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The Chattanooga Research Award recognizes an author or team whose published work in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) presents innovative study or a theoretical model and discussion of its impact on future clinical practice or physical therapy research.

Eligibility Requirements

The first author of eligible papers must have been an APTA member at the time of the manuscript's publication and at the time of nomination. The first author need not have been an APTA member at the time of data collection and manuscript preparation.

All reports of scientific studies authored and published in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) during the current year are eligible, provided that the studies were not undertaken for obligatory academic requirements when the authors were students.

Candidates can be eligible for either the Jack Walker Award or Chattanooga Research Award for a given article; the same article may not be nominated for both awards.


  • If a paper has multiple authors, each author who is eligible for the award will be considered a corecipient of the award.
  • Case studies and case reports do not meet the purpose and intent of the award.
  • Staff will screen for eligibility.

Criteria for Selection

The article must:

  • Demonstrate a significant contribution to physical therapy;
  • Present a novel and innovative research study or theoretical model that addresses an important area of physical therapy;
  • Have a clearly stated purpose with supportive rationale and appropriate methodology;
  • Clearly present the results and/or theoretical framework with appropriate discussion of application and impact on clinical practice or future physical therapy research; and
  • Be well organized, and clearly and concisely written.

What Recipients Receive

An award and a monetary award of $1,000 will be presented to the eligible author(s) by APTA's Board of Directors at an APTA national event and an official announcement of the award will appear in an association publication. (Note: In the case of multiple eligible authors, the monetary award will be divided equally.)

Submission Requirements

During the online submission process, the following documents will be required for upload:

Submit a Nomination

The nominations call for the 2022 Honors and Awards program are now closed. Selected recipients will be notified of receipt of the honor or award in May 2022.

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the nomination process or the award, please contact