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.

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

Dr. Lena Ting receives the Health Care Heroes Award in the Allied Health Professional category from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This award recognizes her work using technologies to improve rehabilitation for individuals with movement disorders. We congratulate Dr. Ting on the award!

Lena Ting, PhD, is winner in the Allied Health Professional category, for her work blending science, engineering and robotics to improve rehabilitation for individuals with movement disorders and those who have experienced stroke, spinal cord injury, or lower limb loss. A professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory School of Medicine, Ting’s research focuses on the brain and body interactions that allow us to walk, stand and balance with little thought. Drawing from neuroscience, biomechanics, rehabilitation, robotics and physiology, she has discovered new principles of human and animal motor control that are being used to advance the direction of current physical therapy research. Ting also serves as a mentor and educator to researchers in rehabilitation science and engineering, including serving as a mentor for the National Institutes of Health-funded Training in Grantsmanship in Rehabilitation Research program.

Also see Health Care Heroes Awards.

Celebrating the Latinx Community at Emory: CARAS

Nathalie Rosales, Tami Phillips, Nathalie Angel and Stephanie Tirado

Nathalie Rosales, Tami Phillips, Nathalie Angel and Stephanie Tirado

The fifth annual CARAS (Celebrating Accomplishments and Recognizing Academic Success) was held on May 12, 2018 in the Cox Ballroom. CARAS is a commencement celebration linked to Latinx and Hispanic traditions at Emory. The event celebrates the accomplishments of graduating students who are members of and/or connected to the Latinx community. The ceremony includes the sashing of the stole and lighting of the candle. DPT students Nathalie Angel, Nathalie Rosales and Stephanie Tirado participated in CARAS this year. A faculty/staff member along with the graduating student and parent pair to participate in the cerebration. The family member or mentor presents the student with his or her commemorative stole, which is worn at the Emory University graduation ceremony. The candle lighting is symbolic of the passing of knowledge from faculty/staff to student and from the student to their families and communities. This year DPT faculty Tami Phillips, PT, DPT, MBA accompanied the DPT students to the ceremony.

Students worked with the members of “Belonging and Community Justice”, The Latino Student Organization, HOLA, The Emory LatinX Alumni and The Emory Alumni Association to plan the event. The ceremony was given in English; Spanish, and Portuguese and Latin culture was celebrated through food and music with the students and their families.

CARAS was started out of a need identified by a series of Latinx/Hispanic student focus groups held by the (then) Office of Multicultural Programs and Services.


The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Spring 2018: Bringing together reflections and analysis of the physical, cognitive, emotional, socio-cultural, spiritual, and political elements that comprise humanism in rehabilitation.

The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Spring 2018: Bringing together reflections and analysis of the physical, cognitive, emotional, socio-cultural, spiritual, and political elements that comprise humanism in rehabilitation.