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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 1, 2015 — Physical therapist Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, was named editor-in-chief of Physical Therapy (PTJ), the monthly scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Jette will serve a 5-year term beginning January 1, 2016, succeeding Rebecca L. Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA.
As editor-in-chief, Jette will have final decision-making authority and responsibility for delegating Editorial Board responsibilities related to the scientific, clinical, and other editorial content of PTJ.
Jette is professor of health policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he directs the Health & Disability Research Institute. He also serves as a professor in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions.
Jette's research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of rehabilitation treatment outcomes, and the measurement, cause, and prevention of disability. During a career spanning more than 35 years, Jette has received over $50 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration (SSA), and foundations and private corporations. He has had more than 200 peer reviewed articles published in numerous international scientific journals.
"Dr Jette has shown extraordinary leadership at the national level in the areas of outcomes measurement and disability research," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "APTA looks forward to Dr Jette's accomplishments as leader of PTJ over the next 5 years, as he builds on the significant growth in impact factor and international stature achieved by the journal under Dr Craik."
Jette and his collaborators in the Department of Rehabilitation at the NIH Clinical Center are contributing to work being done at SSA by developing new measures to be applied within the SSA work disability determination process. In addition, Jette directs the Boston Rehabilitation Outcome Measurement Center, funded by the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR); serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions, funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging; and is director of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, funded by NIDDR.
For the past 14 years Jette has directed the Boston University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Outcomes Research and served as dean of Boston University's Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (1996-2004). In 2013 Jette was elected a member of the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), where from 2011-2014 he cochaired the IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence.
"I am deeply honored to be given this opportunity to serve my profession in this capacity, building on the distinguished contributions of current editor-in-chief, Dr Rebecca Craik," said Jette. "I have become increasingly interested in fostering the research of others, and I believe that serving as editor-in-chief will be a natural extension of this process. Now is a time of major changes in scholarly publishing, so I look forward to strategic planning that keeps PTJ and APTA in the vanguard. "
Jette formerly cochaired the Panel on Assessment & Epidemiology on the Hunt Valley Task Force on Medical Rehabilitation, which was instrumental in founding the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within NIH. From 2011-2012, he served on the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel that evaluated rehabilitation research funding within NIH. He also chaired the Institute of Medicine's study and co-edited the report, "The Future of Disability in America," which highlights disability priorities for the nation.
An APTA member for more than 30 years and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the association, Jette has served PTJ in various capacities, including special issues editor in 1994 and 2012 on topics related to disability research, as an Editorial Board member (1990-1996), as deputy editor (1993-1996), and in 2005 as acting editor-in-chief. The winner of numerous honors and awards, Jette received the Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy (2014); the John P. Maley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research from APTA's Section on Research (2014); Distinguished Lecturer at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands (2013); Excellence in the Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award (Gerontological Society of America, 2011); the Stephen M. Haley Memorial Lecture & Award; Howard H. Steel International Conference on Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury (2012); and APTA's Mary McMillan Honorary Lectureship Award (2012), among many others.
Jette received a BS in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and a MPH (1975) and PhD (1979) in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Founded in 1921, PTJ is the official publication of the American Physical Therapy Association and is an international scholarly peer-reviewed journal.
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