Faculty Member Barbara Connolly Receives Prestigious Award


Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. We are thrilled to announce that Education Resources Faculty Member: Barbara Connolly has been awarded the Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award

Nominees must have:

  • Sustained and continuous positive leadership contributions over a period of 15 years or more;
  • Leadership contributions of an exceptional value to the association and to the physical therapy profession;
  • Demonstrated significant leadership that has had a lasting impact on the development and progression of the physical therapy profession;
  • Through his/her leadership, demonstrated contributions leading to a measurable change, revitalization of an idea resulting in change, or creation of an opportunity for change within the physical therapy profession;
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership ability within the physical therapy profession through service to his/her local community, to APTA and its components, or to international physical therapy associations, through elected or appointed groups, appointed or elected positions, or other volunteer capacities; and  
  • Recognition by peers for her/his service and contributions to the physical therapy profession and the association.
[caption id="attachment_1764" align="alignleft" width="132"]Barbara Connolly Education Resources inc Barbara Connolly[/caption]BARBARA H. CONNOLLY, PT, DPT, Ed.D.,FAPTA received her BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida; a DPT degree from the University of Tennessee; a M.Ed. degree in special education with a minor in speech pathology and an EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where she served as Chair of the Physical Therapy Department for 24 years. She also holds an adjunct academic appointment in the Graduate School of the University of Indianapolis. She is currently the President of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. She has served on the APTA Board of Directors, on the APTA Pediatric Specialty Council and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She was President of the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA from 2002 – 2006. She has also received the Bud DeHaven Leadership Award, the Research Award and the Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics. In 2002, she received one of the highest honors from the APTA when she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. She is the first author of 29 publications in peer reviewed journals, has written 21 book chapters and has coauthored or edited seven textbooks for physical therapists. She is certified in NDT and in SI. She continues to provide services to children through her private practice.

Award recipients are recognized in June with a ceremony and reception

We are thrilled to offer Barbara’s course:
Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child 
April 25-26, 2014 – Cedar Knolls, NJ
July 25-26, 2014 – Columbia, MO
November 15-16, 2014 – New Brunswick, NJ