The Alexandria, VA-based Foundation for Physical Therapy granted several awards in December. Two physical therapists each received $40,000 research grants and three won $5000 each as recipients of the Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Kristin Archer, PT, DPT, PhD, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, won the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant for her two-year project on using cognitive therapy to improve surgical spine outcomes.
Jill Heathcock, PT, MPT, PhD, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, received the Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Research Grant for her one-year study on transcranial magnetic stimulation in children with cerebral palsy. This is Heathcock’s seventh award from the foundation.
Jennifer Reneker, PT, MSPT, of Kent State University in East Liverpool, OH, and Ryan Marker, PT, DPT, and Bahar Shahidi, PT, DPT, both of the University of Colorado, Denver, won $5000 Kendall doctoral scholarships, awarded annually to outstanding physical therapists beginning their first year of graduate studies.
Vista, CA-based DJO Global is helping fund such awards with its recent contribution of $25,000 to the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Partner in Research program, part of the foundation’s mission to provide doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to emerging physical therapist researchers.