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Dr. Trisha Kesar was awarded a research grant award by the American Heart Association

Dr. Kesar is the recipient of a Scientist Development Grant, which provides $77000 per year of funding for 4-years. As part of this grant, Dr. Kesar will characterize the time course of biomechanical and neural processes underlying post-stroke gait rehabilitation. More...

Service of Gratitude – Held on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Canon Chapel

Having just finished their Anatomy course, the first year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, held a Service of Gratitude to honor the gift of cadavers they received to pursue their studies in anatomy. This non-denominational service was held at Emory’s Canon Chapel and attended by the DPT Program faculty and students along with families and friends of the students. More...

Fifth Annual White Coat Ceremony Held for DPT Class of 2015

The fifth annual White Coat Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in the sanctuary at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus. The ceremony marks the students’ transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences and also initiates them in physical therapy ethics. More...

Emory Physical Therapy Phonathon

Emory Physical Therapy Phonathon on Monday, October 29 to raise money for the Emory Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund. Please donate and help us achieve our goal of 100% alumni and faculty participation! More

Fall 2012 Extension Newsletter

The latest edition of alumni newsletter, Extension, is now available here.

Two Emory DPT Alums Chosen As “Emerging Leaders” Of Our Profession

The Emory DPT Program is proud to announce that two Emory alums, Meg Jacobs, '09DPT and Jeff Ryg, '06DPT have made the list of 21 physical therapists chosen by APTA as "Emerging Leaders" of our profession. See more here.

Our mission states "The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to the development of pro-active, ethically-engaged, caring leadership...."

Thus, we can all be proud and celebrate this recognition of our alums as an indication, among others, of how we are accomplishing this mission.

Welcome Back Party

Welcome Back DPT Class of 2013! The Class of 2013 was welcomed back with enthusiasm and excitement at a “cook-out” styled celebration as they returned from their long-term clinical rotations. These students return after having completed three (3) ten-week clinical rotations in an acute care setting, a rehabilitation setting and a community setting. The students come back in their 3rd and final year of the program where they will take elective courses and do research projects with a faculty mentor.

The celebration is held to welcome the students back to campus as they head toward completion of their pursuit of becoming Doctors of Physical Therapy.

See photos.

Emory DPT Faculty, Alumni, and Students Provide PT Services in Rural Jamaica

“Wah gwaan mi friends?” (What is going on my friends?) was a common Patois refrain heard by the Emory DPT contingent that traveled in March to Ridge, Jamaica.  Unlike coastal beach towns for which Jamaica is famous, this rural community is located in the beautiful mountains of St. Elizabeth Parish.  Known as “the breadbasket of Jamaica”, this vast area has a population of approximately 150,000 persons, but is lacking in medical care that can be found in larger cities.  The trip was a service component of an Advanced Neurorehabilitation elective taught by Dr. Tami Phillips.  Joining Dr. Phillips as clinical instructors for 8 students were alumni, Dr. Anna Fidler Stromquist (’09), Dr. Brian Maloney (’11) and Dr. Sarah Caston (’11). More

Promotion Announcement for Dr. Marie Johanson

The Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Marie Johanson has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective September 1, 2012.

This promotion signifies the national recognition that Marie has achieved among her peers through her outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.

This promotion is also recognition of the stature of our program, department and its faculty within the Emory School of Medicine.

We extend our heartiest congratulations to Marie as we celebrate with her this well-deserved accomplishment.

Dr. Randy Trumbower is Member of Interdisciplinary Team Awarded Georgia Tech Petit Institute Grant

Drs. Trumbower and Ting were awarded a grant through the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (see announcement). This award is for $50,000 a year (for up to two years) to support collaborative research on locomotor muscle coordination in persons with incomplete spinal cord injury.

Please see Georgia Tech IBB news posting and Dr Trumbower’s InspirLab website for more details.

Emory DPT Faculty and Students Volunteer in South Georgia Farmworker Health Project

For two weekends in June, students from the 2nd year DPT class volunteered their time with the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project in Bainbridge and Valdosta, Georgia. Faculty members Sara Pullen, Kathleen Geist and Tami Phillips, Professor Emeritus Susan Freed and eight alumni served as mentors and clinical instructors to the students. More

Strong Neurological Expertise Among Emory DPT Faculty

Congratulations to Tami Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, on her recent Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification. She joins Sarah Blanton and Laura Zajac-Cox both Assistant Professors, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, who recently received their NCS recertification for another 10 years.

The NCS certification and recertification by these Emory DPT faculty members are recognition and confirmation of their unique skills by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Meet the Class of 2015

The Division of Physical Therapy faculty, students and staff welcome the DPT Class of 2015. This diverse class includes 66 students, 80% of which are from outside Georgia and 20% are males. They are represented by 50 Universities and 25 majors. More

Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2012

On May 14, 2012, the Emory DPT Program graduated the DPT Class of 2012. The Emory University graduation ceremony was held on the quad where internationally renowned neurosurgeon and humanitarian, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson delivered the keynote address. More

Faculty Member Bruce Greenfield Completes His Master Degree in Bioethics

Bruce Greenfield, Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Division of Physical Therapy, completed his MA degree from Loyola University (Chicago) in Bioethics. More

Emory DPT Students Win Honorable Mention in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the Emory DPT students have won Honorable Mention in the Pittsburgh – Marquette Challenge. They raised a total of $5,860.21 in this year’s Challenge.

The grand total will be announced at the Foundation’s Legacy Gala at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Tampa, FL on Thursday, June 7. Students will be recognized during APTA’s Honors & Awards Celebration that begins at 6:00pm in the Florida Ballroom.

Emory DPT Ranked 7th in the US by US News and World Report

The 2012 rankings of Physical Therapy programs was just released by US News and World Report and the Emory Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been ranked number 7 - moving up from the number 11 spot in the country.

This ranking is a testament to our stellar faculty, students, staff and alumni who represent our program locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations to all.

Dr. Randy Trumbower's Students at GA Tech Win 2012 InVenture Prize

Dr. Randy Trumbower, Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory, as well as, Program Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology mentored a team of talented undergraduate students in Georgia Tech’s BME 4602 Capstone Design class toward a first place finish in the highly competitive InVenture Prize. More

Emory DPT Faculty and Students Travel to the Dominican Republic

During the week of March 11-17th, eight students accompanied Dr. Sara Pullen and Dr. Durga Shah to San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. More

Opportunity for VA Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics, offers federal employment for post-doctoral training for up to three years of research focused experience. Individuals must have already completed a doctoral degree in a health profession and at least one-year of clinically focused activity.

This opportunity has not traditionally been listed with other post-doctoral opportunities, but offers substantial support to qualified applicants. DPT graduates would be eligible.

To learn more, download the VA Special Fellowship Application pdf.

Emory University Alumni Reception

You are cordially invited to attend the Emory University Alumni Reception during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting at the Chicago Hilton on February 10th in the Grand Traditional Room from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. More...

Emory DPT Student and Faculty Research Article Accepted for Publication

The article The EXCITE Trial: Analysis of “Noncompleted” Wolf Motor Function Test Items appears in Volume 26 Issue 2 February 2012 pp. 178 – 187 of the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, the highest impact journal in neurorehabilitation in the world.  2011 Emory DPT graduates Timothy Lonergan, Emily Estes, Rozina Merchant and Natasha Richardson participated in the project guided by senior author and associate faculty member Steve Wolf. More...


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