In Memoriam: Mary E. Boyd

Mary E. Boyd, PT, MPT, EdD, a Legacy Partner of the Foundation, passed away February 19, 2014. Mary graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She also attended NYU to pursue a Master of Arts in Physical Therapy and later attended Columbia University to receive her Ed.D in Motor Learning. Her post-doctoral work was completed in the Department of Physical Education/Motor Control at Arizona State University. Having held many positions in her career including in West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida, Boyd retired in 2013 after working with pre-school children at the Charles County Public schools in La Plata, Maryland. As part of her final wishes and act of generosity, Boyd left a generous bequest to the Foundation.

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Annual Marquette Challenge Raises Over $200,000

Special thanks to all students of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant programs that participated in the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge. Students raised $219,716 with a record of 109 schools joining “The List”. Top fundraisers were announced during the this year’s Foundation Gala.
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The Section on Pediatrics Pledges $10,000 to the Foundation

The Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association recently pledged $10,000 toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research initiative.

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Foundation Alumna Involved in Innovative Research

Foundation alumna Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, PhD, recipient of a 2008 Foundation Research Grant, is involved in an innovative line of research featured on the Advancing Science, Serving Society website and other media outlets looking at regrowing muscle in men’s injured legs. Ambrosio and her colleagues were able to successfully regenerate damaged leg muscles through a new stem cell technique using material from pig bladder tissue. Read more!

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The Section on Women’s Health Pledges $10,000 the Foundation

The Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association recently pledged $10,000 toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research initiative.

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Thanks for Participating in the #DPTstudent Chat

Thanks for Participating in the #DPTSTUDENT Chat

The Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the #DPTSTUDENT chat on March 12 to learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved.

There were many great questions raised and you will find a summary of those below with the appropriate answers to each.

If you would like more information on fundraising for the Foundation please contact Erica Sadiq at and for more information on the Foundation’s funding opportunities contact Rachael Crockett at

Click here to view the recording from last night’s live chat

1. What is the best way for a new student to become more involved with the Foundation?

There are currently two student-led fundraising efforts managed through the Foundation – the Marquette Challenge and the Log ‘N Blog. New students are encouraged to start a fundraiser at their school to participate in the Challenge or form a team for their program and be a part of the Log ‘N Blog.

Students may also become involved with the Foundation by becoming a member of the Foundation’s Project Committee.

2. Examples of fundraisers that students can host for the Foundation:

Silent auction, gala, continuing education course, 5K, golf tournament, bake sale, dodge ball tournament, polar plunge

3. How is the Foundation reaching out to clinics and practicing PTs to get them involved in the Foundation?

The Foundation actively disseminates information to all APTA members encouraging their involvement with the Foundation in a variety of ways.

4. How important is the Foundation to a student interested in research?

The Foundation is the only national nonprofit that funds physical therapy research.  The Foundation provides seed funding which has allowed many researchers to advance their careers.

The Foundation has awarded more than $13 million to launch and fund the careers of over 500 physical therapist researchers.

  • The FPT has awarded 349 scholarships, 18 fellowships, and 451 grants over the last 35 years.
  • FPT researchers have leveraged their Foundation funding to secure an estimated $595 million in research support from various funding sources.
  • FPT awards approximately 20 grants/scholarships/fellowships each year. $363,000 in funding was awarded in 2013.

Meet some of our researchers

5. How has the Foundation advanced the profession of PT recently?

In 2013 the Foundation launched the most aggressive campaign in our history to fund a Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research.  We gathered broad support from the profession and raised $3 million to fund the COE, dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research.  In addition, the COE campaign will make it possible for the Foundation to begin offering health service awards in addition to clinical research funding. The tremendous support for this initiative will put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of healthcare, and dramatically improving the quality of care provided to our patients.

6. What can the Foundation do for students?

The Foundation makes evidence-based resources available to students and provides funding opportunities for PTs and PTAs who are pursuing a career in the research field. Read more here.

7. What fundraisers have been successful for the Foundation?

The Illinois Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group held their first banquet in 2013 to raise funds for the Foundation through the Challenge. This event raised almost $7,000. More information is available here.

