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Sarah BlantonDPT Faculty member receives award from American Heart Association

Congratulations to DPT Faculty member, Dr. Sarah Blanton, for receiving a 2-year career development award from the American Heart Association. The title of her grant is: A Preliminary Test of a Carepartner-Integrated Telehealth Rehabilitation Program for Persons with Stroke. To underscore the significance of Sarah's achievement in this challenging funding climate, the association funded a total of 12 applications out of 67 applications reviewed, resulting in a 17.91% success rate for applications. Congratulations again to Dr. Blanton!

Emory stroke team part of NIH network

Emory University School of Medicine, in close collaboration with the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center, will be part of a network of 25 regional coordinating centers from across the nation supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to revolutionize stroke clinical research by addressing new discoveries in prevention, treatment and recovery. Read more.

Promising new treatment to help people with spine injuries walk better

A study conducted at Emory's Center for Rehabilitation Medicine shows short periods of breathing low oxygen levels can help some patients with spinal cord injuries walk better.

The research was published in the Nov. 27, 2013 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Read more and see video.

Emory DPT Continuing Education Program organized and hosted a nationally recognized event

Emory University’s Physical Therapy School has a history of providing educational opportunities that challenge and promote visionary thinking and innovative leadership within the physical therapy profession. This October 12-13, 2013 was no exception, with Emory DPT’s Continuing Education Program organizing and hosting a nationally recognized event: “Exploring the Role of Physical Therapy in the Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Obesity: Clinical Practice, Educational Curriculum and Research Agendas.” Read more and see photos.

Emory DPT Hosts Fall Fit Fest in Partnership with Gigi’s Playhouse

On Sunday, November 3rd, Emory University DPT hosted the Fall Fit Fest in partnership with Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome awareness center, and Chastain Horse Park. This fall carnival aimed to promote awareness and provide tools for the children and families at Gigi’s Playhouse to build healthy living habits. Read more and see photos.

Emory DPT Students Support the National Parkinson Foundation

Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk event. This year it was hosted in Atlanta with a goal to raise $100,000.00 to benefit the Foundation. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Read more and see photos.

Good Samaritan Health Center Back to School Clinic and Block Party

The Good Samaritan Health Center Back to School Clinic and Block Party was held on Saturday, August 3rd, outside the Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta building. More...

DPT Faculty Member completes requirements for recognition as FAAOMPT

Kathleen GeistThe Emory DPT Program announces with great pleasure that Dr. Kathleen Geist has successfully completed the requirements for recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in September. The “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy. Our “hats off” to Dr. Geist who pursued this credential over the last several months while serving as a full time faculty member and shepherding the Emory Orthopaedic Residency Program to a successful accreditation. Join us in congratulating Dr. Kathleen Geist, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT!


  L-R: Elizabeth Griffith, Michael J. Mueller, Physical Therapy Foundation/Board of Trustees, Katie Moise

DPT Students accept Marquette Challenge Award of Merit and Biggest Stretch Award at APTA Annual Conference

DPT Students, Katie Moise and Elizabeth Griffith, attended the APTA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. They had the privilege of accepting both the Award of Merit and the Biggest Stretch Award won in the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge for 2012-2013. Elizabeth and Katie, co-chairs of the Class of 2015 Philanthropy Committee, accepted the awards on behalf of the Emory DPT Program which raised $8,748.54 in donations for the challenge.


“Get a Leg Up on Gait Analysis and Intervention: Applied Biomechanics as a Foundation for Clinical Decision Making”

On June 29, 2013, 38 physical therapists and physical therapy assistants attended a full-day course focused on reviewing and applying biomechanical principles to common gait compensations found in individuals who have sustained neurological or orthopedic injury. More...


VEDA is proud to announce that Dr. Susan Herdman, PT, PhD, FAPTA has been awarded the title, 2013 Balance Awareness Week Honorary Chair.

Dr. Susan HerdmanDr. Herdman has been a member of VEDA since 1993 and serves on VEDA’s Board of Medical & Scientific Advisors. Dr. Herdman is the director of vestibular rehabilitation at the Dizziness & Balance Center at Emory University, and is known internationally for her work in vestibular rehabilitation. Her courses in vestibular rehabilitation have become an industry standard.

Dr. Herdman strongly supports VEDA, and asks you to join her by making a contribution to her personal campaign page: Copy and paste the following address

The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to help people recognize the symptoms of a vestibular disorder. Through increased awareness among patients and professionals we can better advocate for improved training and diagnostic protocols, and increased coverage of vestibular disorders by insurance companies. Together we can make a difference!

