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The John H.P. Maley Lecture Award is annually presented to an APTA physical therapist member who has demonstrated clinical expertise and significant contributions to the physical therapy profession.

The honoree's lecture is considered to be one of the highlights of APTA programming. 

2023 Lecture Recording

Stacey C. Dusing, PT, PhD, FAPTA, delivered the annual Maley Lecture, "Igniting the Fire of Discovery: Creating Partnerships Between Research, Education, and Practice" on July 23, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees must be physical therapists who are current members of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Nominees must have made distinguished contributions to the profession of physical therapy in an area of clinical practice. 

Criteria for Selection

  • Recipients of the John H.P. Maley Lecture Award must present their lecture at an official APTA national event, and therefore selection is contingent on the recipient's ability to attend the national event at which the lecture is scheduled.
  • Nominees for this award must demonstrate a recognized and significant contribution to physical therapy in the area of clinical practice.
  • Nominees for this award must demonstrate acknowledged skills in the organization and presentation of written or oral communications and the ability to present a worthy lecture.

A strong application should demonstrate the following: 

A track record and sustained contributions in any area of clinical practice.

  • Wide-reaching effects of contributions, as evidenced in the quality and diversity of the letters of support received.
  • Previous recognition of contributions, as demonstrated by other awards and honors documented in the nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • Professional public visibility of contributions, as demonstrated by publications, presentations, invited lectures, appointed and elected positions held, and other information in the nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • Sustained and continuous contributions in an area of clinical practice as documented in the letters of support and in the nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • Qualitative effects of contributions in an area of clinical practice as documented in the letters of support.
  • Enduring quality of contributions, or potential for continuing effects of contributions on the physical therapy profession.

Ability to present a noteworthy lecture.

  • Acknowledged skills in the organization and presentation of written or oral communications, as documented in the letters of support and the nominee's curriculum vitae.

Letters of support that are positive, cite specific examples of professional accomplishments, and provide additional information on depth, scope, and quality in a convincing manner.

Recipient Responsibilities

The John H.P. Maley Lecture Award recipient is required to deliver a lecture at a general session during an APTA national event. The lecture should not be more than 45 minutes in length and as each learning event offered by APTA meets high standards of quality, the lecturer is required to submit to APTA a lecture description, measurable learning objectives, a bibliography of reference materials (at least five references no older than 10 years), and a brief biography.

The content of the lecture shall be related to any aspect of clinical practice and shall address ideas that promote physical therapy. The lecture may not promote the lecturer's personal products, services, or personal beliefs on topics outside of those related to the practice of physical therapy. The recipient will be assigned an APTA staff liaison to provide information on the context of the lecture and manage pre-conference arrangements and on-site lecture logistics.

What Recipients Receive

The John H.P. Maley Lecture Award recipient will be introduced by the son of John H.P. Maley and will receive a certificate of recognition at the time of the lecture. The recipient also receives an honorarium of $2,000; reimbursement of up to two days of travel and accommodation expenses incurred by the recipient in conjunction with travel for the purpose of delivering the lecture; and complimentary registration to an APTA national event where the recipient presents the lecture.

Submission Requirements

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

  • Current and complete curriculum vitae or resume that covers the entire career of the nominee up to the nomination for this award.
  • Letter of nomination that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed four pages. Letters of nomination cannot serve as one of the required letters of support.
  • Three letters of support from individuals who can specifically address one or more of the criteria for selection, not to exceed two pages each. (Note: If more than three letters are submitted, only the first three will be considered. The nominator will be asked to remove additional letters.) 

Submit a Nomination

The nominations call for the Honors & Awards Program is open from Sept. 1- Dec. 1. Nominations must be submitted through our online portal by Dec. 1. Late submissions will not be considered. Selected recipients and their nominators will be notified in May.

Additional Resources

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

View the 27th John H.P. Maley Lecture