UNC Students Take Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Trip to Tyrrell County

March 21, 2018

Twenty-one students and three faculty members from UNC-Chapel Hill traveled to Tyrrell County, North Carolina, to work with community partners on a variety of community activities related to the social determinants of health. The 2018 trip marks UNC’s ninth year of interdisciplinary teams traveling to Tyrrell County to engage in service-learning activities during spring break. … Continued

First-Year Physical Therapy Students Learn in Baby Lab

February 15, 2018

First-year students in the Division of Physical Therapy gathered on Friday, February 9, 2017, to participate in a baby lab as part of a course in motor development and human movement across the lifespan. The experience is hosted by the program and community-based physical therapists. As part of the baby lab, first-year physical therapy students … Continued

Remembering Ruth U. Mitchell, PT, PhD

January 17, 2018

Ruth U. Mitchell, PT, PhD, of Apex, North Carolina, passed away on January 7, 2018 at UNC Hospitals after a brief illness. She was 85 years old. Dr. Mitchell was a Professor Emerita in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was nationally known for her expertise … Continued

Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD, named Outstanding Physical Therapist by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA)

November 6, 2017

Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD, has received the award of Outstanding Physical Therapist, an annual award given by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA). Mercer, who has been a physical therapist for more than 35 years, has maintained a love for clinical practice over the decades. In her nomination letter for the award, Deborah Givens, PT, … Continued

Division of Physical Therapy Welcomes Class of 2020 with Professionalism Ceremony

September 18, 2017

The UNC Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) and the Division of Physical Therapy officially welcomed 32 incoming students in the class of 2020 at a professionalism ceremony on Friday, September 8, 2017, in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building. Division director Deborah Givens, PT, PhD, DPT, said the ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the significance … Continued

Division of Physical Therapy Holds 58th Commencement Ceremony

August 8, 2017

The Division of Physical Therapy celebrated its 58th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the William and Ida Friday Center. More than 30 graduates representing the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy programs received their degrees. Three physical therapists who completed residencies in orthopedic and pediatric physical therapy … Continued

Striking a Balance

June 20, 2017

People with cerebral palsy (CP) are now living longer than they ever have before. But a longer life with CP can include more complex health issues that providers are struggling to accommodate. One physical therapist at UNC wants to change that. When Sarah Dowd was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, the news hit … Continued

Division of Physical Therapy Students Recognized for Philanthropy by the Foundation for Physical Therapy

May 5, 2017

Students in the Division of Physical Therapy have received honors from the 2016-2017 Foundation for Physical Therapy’s VCU-Marquette Challenge for their fundraising efforts; the challenge is an annual initiative to support new investigators in the field of physical therapy research. UNC-Chapel Hill physical therapy students sponsor an annual golf tournament to support the challenge. UNC-CH … Continued