Keynote theme: Social Responsibility in Physical Therapy: Are We There?

Keynote title:  Social Responsibilities of a Profession from a Public Health Lens

Dr. Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee. He is the founder of AlignCare Health, a One Health interprofessional system to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means. He earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University.

Previously, Dr. Blackwell served as:

  • Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the Surgeon General of the United States
  • Deputy Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration
  • Chief Veterinary Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

During 23 years on active duty with the U.S. Public Health Service, he achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral. Dr. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and two Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medals. He is the 2020 recipient of the Avanzino Leadership Award and the 2021 recipient of the Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award.

IGNITE speakers:

Karla Bell, PT, DPT, GCS, Associate Professor, Co-Director of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Science, Thomas Jefferson University

Moyo B. Tillery PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Education, Elon University

Kim Varnado, PT, DPT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, Program Director, Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, College of Saint Mary

Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH

Roger Herr, PT, MPA, APTA President, Vice President of Visiting Nurse Society in New York

Rupal M. Patel, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM, President and CEO, Professor of Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


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APTA is pleased to announced the 2022 Honors and Awards Program recipients.  Congratulations to the members from APTA Academy of Education who have been selected to receive the following awards:  

Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

Marsha E. Rutland, PT, BSPT, MEd, ScD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Lucy Blair Service Award

Ann W. Fick, PT, DPT, MS

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

Lucy Blair Service Award

Colleen Chancler, PT, MHS, PhD

Lucy Blair Service Award

Diane Evelyn Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA

Lucy Blair Service Award

Holly Clynch, PT, DPT, MA

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy Emeritus

Lucy Blair Service Award

Julie A. Peterson, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy

Lucy Blair Service Award

Peggy J. Lynam, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Lucy Blair Service Award

Susan Flannery Wainwright, PT, PhD

Lucy Blair Service Award

Terry Nordstrom, PT, EdD, FAPTA

Lucy Blair Service Award

Yasser Salem, PT, MAPT, MS, PhD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

Kaitlyn Cornelius, PT, DPT

F A Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator

Christina D. Howard, PT, MPT, EdD

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Deydre S. Teyhen, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Jennifer A. Furze, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

John A. Buford, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Joseph J. Godges, PT, DPT, MA, FAPTA

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Lisa VanHoose, PT, MSPT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Mary C. Sinnott, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Patricia J. Ohtake, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Catherine Worthingham Fellow

Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, MA, PhD, FAPTA

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy Emeritus

Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award

Theresa Marko, PT, DPT, MS

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Humanitarian Award

Anne D. Kloos, PT, PhD

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Eugene Michels New Investigator Award

Joshua J. Stefanik, PT, MSPT, PhD

Minority Scholarship Award

Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, MBA

Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award

David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Outstanding PTA Award

Lisa Stejskal, PTA, MAEd

Societal Impact Award

Jennifer Tucker, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Award recipients will be recognized with a ceremony and a reception hosted by the PT Fund on Sunday, August 14, in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The Honors & Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the 27th John H.P. Maley Lecture beginning at 7:00 pm E.T. Ballroom seating will be limited, but the event will be live streamed.



The Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE) is the official publication of Academy of Education (Academy).  The Academy’s mission is to advance PTs and PTAs as educators and vision is to be the premier resource for PT and PTA educators.

The JOPTE supports the Academy in all initiatives:

  • Advance: Inspiring PTs and PTAs in their roles as educators.
  • Connect: Leading physical therapy education through organizational collaboration and member engagement.
  • Elevate: Elevating the profession by furthering physical therapy educational research.
  • Lead: Exhibiting strong leadership to advance the Academy.

Editor(s) participate in actively administering the JOPTE editorial processes and functions, including selection of members of the editorial board and peer reviewers. The Editor(s) make all final editorial decisions, utilizing the results of the peer review process, and communicate with prospective authors. The Editor(s) are also responsible for editorial contributions within each of the four annual issues. Editor(s) are expected to enhance the JOPTE's reputation as the leading source for physical therapy educational research. Editor(s) are expected to be discerning, fair, and timely in coordinating the peer review process and disposition of submitted manuscripts and ensure confidential, professional, and timely handling of manuscripts.

The roles of the Editor(s) have two main foci: publication of high-quality peer-reviewed manuscripts that support the development of evidence for physical therapy education, and the administrative and management support necessary to assure production of such manuscripts. Further detail on responsibilities can be found below.

Please direct questions to

JoPTE Editor-in-Chief Position Description

Proposal Submission Form


ELC 2022 Early Bird Registration Opens Wednesday, June  8, 2022.


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