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A Remarkable year in research funding

Thanks to your support and careful stewardship through 2021, we were able to increase funding levels in 2022. We awarded $325,500 in scholarship and fellowship funding to 22 promising physical therapist researchers. We also awarded $460,000 to fund seven physical therapy research grants!

A Note from Paul Rockar
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President, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
Living Our Mission Together
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is the research funding organization for the American Physical Therapy Association and the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research.

Established in 1979 to meet an urgent need for evidence and understanding in the physical therapy profession, the Foundation has invested over $20 million in research and researchers dedicated to finding new and innovative therapies and treatments to help physical therapists improve outcomes for the patients they serve every day.

I am excited to share our 2022 Annual Report with you, so you can see all the meaningful ways we are working to advance the profession by supporting emerging research and researchers.

Through strategic investments in 2022, we awarded $325,500 in scholarship and fellowship funding to 22 promising physical therapist researchers. We also awarded $460,000 to fund seven physical therapy research grants. The Foundation continued support of the Center on Health Services Training and Research, known as CoHSTAR, directing $250,000 to continue advancements in this important area of research. We also committed $125,000 over five years in an annual $25,000 matching sponsorship to support a new rehabilitation research program to develop a diverse research workforce that can help tackle the nation's many existing health inequities. We continue to engage future leaders in physical therapy through our Marquette Challenge, a grassroots, student-led fundraiser that supports our mission, held on 79 university and college campuses across the country.

The Foundation's future is strong thanks to donors and volunteers like you. I am truly grateful for your continued support over the years and look forward to working together to build a brighter future for physical therapy. Thank you!

Wishing you good health and hope,
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$40,000 Geriatric Research Grant
Suzanne Ryer, PT, DPT, Board-certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Aurora Health Care, Inc
"Physical Therapy After Discharge from the Geriatric Emergency Department: Patient and Clinician Factors Influencing Referrals, Access, and Outcomes,” made possible through the APTA Geriatric Research Fund.
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$100,000 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant
Daniel Young, PT, DPT, PhD
University of Nevada Las Vegas
"Effect of physical therapy on acute hospital inpatients’ discharge disposition and care cost,” made possible through the Magistro Family Foundation Endowment Fund established by the family of Charles Magistro, founder and first chairman of the Foundation.
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$40,000 Foundation Research Grant
Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
“Feasibility of a Home Based Vestibular Balance Therapy Intervention for Children With Vestibular Hypofunction,” made possible by the APTA Support the Profession Fund and named in honor of the 2022 VCU-Marquette Challenge.
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$100,000 Paris Patla Physical Therapy Research Grant
University of Southern California
“Biomarkers Of Tendon Recovery for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy,” made possible by the Paris Patla Endowment Fund established by a generous gift from Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, FAPTA, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
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$100,000 Paris Patla Manual Therapy Research Grant
Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA
Duke University School of Medicine
“Specific and Shared Mechanisms Associated With Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain,” made possible by the Paris Patla Endowment Fund established by a generous gift from Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, FAPTA, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
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$40,000 Physical Therapy Education Research Grant
Cara Felter, PT, DPT, MPH
University of Maryland Baltimore
“Understanding DPT students’ Readiness to Discuss Sexual Health Following a Novel Curriculum With Patient-Educators," made possible by the APTA Academy of Education Research Fund.
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$40,000 Snyder Research Grant
Bokkyu Kim, PT, PhD
SUNY Upstate Medical University
“Effects of transcranial photobiomodulation on corticospinal excitability in non-disabled adults and chronic stroke survivors,” made possible by the Jayne L. Snyder Endowment Fund
Transitions for 2019
CoHSTAR: Commitment to Research
Now in year seven of a 10-year grant, the Foundation-funded Center on Health Services Training and Research continues to grow the field of physical therapy health policy research.

In 2022, the Foundation continued funding CoHSTAR with a $250,000 investment. The grant establishing CoHSTAR was awarded in 2015 and will be funded through 2025.


