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!