University of Pittsburgh – continuing education courses

Washington University – Run for Research

Mayo School of Health Sciences – 5k/10k

8. What areas of practice/specialty are most grants awarded for?

Clinical relevance is most important and grants can be awarded for any project that evaluates the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions within any discipline but commonly funded areas include pediatrics, orthopaedics, and neurology.

9. Are the research grants awarded yearly at one time?

$40,000 research grants and $5,000 Florence P. Kendall Scholarships for 1st year PhD students have a mid-August application deadline and are awarded each December. New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiatives (NIFTIs) & PODS Scholarships ($7,500 and $15,000 scholarships for those past the first year of their PhD studies) have a mid-January application deadline and are awarded each June. Special funding opportunities may be available at other times during the year. Check out the Foundation’s funding opportunities page here to learn more about each specific funding opportunity.

10. How much money would you say is raised by students each year for the Foundation?

Between $200,000-$250,000 is raised by students each year for the Foundation.

Students have raised $2.5 million for physical therapy research over the last 25 years by participating in the annual Marquette Challenge.

11. What are the goals for this year’s Foundation for Physical Therapy Project Committee?

  • Create a database of fundraisers held by programs across the country;
  • Further the mission of the Foundation by educating students on what the Foundation brings to the profession;
  • Reach out to programs that have not participated in the Marquette Challenge;
  • Promote the Log ‘N Blog and create a video which can be used to encourage other participants.

12. Which schools are currently on THE LIST for this year’s Challenge?

Over 80 programs are currently on THE LIST. Click here to see which schools have already donated or pledged.  We hope to top the total amount raised last year which was $222,008.

The deadline for all contributions is April 21!

13. Does the Foundation do anything directly related to advocacy other than helping to support evidence-based practice?

The Foundation works closely with APTA who does a lot of advocacy work for PTs but the Foundation focuses more on funding clinically relevant research.


If you have questions reach out to the Student Assembly, the Foundation’s Project Committee or the Foundation.

Be excited about the profession and get involved with the Challenge or Log ‘N Blog!

Use the research that is available to you!

Appreciate your faculty!

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The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Pledges $100,000 to the Foundation

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association has pledged $100,000 to the Foundation.

To celebrate the change in name from the Section on Geriatrics to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the Academy allocated $75,000 toward the Section’s fund and $25,000 toward the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research campaign. In 2013, the Academy donated $50,000 to the Foundation, including a $25,000 gift to the COE. This most recent gift brings the Academy’s total contribution for the COE campaign to $50,000.

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Foundation for Physical Therapy Announces 2014 Service Award Recipients

The Foundation for Physical Therapy recently announced recipients of its 2014 Service Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the Foundation and advancing its mission to fund physical therapy research. This year’s recipients will be recognized during the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary Gala on June 12, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

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University of Miami Student Coordinators Raising Funds for the Challenge

Every year the University of Miami’s Department of Physical Therapy takes part in a national, student-led, fundraising Challenge sponsored by Marquette University. All the money raised is donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy giving all of us students a basis for evidence-based practice in the future. As winners of last year’s Challenge, the University of Miami is proud to continue our tradition of raising money this year in the Miami-Marquette Challenge! Our fundraising chairs attended the National Student Conclave in October to help the Foundation and Marquette spread the word about this year’s Challenge. Due to our efforts that weekend, over 20 new schools pledged at least a dollar to “Get on The List.” The number of schools participating in the Challenge each year is growing as is the support put forth for our amazing profession!

Here are some fundraising ideas from those of us that have been there. In the past two years students at the University of Miami have worked concessions at football games, organized letter writing campaigns, put on kickball tournaments, hosted Pampered Chef and Yankee Candle drives, and pulled off a year-end gala and silent auction. These are just a few ideas to get you and your school started so you can get on The List.

The next time someone asks you if you’re on The List, what will you say?

If you or your program have any questions please contact Erica Sadiq at the Foundation for more information.

Annie Palermo, SPT
Carly Gossard, SPT
Katie Dorsey, SPT

Challenge Co-Chairs, University of Miami

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The Foundation Welcomes as Newest Partner in Research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy announces with pleasure that has recently joined its Partners in Research program as a Gold Level Partner.

“The Foundation is not only pleased but also extremely grateful for the remarkable support from all of our corporate partners,” said Foundation President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. “Backing from our corporate partners is vital to our mission of supporting the physical therapy profession’s research needs. We are happy to have on board,” he added.

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