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The Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature honors a physical therapist who has been actively engaged in writing and publishing professional literature pertaining to the physical therapy profession for at least 10 years. A qualifying nominee must have been published in at least 2 separate health care professional journals or has contributed to a minimum of 2 books, monographs, and/or proceedings from scientific meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees who have been actively engaged in writing and publishing professional literature for a sustained period of not less than 10 years.

Criteria for Selection

  • The nominee must be a physical therapist who has made a significant contribution to health care by writing in the areas of theory, practice, basic or clinical research, education, or administration.
  • The nominee must have published in at least 2 different health care professional journals, or contributed to at least 2 books, monographs, or proceedings from scientific meetings.
  • The scientific writings must reflect expertise of subject matter, innovation of ideas, and clarity of expression.

Note: An electronic example of the nominee's published writings must be provided. The provided example should be from health profession's publications, both within and outside the discipline of physical therapy. Publications can include scientific journals, books, monographs or proceedings from scientific meetings, podcasts, webinars, online courses, and other publications.

What Recipients Receive

An award will be presented to the recipient by APTA's Board of Directors at an APTA national event and an official announcement will appear in an association publication.

Submission Requirements

The nominator is responsible for reviewing and ensuring the completion of all steps within the online nomination submission process before its final submission. During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee
  • A letter of nomination that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages
  • 2 letters of support obtained from individuals who can demonstrate the relationship of the nominee's published work to the purpose of the award. Letters of support may be from physical therapists or from health care professionals in other disciplines and are not to exceed 2 pages each
  • 1 electronic copy of a journal article, book review, abstract, or a portion of a longer publication that is most illustrative of the nominee's work and that best exemplifies the criteria for the award

Letters of support should:

  • Explicitly state how the nominee is qualified under the criteria for selection by providing details on what significant contributions have been made by the nominee to the literature in physical therapy or in other health care disciplines in the areas of theory, practice, basic or clinical research, education, and administration;
  • reflect genuine knowledge and consideration of the nominee's qualifications for this award;
  • indicate in what capacity the author works or worked with, or otherwise knows personally, the nominee.

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