CoHSTAR trains physical therapists to conduct health services and health policy research, expanding the number of researchers specializing in this area of research. The initial investment in CoHSTAR led to a $5.5 million grant to create the Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network. CoHSTAR researchers have generated 304 peer-reviewed publications and 260 research abstracts presentations. CoHSTAR has funded 15 pilot studies and awarded 21 fellowships to train physical therapists across the country in health services research.

Funding for CoHSTAR was made possible with a $1 million gift from the American Physical Therapy Association, gifts from APTA components, and donations from physical therapists, foundations, and corporations. More than 150 donors made the grant possible.

High School Student Organizes Parkour Event to Benefit Foundation

A high school student and parkour athlete in Miami, Florida combined his interests in parkour and physical therapy to create a fundraising event to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. Using a JustGiving page he has raised over $3000 for physical therapy research. Learn how you can fundraise to support physical therapy research.

2022 Service Awards Announced

The Foundation thanked 2022 Service Awardees for their commitment and contributions to the profession. Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA; Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, PhD; Randy Roesch, PT, DPT, MBA, FAPTA; and Fran Welk, PT, DPT, MED, received the 2022 Robert C. Bartlett Trustee Recognition Service Award. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists received the 2022 Premier Partner in Research Award. Connie Hauser, PT, DPT, received the 2022 Charles M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award. Charlene “Billie” Nelson, PT, MA, FAPTA, posthumously received the 2022 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Pledges Major Investment in PT Research

APTA Acute Care, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association, pledged a major gift of $273,715 to the Foundation to support research grants and scholarships related to and relevant to acute care physical therapy. This pledge builds on a 2017 donation that has already yielded two $40,000 Acute Care Research Grants. Through this investment, the $40,000 Acute Care Research Grant and a $7,500 Promotion of Doctoral Studies, or PODS I, Scholarship will be offered every year for the next five years.

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"It is an honor for me to steward the Foundation’s investments in the profession as we continue to grow. It’s thanks to the generosity of our donors that we are able to fund the most promising research. For a complete financial statement, follow the link below."

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Foundation awards encourage creativity in research
Bokkyu Kim, PT, PhD, was drawn to this area of research because his grandmother experienced hand function impairment after her second stroke. Inspired by his Korean heritage, he is studying cortical regulation of hand function using chopsticks.
"When you build a snowman, you start with a small ball and then you make it bigger. The Foundation grant is the core to building a bigger snowman."
-Bokkyu Kim, on what Foundation support means for his research.
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Bokkyu Kim, of SUNY Upstate Medical University, will apply the $40,000 Jayne Snyder Research Grant he received towards his project titled: “Effects of transcranial photobiomodulation on corticospinal excitability in non-disabled adults and chronic stroke survivors.”

Funding Overview
"A Challenge Like No Other"
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Students from the Physical Therapy Program at Saint Louis University and Shenandoah University held fundraisers to raise money for the Foundation.
VCU Takes Top Honors for 2021-2022 Student-Led Challenge Gallery
Virginia Commonwealth University took first place in this year’s Marquette Challenge, a student-led fundraiser to support the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. The top fundraising school earns co-naming rights for the next year’s Marquette Challenge and will host the Marquette Challenge traveling cup, a trophy inscribed with the names of the schools that have taken top honors since the Marquette Challenge began in 1989.

The top three schools for the 2021-2022 Challenge were VCU ($23,053.72), the University of Delaware ($20,050.04), and the University of Miami ($17,344.30). PT and PTA contributions have added up to significant funding for physical therapy research. Thousands of students from hundreds of schools have participated in raising more than $4.6 million for their future profession. Seventy-nine schools participated this year, overcoming many COVID-19-related restrictions to hold creative events across the U.S. and raising a collective $170,221.98.

Research guides how PTs and PTAs deliver care, how students learn, and how professionals are paid for services. In the past 32 years, students have made a big difference in sowing the seeds for critically needed physical therapy research.

