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  • APTA Selects Rapport for Education Research Fellowship

    A physical therapist (PT) educator with more than 2 decades of education experience and more than 40 research publications has been selected as APTA's 2018 Visiting Scholar.

    Mary Jane K. Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, has been selected as the recipient of the APTA Early-Investigator Research Fellowship. Rapport will spend her sabbatical year focusing on research related to physical therapy education and its impact on professional behaviors, clinical decision making, and/or clinical outcomes. Her responsibilities also will include other activities in support of research-related programs at APTA.

    Rapport is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she also is director of the pediatric physical therapy residency program. With a background that includes extensive publications on topics ranging from pediatric physical therapy to PT education and development of the physical therapy workforce, Rapport brings firsthand knowledge of the research landscape.

    "This is an important time for investigations into clinical education in physical therapy, and Dr Rapport will play a key role in helping APTA contribute to the body of knowledge that will guide the evolution of education programs," said Robyn Watson Ellerbe, PhD, APTA's vice president of research. "We are excited to have an investigator of such a high caliber join the APTA team."


    • Congratulations! Mary Jane is an excellent choice for the Fellowship Award. Our profession is fortunate to have her knowledge and expertise.

      Posted by Jeannemarie Fagan PT DPT PCS on 6/15/2018 11:37 PM

    • Congratulations, what a great pick!

      Posted by Preston Collins on 6/20/2018 12:09 AM

    • Choosing Dr. Rapport in this role will impact so many students, clinicians and educators in our profession!

      Posted by Lisa Dannemiller on 6/20/2018 4:51 PM

    • Congrats to Dr Rapport! What an excellent choice!

      Posted by Mary Gannotti on 6/20/2018 9:26 PM

    • Bravo Mary Jane. A most appropriate choice. You are a force beyond words. Congrats on this fabulous opportunity. You go girl!

      Posted by Nancy Cicirello on 6/21/2018 12:24 PM

    • Congratulations Mary Jane! You are an agent of change and will be a driving force as we continue to move our profession forward. Our profession, our association and especially the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy are fortunate to share your dedicated leadership.

      Posted by Cindy Miles -> =MQZ? on 6/25/2018 12:07 AM

    • Congratulations Mary Jane! Your leadership in this area will benefit all who are interested in the education of future PT's.

      Posted by Debbie Anderson on 6/28/2018 8:20 PM

    • Great selection- Mary Jane is a tremendous leader in our profession and in this research area- congratulations!

      Posted by Joseph Schreiber on 7/2/2018 10:00 AM

    • Congratulations to Dr. Rapport--the committee has chosen the perfect recipient for this research fellowship. Her knowledge, expertise, and dedication to our profession are admirable, and her devotion to physical therapy education is inspiring.

      Posted by Teresa Pierce on 7/5/2018 1:44 PM

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