The APTA Academy of Education Research Committee promotes scholarly activities and access to research resources that facilitate evidence-based educational strategies. Activities include review of Research Grant applications as well as assisting with review of platform and poster proposals for CSM and ELC.


Grant Writing and Mentoring in Education Research. (GAMER))

This highly interactive 4.5-day virtual workshop provides participants with the expertise and support to be successful at the national level in obtaining funding for education research. We bring together a nationally recognized group of mentors and consultants as faculty, including representatives from potential funding agencies in a virtual space to support participants work. The workshop provides guidance in developing robust and theoretically grounded research agendas, research design and analysis (multiple methods); identifying “best-bet” funding sources; grant writing and budgeting; and creating intra-and inter-institutional collaborative research networks and projects. Some didactic sessions are included but the centerpiece of the workshop is one-on-one mentoring through breakout sessions that provide the opportunity for participants to interact with a community of scholars and representatives from organizations that fund education research.




To provide these exceptional opportunities, attendance is targeted to be 16 participants. Participants need to have some experience with publishing in education research and already have ideas for grant applications. Selection of participants is competitive, and applications open on December 15, 2020 and close March 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Once participants are identified, they will be paired with mentors with education research experience and expertise. Engagement of mentors and participants will occur prior to, during, and following the workshop to develop sound education research proposals that maximize chances for successful funding and publication. The overall aim is to create and expand a cadre of highly-qualified, networked and productive education researchers who will advance the science of physical therapist education, make significant contributions to the literature, and ultimately enhance physical therapy education and practice today and in the future.

Applications will open on December 15, 2020 and close March 8, 2021

Cost: $1500* (paid by applicant’s institution)

Please click below to complete the 2021 GAMER application.

Contact Rick Segal at with questions.

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*Rate is for a member of one of the sponsoring organizations. Non-members will pay an unsubsidized


Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

The mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is to fund and publicize physical therapy research that determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning by physical therapists, and to develop the next generation of researchers.


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Educational Research: Funding Agencies and/or Information Resources



2015-16 Catherine Stevermer Des Moines Plagiarism, Writing and Citing: An online, interactive tutorial for health professions students
2015-16 Christine McCallum Walsh Trends, Issues and Challenges and the Director of Clinical Education: preparing for a new direction in physical therapist education
2016-17 Betsy Becker University of Nebraska Early Career Faculty LINK: Leveraging Individual Network Knowledge
2017-18 Alice Salzman Northwestern University Exploration of physical therapist students' affective behaviors influencing clinical reasoning
2018-19 Nicole Christensen Samuel Merritt University Exploration of the role of movement in physical therapists' clinical reasoning
2018-19 Julie Peterson Creighton University Outcomes of resident education: exploring learner development during and post residency
2019-2020 Chalee Engelhard University of Cincinnati Assessing the director of clinical education roles/responsibilities task fit impact: A Delphi study
2019-2020 Matt Briggs & Raine Osborne Ohio State; Brooks Rehab Defining excellene in residency education: The next step in demonstrating value
2020-2021 Richard Shield University of Iowa University of Iowa Benchmarking Outcomes in Physical Therapist Education: The PT-GQâ„¢ Survey
2020-2021 Lorna Hayward Northeastern University Point of Care Ultrasound in Physical Therapy Practice, Uncovering Novice to Expert Professional Pathways to Inform an Evidence-Based Pedagogical Approach
2021-2022 Jamie Greco Duke University Relationships in Doctor of Physical Therapy Clinical Education: Voices of the Key Stakeholders
2022 Megan Eikenberry Midwestern University (Glendale, AZ Campus) The AMPED Program: Alumni Mentorship for Professional and Educational Development - A Program to Support the First-Generation College Student
2023-2024 Amanda Sharp University of Minnesota A Comprehensive Analysis of Availability, Compliance, and Inclusivity of Technical Standards in U.S. Physical Therapist Programs
2023-2024 Wing Fu Columbia University Development of the Master Adaptive Learner Behavioral Assessment Scale (MAL BAS) for use in Physical Therapist Education