Special thanks to our Marquette Challenge title sponsor, HPSO/CNA and Awards Ceremony contributing sponsors, APTA Academy of Leadership and Innovation, APTA Acute Care, APTA Hand & Upper Extremity, APTA Kentucky, APTA Home Health, APTA New York, California Physical Therapy Fund, and Rehab Essentials.
A Note from Paul Rockar
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*As of May 2023

Our work would not be possible without people like you. Thank you for investing in physical therapy research.
The Foundation Legacy Society is a group of supporters who have left the Foundation in their will or made estate plans that include a future gift.

John and Rhonda Barr
Nancy and Fred Byl
Susan C. Clinton
Barbara Connolly
Kent and Merle Culley
Pamela A. Duffy
Joseph and Edith Farrell
Edelle C. Field-Fote
Jill A. Floberg
Marilyn Gerhard
Roger A. Herr
Bette C. Horstman
Loretta Knutson and Gary Soderberg
Carole B. Lewis
Theresa Marko
Irene R. McEwen
James and Ardis McKillip*
Peter J. McMenamin
Susan L. Michlovitz
Ruth U. Mitchell*
Marilyn Moffat
Janet M. Peterson
Dorothy Pinkston*
Rick and Gwenn Rausch
Paul and Judith Rockar
Randy Roesch
Sara Schoppenhorst*
Shawne E. Soper
Katherine A. Stemm
Steven H. Tepper and Linda Paferi
Brad A. Thuringer
Pat A. Traynor
Michael Weinper
Francis J. Welk
Steven and Lois Wolf
Anonymous (11)
* deceased
The Magistro Society is the Foundation's way to acknowledge couples or individuals whose combined personal, or cumulative annual giving total has reached $5,000 or more

Stuart A. Binder-Macleod
Claire E. Beekman
Nancy Byl
Barbara H. Connolly
Rebecca Craik
W. James Down
Neva Greenwald
Mary Jane Harris
Roger A. Herr
Cathy and Jeff Konkler
Marilyn Moffat
Stanley Paris and Catherine Patla
William S. Quillen
Paul and Judith Rockar
Steven H. Tepper and Linda Paferi
Patricia Traynor
O. Elizabeth "Beth" Whitehead
Marilyn J. Williams
$500,000+ (Organizations)

American Physical Therapy Association

$50,000-$99,999 (Organizations)

APTA Acute Care
Dorothy Pinkston Estate
Magistro Family Foundation
SWORD Health Inc. Foundation

$10,000-$49,999 (Organizations)

APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
APTA Pelvic Health
APTA Pennsylvania
APTA Private Practice
APTA Wisconsin
California Physical Therapy Association
California Physical Therapy Fund, LLC
Marquette University
New York University
St. John Family Foundation
University of Delaware
University of Miami
Virginia Commonwealth University

$5,000-$9,999 (Organizations)

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Florida Physical Therapy Association
Regis University
The Ohio State University
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
$1,000-$4,999 (Organizations)

APTA South Carolina
APTA Washington
Arcadia University
Carroll University
Duke University
Emory University
Evidence in Motion, LLC
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Jag-One Physical Therapy
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Midwestern University - Downers Grove
Minnesota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Assoc.
Northwestern University
PT Administrative Services
Revgen Connect
Shenandoah University
Simmons University
Somerset Community College
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Florida
University of Minnesota
University of New England
University of St. Augustine - Texas
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Washington University in St. Louis
William Carey University
$1,000-$4,999 (Individuals)

Kenneth R. Amsler
Ingrid A. Anderson
Stephen E. Anderson
Michael B. Arnall
Linda E. Arslanian
Amy F. Bailes
Laurence N. Benz
Janet R. Bezner
Joanell A. Bohmert
Bill and Jill Boissonnault
Drew G. Bossen
Terence C. Brown
David A. Brown
Suzann K. Campbell
Monica A. Chase
Lynn A. Colby
$1,000-$4,999 (Individuals cont.)

