete her postdoctoral training in motor control physiology and worked with the Miami project to cure paralysis.  She then joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the Miller School of Medicine at University of Miami and rose through the ranks to become a full professor before she recently moved to Atlanta to join the Shepherd Center. As indicated earlier, Edee is a prolific researcher with a long standing interest in working with patients with spinal cord injury and she has served as an editorial board member on many prestigious journals in the field of rehabilitation and currently she is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, the official journal of the Neurology section of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Among many honors to her name, Edee is a Catherine Worthingham fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.  She is also the recipient of Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, Chattanooga Research Award and John Maley award for outstanding contributions to leadership in research.

We can now boast of having three faculty members who are recognized as Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association (Steve Wolf and Susan Herdman along with Edee).
It is with great joy that we welcome Edee to our faculty!

DPT Faculty Member Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, CCS chosen for a Crystal Apple Award


Congratulations to DPT Faculty Member, Kathy Lee Bishop, PT, DPT, CCS who has been chosen this year for a Crystal Apple Award. The Crystal Apple Awards honor faculty members who go above and beyond in their search for knowledge and involvement in the Emory community. Each year, students are asked to nominate their professors. Of the eight (8) different Crystal Awards, Dr. Bishop was chosen to receive the Laura Jones Hardman Award for Excellence in Service to the Emory Community.

This award is named for Mrs. Laura Jones Hardman, a distinguished member of the Emory Board of Trustees, who exemplifies devotion to Emory, its students, and unsurpassed altruism to the greater community. It is bestowed upon an instructor who exemplifies incredible service that is generally separate from obligations to teaching and research. Dr. Bishop has been in the forefront for a number of years in promoting heart health in our community and has modeled for our students volunteerism at many levels in serving our community. Clearly, our students have recognized her altruism and unbeknownst to the faculty (including Dr. Bishop) took it upon themselves to nominate her successfully for this award! This is Emory’s only teaching award given to teachers by students and thus makes it all the more special!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bishop on this outstanding honor. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Bishop on a very nice article which featured her in the AJC entitled “PT, Daughter and Advocate”! Please click here to read the article.

DPT Faculty Member, Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD receives APTA’s Eugene Michels New Investigator Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Randy Trumbower has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Eugene Michels New Investigator Award. Its purpose is to acknowledge an outstanding new investigator who has demonstrated a commitment to a defined research theme as exemplified in the professional and research career of Eugene Michels (deceased 1996). He was a former Associate Executive Vice President for Research and Education, who also served as APTA President for two terms (from 1967 to 1973), and as APTA Treasurer (from 1964 to 1967).

The Eugene Michels New Investigator Award recognizes Dr. Trumbower’s contribution to research thus far and more importantly how this contribution is having (at present and in the future) an impact upon our profession. Dr. Trumbower joins other illustrious investigators in our field including Edee Field-Fote, PT, PhD, Stuart Binder-McLeod, PT, PhD as well as others who have received this prestigious award.

Our recognition and thanks is extended to Dr. Steven Wolf for successfully spearheading the nomination process on behalf of our faculty.

Congratulations to Dr. Trumbower on his meritorious achievement!

DPT Director Appointed to APTA’s Excellence in Physical Therapist Education Task Force

Dr. Zoher Kapasi, Associate Professor and Director of the Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy has been appointed to the APTA’s Excellence in Physical Therapist Education Task Force. This task force is charged with providing advice and counsel to the APTA Board of Directors “regarding current and emerging issues impacting the ability of physical therapist education to produce practitioners to meet the needs of the current and evolving health care system”. This appointment is a testament to Dr. Kapasi’s national visibility and leadership in physical therapist education and reflects so well not only on our educational programs, but our entire Division and Department.

Roger Herr, APTA Board Director, will be chairing the task force; other members include Rebecca Craik, Anthony Delitto, Jamie Dyson, Peggy Blake Gleeson, Marty Hinman, Karen Paschal, and Lisa Saladin, as well as external consultants.

DPT Faculty Member, Michael Borich, DPT, PhD selected as a CORRT Scholar

Faculty Member, Dr. Michael Borich has been selected as a CORRT Scholar effective September 1, 2015. The Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Research Training (CORRT) is a Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapists. It provides funding for new investigators to acquire the research skills necessary to become independent investigators in rehabilitation approaches. It is funded by the National Center Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development / National Institute Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Borich has proven himself to be very adept at using multimodal imaging approaches to study brain activity in healthy individuals and after stroke. Additionally, he has a proven funding and publication track record. As a CORRT scholar, funding will be available for protected time for research for up to 5 years. This success shows his singular focus and drive to establish himself as an independent investigator.

Congratulations to Dr. Borich