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American Physical Therapy Association CEO Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT, has announced the hiring of Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, FAPTA, as APTA’s vice president of scientific affairs, effective July 1, 2021.

In this new role, Manal will serve as the association’s member-facing thought leader in scientific affairs. She will work with senior leadership to develop, promote, and disseminate critical evidenced-based practice resources for individuals, member groups, and the association. Manal will implement strategies, programs, and policies directed toward the successful execution of APTA’s strategic plan initiatives related to the practice and science of physical therapy.

"I am thrilled that Tara will be joining the APTA team," said Moore. "In addition to her impressive career and credentials, she has been a heavily active member of the association for 30 years and holds a vast knowledge of APTA and the profession. She will bring invaluable insight, experience, and expertise to our team, and I look forward to collaborating with her and seeing the innovative directions she will take in leading the APTA Scientific Affairs Unit."

No stranger to APTA, Manal has served in innumerable capacities during her 30-year membership in the organization. She is a Catherine Worthingham fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious John H.P. Maley Lecture Award, which is presented annually to an APTA physical therapist member who has demonstrated clinical expertise and significant contributions to the profession. The honoree's lecture is considered a highlight of APTA programming. She is also on the Board of Directors of APTA’s Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Manal’s career in physical therapy spans nearly 30 years, and she will come to APTA from the University of Delaware, where she has served in numerous capacities. Currently she is an associate professor, the director of residency training, and director of clinical services for the UD Physical Therapy Department. 

Manal is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and sports physical therapy.

Open positions at APTA are posted on our website.

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