Thanks for all you do to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from inner ear balance problems!


Tony Staser, Development Director


DPT wins the Biggest Stretch Award- Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge!

In May we reported that our students raised $8,748.54 in donations to the Foundation for Physical Therapy for the 2012-2013 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge and won an “Award of Merit” given to schools who’s fund raising efforts exceed $6,000.

In addition to the Award of Merit, our students recently received the “Biggest Stretch” Award for the 2012-2013 Marquette Challenge! This is due to an increase in funds raised of $2,888.33 over last year’s total of $5,860.21.

Congratulations to our students once again for their outstanding endeavors!

Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2013!

On May 13th, Emory University held its 168th Commencement with over 4,100 graduates participating. Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Rita Dove delivered the keynote address. More...

DPT Program Earns Runner-Up in a GA Publix Marathon's Hydration Station Challenge

Emory DPT Program earned runner-up status in the GA Publix Marathon Hydration Station Challenge. As runners-up in this challenge, US Roadsports will donate $500 to the charity of the runner-up’s choice. More...


DPT/MBA student participates in a 50k (31 mile) run for lymphedema research

DPT/MBA Class of 2014 Student, Christine Pieton and friend, Marissa participated in a 50K (31 mile) Run for Lymphedema Research on Sunday, April 7th. They swept first and second place in their age group and raised close to $15,000 which exceeded their original goal by $5000!!!

Christina and Marissa had an amazing time of 7hours, 30minutes, climbed over 6000ft of elevation in the Berkley Hills area. Impressively it was done without injury! Congratulations to Christina and Marissa.

Pictured at left are Christine Pieton (right) and Friend Marissa.



Emory DPT seeking part-time faculty

Emory University Division of Physical Therapy is seeking candidates for a part-time faculty position at the rank of assistant professor for its expanding Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. We are seeking individuals
with expertise and passion for clinical education. For more information, see this announcement.

Trumbower's research highlighted on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website.

Trumbower's research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) is highlighted on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website. This highlight can be found in the Media Center portion of the website homepage

Karen WilsonKaren Wilson, a Dual Degree Student, was selected for the 2013 SPT Minority Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence!

Karen Wilson, Dual Degree Candidate for 2013 was selected to receive the SPT (Student Physical Therapist) Minority Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. This is an annual award offered to minority physical therapist students by the Physical Therapy Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by the APTA. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and reward demonstrated participation in minority affairs activities and services, the potential for superior achievements in physical therapy and academic excellence. The scholarship is awarded annually to physical therapy students in their final year of physical therapy education. Karen will graduate in May of this year with Master of Public Health and Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees.

Emory DPT Students raised over $8000 for Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge!

Thanks to efforts by the philanthropy committees, the Emory DPT Program will donate $8,749 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy for the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge this year. This will qualify our Program for an "Award of Merit," designated to schools who’s fund raising efforts exceed $6,000.

Recognition is owed to the hard work of the class of 2015 Philanthropy Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Griffith and Katie Moise and the class of 2014 Philanthropy Committee, chaired by Mackenzie Olson and Caitlyn Kruer as well as the many class volunteers. The students are excited to have improved on last year's total and hope to continue this trend in the future!

Kaitlin StewartEmory DPT Student Named 2013 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Congratulations to Kaitlin Stewart who based on her scholastic achievements, among other things, was nominated by the DPT faculty and has been selected to receive the award as a member of the 2013 Class of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Out of all of the Emory University 2013 graduates (professional, graduate and undergraduate), Kaitlin has been selected as one of these top 100 students. Kaitlin is a third-year DPT student and will graduate from Emory in May, 2013.

Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy Alumni Reception at CSM 2013

The Emory University DPT Faculty hosted a reception during the APTA/CSM Conference in San Diego, CA for its alumni and students. More...

Emory Division of Physical Therapy Opens a Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinic

The Division of Physical Therapy has embarked on an innovative, exciting new venture: beginning in Spring 2013, faculty, alumni and students will run a pro-bono physical therapy clinic in downtown Atlanta. The clinic is a partnership with the Good Samaritan Health Clinic which serves the medical and public health needs of an indigent, underserved population in the metro area. More...

Emory University Alumni Reception

Wednesday, January 23rd. 6:30-8:30pm at the San Diego Hilton, San Diego CA. See Flyer.


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