Forward Motion Newsletter ● Department of Physical Therapy ● Indiana University S p r i n g 2 0 0 8 V o l u m e 3 , I s s u e 1 Message From the Chair

Joyce Mac Kinnon, EdD, PT, SHRS Interim Dean We are pleased to announce that the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) has received formal approval from the IU Board of Trustees to offer a PhD in Health and Rehabili- tation Sciences. This is a significant milestone in our school’s history. The faculty worked dili- gently to create a program that will be academi- cally rigorous and meet the needs of Indiana and the nation. This 90-credit hour degree program has been spe- cifically designed to develop scholars who, through their leadership and original research, will contribute to the knowledge base in health and rehabilitation sciences. We envision pro- gram graduates emerging as leaders in education I hope that all readers share my enthusiasm and respect for all people involved in our department. It is exciting to read about students presenting their work to colleagues at a national conference (page 3) and bringing learning opportunities to local clinicians while generating contributions to physical therapy research (page 2). I find it espe- cially inspiring when current students interact with alumni (page 7). Of course we would not be able to produce such strong students if it were not for our clinical partners (page 6). I particu- The spring semester is winding down as we pre- pare this issue of Forward Motion , making it an optimal time to reflect on departmental accom- plishments over this academic year. The follow- ing pages highlight and accent some of our fac- ulty, students, alumni, and clinical partners. The stories and announcements reflect the mission of the Department of Physical Therapy across each of its components: teaching and learning, scholar- ship, and civic engagement. Additional projects are presented on the Department of Physical Therapy website for all to review:

larly enjoy seeing all these ele- ments come together to produce strong physical therapists. The semester will culminate in commencement for 33 new physi- cal therapists. Each of them has

displayed commendable clinical decision making skills and has performed very well on their final clinical assignments. We look forward to count- ing them among our colleagues and look forward to watching them develop as practitioners. The summer will bring new leadership to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Augustine Agho will assume the role of dean in July. He comes to us from the University of Michigan - Flint. The Department of Physical Therapy is one of four departments within the school and we look forward to growing into our goals with the school’s new leadership.

Lisa Riolo PhD, PT, NCS

I n s i d e t h i s i s s u e : News


SHRS PhD Program Moves Forward

Student update Faculty update



and research in academics, clinical facilities, and industry. Applications are being accepted this spring for individuals who would like to matriculate for the fall 2008 semester. Applicants will be required to identify a research mentor as part of the applica- tion process. Preference will be given to students who will study full time. The program will be administratively housed in the Department of Health Sciences in our school. We hope that some of our alumni will be inter- ested in this program. For additional informa- tion, please visit our website:

Research update


Clinical update Alumni update



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