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Graduate Student Teaching Awards

Justin Staker, current Rehabilitation Science student, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 MSA/COGS Graduate Student Teaching Award for his work as a TA with the DPT students. The following is a quote from his nomination:

"...his intention is to develop us into critical thinkers and he wants to make us think through our own questions, based on what we already know. He never settles for just giving us the answer, but rather uses our prior knowledge to 'guide' us to the answer on our own."

Dr. Jessica Cassidy, recent Rehabilitation Science graduate, was also selected as a winner of the 2015 MSA/COGS Graduate Student Teaching Award. Quotes from her nomination include:

"She not only taught me about course material, but she was the type of person who went above and beyond her TA duties to help us all become professionals in our field. She was a great mentor and role model; a vision of what we will be in just a few short years."

"I will use Jessica's calm, patient, and understanding demeanor most often in my future academic and professional career."

Program in Physical Therapy Facebook Page

The Social Media Committee has officially launched a Facebook Page for our program! If you have a Facebook Account and want to 'like' the page, all you need to do is search "UMN Physical Therapy Program" at the top of your home page and our program's page should pop up. We have linked the program's Twitter account with the page so our tweets will be seen on Facebook as well. Please continue to email the Social Media Committee at ptum14@umn.edu for anything you would like shared with the social media world.

Minnesota Physical Therapy Association Legislative Day

Second year DPT student Matt Stoltman spoke at the MNPTA Legislative Day in St. Paul on February 19, 2015 on the importance of timely access to physical therapy services.

DPT Students Samantha Roedel and Taylor Thompson, Geriatric Resident Lizzy Sander, and physical therapy professionals met with Senator Scott Dibble to discuss Senate File 3 in hopes of achieving his support. With rural doctors in short supply, and physical therapy professionals overburdened with debt, adding physical therapists to the list of healthcare workers eligible to receive student loan forgiveness in these underserved areas may have substantial benefits to the community.

APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015

Click here to view the list of presentations given by the Program in Physical Therapy faculty and students.


Arin Ellingson, PhD, a new faculty member who will initiate a tenure-track Assistant Professor this June, has received a New Investigator Research Grant from the Scoliosis Research Society. The project aims to quantify the biochemical and mechanical profiles of intervertebral discs in those with adolescent spinal deformities using MRI.

Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT, received a Medical School equipment grant to support her project, "Integrated Motion Analysis and Biofeedback System for Upper Extremity Performance."

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT will be a Fellow at the 2015 Summer institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials. This 12-day intensive training incorporates competency training on 1) the conduct of randomized control trials, and 2) the planning, design and execution of clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT received the Catherine Worthington Fellow designation (FAPTA) - the highest honor among APTA's membership category. The purpose of FAPTA is to honor Dr. Worthington and inspire all physical therapists to attain the high level of professional excellence and impact in terms of advancing the profession she exemplified. Dr. Ludewig has been an active APTA member for nearly 30 years. She has a research focus of shoulder kinematics, and has amassed 62 peer-reviewed journal publications. As a principal investigator Dr. Ludewig holds external grants related to the risk of developing rotator cuff disorders and motion imaging for musculoskeletal diagnosis. As an educator Dr. Ludewig has taught numerous courses, including gross anatomy, clinical biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Manda Keller-Ross, DPT, PhD is receiving the Nike, Inc. Loren G. Myhre Postdoctoral Award for an abstract submitted to the Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section of the Experimental Biology. This work will be presented in April at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA. Dr. Keller-Ross will join our faculty in March, 2015.

Katie Fandrey (Class of 2015) has been selected to receive the Student Award for Geriatric Research from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (previous Geriatric Section). This is the first time one of our students has received this award. Katie went above and beyond the expectations of her research group, completing an additional project and presenting it at the Geriatric Society of America's national conference last year.

Teresa Kimberley, PhD, PT, received a one-year grant from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association to further her investigation into TMS and neuroimaging in laryngeal dystonia (also called spasmodic dysphonia0. Her study is titled, "Pathophysiology of Spasmodic Dysphonia: A TMS, fMRI Study."

Jim Carey, PhD, PT, FAPTA, received an Institute for Engineering in Medicine Seed Grant, titled "Home-Based tDCS and Hand Tracking Rehabilitation for Chronic Stroke."





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