UNC Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Michael Lewek, PT, PhD, has received a $400,000 NIH R21 grant to continue his work studying ways to help stroke survivors’ improve their ability to walk. Lewek initially pursued this line of research with the help of a NC TraCS $10,000 pilot grant.
Leigh Anne McLaughlin, a third-year UNC Doctor of Physical Therapy student from Fayetteville, NC, has been selected to receive the Mary McMillan Scholarship Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The intent of the award is to recognize students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution.
Charlene (Billie) Nelson, PT, MA, has been selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the highest honor among APTA's membership categories.
The Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to offer on-line continuing education courses. The currently offered courses are authored by Michael T. Gross, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and cover the biomechanical properties of the musculoskeletal tissues.
Division of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Jon Hacke, PT, MA, OCS, has received the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction from UNC Chapel Hill. Established by the University in 1995 to acknowledge the important role of graduate-level teaching, this prestigious award includes a cash stipend and framed citation.
A new grant from the United States Army Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) will help UNC Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy Professor Karen McCulloch and an interdisciplinary research team further develop a new assessment protocol specifically designed for military service members who have sustained concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries.
The ninth annual Human Movement Science Research Symposium was held February 17, 2012, at UNC Chapel Hill. Students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians from regional institutions attend the symposium to present and discuss current research in an open and friendly environment.
Research on running styles conducted by UNC Physical Therapy Professor Michael Gross and Human Movement Science PhD student Don Goss was the focus of a recent story in the News & Observer.
UNC PT alumna Sue Falsone (MS HMSC ’00) has been named head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making her the first woman to attain this title in the history of major professional sports. Falsone became the first female physical therapist in the Major Leagues when she was hired by the Dodgers in 2007 and worked in that role through the 2010 season.
Alumni, friends, and current students gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the UNC Physical Therapy Class Challenge Campaign on October 14, 2011. Gifts and pledges from more than 400 UNC PT alumni and friends surpassed the campaign’s $100,000 goal, matching the generous $100,000 gift from Paul and Louise Hall to build the Vanessa Louise Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of their daughter.
UNC PT Adjunct Assistant Professor Janet K. Freburger PT, PhD, has co-authored a study that suggests giving patients direct access to physical therapists is more cost-effective than requiring physician referrals.
Erica Byrne Gaskins (DPT ’10) and Melissa Mahon (DPT ’10) recently passed the Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist exam, the final step in a certification process sponsored by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC).
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program requires three years of full-time study, but this rigorous curriculum and schedule has not deterred UNC PT students from regularly volunteering to use their time and talents to help those in need.
Physical Therapy faculty members Mike Lewek and Karen McCulloch, as well as Professor and PT Division Director Rick Segal, have received funding from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NCTraCS) to help them pursue research in three different areas.
UNC Physical Therapy Division Director and Professor Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has been named Co‐Interim Director of the newly formed Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, an academic department co-located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.
The University of North Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) LEND fellowship and the Duke Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Pediatric residency have joined together to create a unique opportunity for the pediatric PT community.
The UNC Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy hosted its 54th annual commencement ceremony on August 6, 2011, in the Kenan Center’s Koury Auditorium. Twenty-five Doctor of Physical Therapy degree recipients and seven Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree recipients were recognized during the ceremony.