Congratulations to the Academy of Education’s Newly Elected Leaders

The APTA Academy of Education is excited to announce new leadership for the organization! With the close of this year’s election, the Academy of Education looks forward to ushering in a new class of volunteer leaders who will serve to better the academic community of physical therapy educators. The Academy thanks the nominees and members who voted during the 2023-2024 election. Newly elected leaders will begin their terms on July 1st.  

Academy of Education President-Elect Chalee Engelhard stated, “The Academy of Education is super excited to get to work with our incoming and continuing leaders to carry on our exemplar work in advancing our community of physical therapy educators. We are also very grateful to the leaders completing their terms of service to the Academy.”

Please join us in congratulating the future leadership for the APTA Academy of Education:

Academy Nominating Committee Member – Tara Haj, PT, DPT, EdD

Academic Faculty SIG – Derek Liuzzo, PT, DPT, PhD

Academic Faculty SIG Nominating Committee – Stephanie Eton, PT, DPT, GCS

Anatomy Educators SIG Vice Chair – Alison L. McKenzie, PT, DPT, PhD

Anatomy Educators SIG Membership Secretary – Eryn Milian, PhD, DPT

Anatomy Educators SIG Nominating Committee – Melissa Cencetti, PT, DPT, EdD

Clinical Education SIG Clinical Co-Chair – Angela N. Henning, PT, Cert MDT, CCS

Clinical Education SIG Recording Secretary – KeithAnn Halle, PT, DPT

Clinical Education SIG Nominating Committee – Julie Lombardi, PT, DPT, CBIS, NCS

PTA Educators SIG Chair – Jordan Tucker, PT, DPT, EdD

PTA Educators SIG Membership Secretary – Amanda Heilman, PTA, MHS

PTA Educators SIG Nominating Committee – Carolyn Shishler, PT, MEd

Residency/Fellowship Education SIG Vice Chair – David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Residency/Fellowship Education SIG Membership Secretary – Martha Bloyer, PT, DPT, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

Residency/Fellowship Education SIG Nominating Committee – Kristina Stein, PT, MPT

Scholarship of Education SIG Chair – Sarah Gilliand, PT, DPT, PhD

Scholarship of Education SIG Secretary – Cara Felter, PT, DPT, MPH

Scholarship of Education SIG Nominating Committee – Kelly Reynolds, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD(c)


The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is the professional association dedicated to excellence in physical therapist education. ACAPT members are US higher education institutions with an accredited physical therapist education program. Member institutions encompass 95% of physical therapist education programs and are champions of academic innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. ACAPT is the principal voice representing academic physical therapy.

In October 2020, ACAPT membership voted to form the National Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission (NEDIC) with a central objective of increasing "enrollment, retention, and graduation of racial and ethnic minority students (Black, Native American or Tribal Groups, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Latinx) in physical therapist professional education programs and increasing the number of racial and ethnic minorities among faculty and leadership in professional education." NEDIC was charged with creating new anti-racist and anti-bias policies, programming, and actions that will stimulate academic programs to strive for equity, diversity, and inclusion and support them in that effort. For a list of the NEDIC commissioners, please see Appendix A.

To work toward its central objective, NEDIC commissioners organized an in-person two- and one-half-day summit designed to bring together leaders in the health professions to stimulate deep conversation focused on improving the representation of individuals from historically excluded racial and ethnic groups in the physical therapy profession. The impetus for the NEDIC Summit came from a commission review of existing initiatives and documents in academic physical therapy, including the 2016 ACAPT Diversity Task Force report.

The NEDIC Summit was held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, from June 27-29, 2022. Over 60 participants, including representatives from seven health professions, including physical and occupational therapy, allopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, athletic training, chiropractic/naturopathy, and industries including law, education, and business attended. For a list of the NEDIC Summit supporters and sponsors, please see Appendix A.


Congratualtion to our 2023 APTA Academy of Education Award and Grant Winners!

Adopt-a-Doc Scholarship

Michele “Shelly” Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS

Mindy Brummett, PT, DPT, OCS

Corri L. Stuyvenberg PT, DPT, MA


Award for Leadership in Education 

Jennifer W. Rodriguez, PT,DPT, MS

Cerasoli Lecture

Emmanuel Babatunde John, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, MBA


The Distinguished Educator in Physical Therapist Education Award

Bradley W. Stockert PT, PhD


Distinguished Educator in Physical Therapist Assistant Education Award

Becky Keith, PT, MSHS


Distinguished Mentor in Residency/Fellowship Education Award

Morris Casano Beato, PT, DPT


President's Award

Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD

Joyce Maring, PT, DPT, EdD


Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award

Jennifer A. Dubbert, PT, DPT, MS


Feitelberg Journal Founder's Award

Factors Contributing to Burnout and Well-Being in Physical Therapist

Allison Smith, PT, DPT, PhD


  • Allison Smith, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Jennifer Ellison, PT, PhD
  • Jennifer Bogardus, PT, PhD
  • Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD


Stanford Award

Competency-Based Education in Physical Therapy: Developing a Framework for Education

Gail Jensen, PhD, PT


  • Gail Jensen, PhD, PT
  • Diane U. Jette, PT, DSc
  • Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Steven B. Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD
  • Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD
  • Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA
  • Ana Lotshaw, PT, PhD

Grant Awards

“Development of the Master Adaptive LearnerBehavioral Assessment Scale (MAL BAS) for use inPhysical Therapist Education”

Wing Fu, PT, PhD, MA (PI); Tricia R. Prokop, PT, MSPT, EdD;Rosa Elena Torres-Panchame, PT, DPT

“A Comprehensive Analysis of Availability, Compliance, and Inclusivity of Technical Standards in U.S. Physical Therapist Programs” 
Amanda Sharp, PT, DPT, PhD (PI), Deana Herrman, PT, PhD