Kenneth J. Harwood and Ellen Costello-Harwood
Carolyn Cotter
Carolyn A. Crutchfield
Deirdre Daley
Mark S. De Carlo
Julia M. de Molina
Anthony and Ronna Delitto
John C. Dugan
Sharon L. Dunn
Martin Elias
Peggy Evans
Joe and Edie Farrell
Helene and Tim Fearon
Jill A. Floberg
Timothy W. and Susan C. Flynn
Julie M. Fritz
Jody S. Frost
Steven Z. George
Marilyn Gerhard
Marc Guillet
Thomas DiAngelis and Jeanine Gunn
Bette Ann Harris
Rosemary Hartigan
Connie D. Hauser
Susan J. Herdman
Laurita M. Hack and John C. Hershey
Dwayne Hofstatter
Kevin Hulsey
Donald E. Jackson
Heidi Jannenga
Gail M. Jensen
Alan M. Jette
Colleen M. Kigin
Carole B. Lewis
Wen K. Ling
Terry Malone
Charles L. Martin Jr. and Carol Martin
Stu Matthews
Margaret Y. Matthews
Patricia McAdoo
Peter J. McMenamin
Linda Van Dillen and Mark Meiners
Erica A. Meloe
Susan L. Michlovitz
Daniel Mills
Justin Moore
Ganesh and Hema Moorthy
Herman Triezenberg and Elizabeth Mostrom
Thomas G. Mulvey
Rose Sgalat Myers
Pat and Nancy Neuhoff
Arthur J. Nitz
Terrence M. Nordstrom
Barbara J. Norton
Shreedevi K. Pandya
Carolynn Patten
Attilio S. Pensavalle
Stuart H. Platt
Elizabeth J. Protas
Richard W. Rausch
Linda J. Resnik
Michael R. Riley
William L. Roberts
Jennifer M. Ryan
Lisa K. Saladin
Bernard Satterfield
Beverly J. Schmoll
Elaine Becker Sher
Lynn Snyder-Mackler
Neil I. Spielholz
Mike T. Studer
Marilyn M. Swygert
Mark L. Valente
Jerre Van Den Bent
Linda R. Van Dillen
Ann F. Van Sant
John G. Wallace Jr.
Michael Weinper
Steven and Lois Wolf
Keaton A. Yaw
$500-$999 (Organizations)
APTA Academy of Leadership and Innovation
APTA Hand and Upper Extremity
APTA Home Health
APTA Indiana
APTA Kentucky
APTA New York, Inc.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
CPR Physical Therapy
CT Sportswear
Kepros Physical Therapy and Performance P.C.
Miami Marquette Fund, Inc.
One on One Mobility Rehab LLC
Rehab Essentials
Roca Climbing & Fitness
Sacred Heart University
Saint Louis University
St. Ambrose University
Stockton University
Tennessee State University
The George Washington University
Thrive Marketing and Research, INC.
University of Hartford
University of Mississippi at the Medical Center
$500-$999 (Individuals)
Shannon Albanese
Mark A. Anderson
Susan A. Appling
Robert C. Bartlett
Edie K. Benner
Kathy J. Blair
Samuel M. Brown
Barbara B. Butler
Paul L. Christensen
Carmen Cooper-Oguz
J. Kyle Covington
Theodore Daubresse
Robin L. Dole
Cynthia Driskell
Thomas Duncan
Gammon M. Earhart
Susan K. Effgen
Julie A. Ellis
Michael J. Emery
Craig S. Fava
Stephen M. Foster
Eileen M. Fowler
Scott H. Gelbs
Karl R. and Alice Gibson
James and Providencia Gordon
Steven T. Gough
Jennie K. Gregory
Ann C. Grove
Andrew A. Guccione
Francis X. Guglielmo
Janet L. Gwyer
Marcie Harris-Hayes
Michael Hayes
Jill E. Heitzman
Paul A. Hildreth
Steven A. Hoffman
Keith Hudson
Dianne V. Jewell
Craig D. Johnson
Michael P. Johnson
Richard S. Katz
Theodore J. Kepros
Patricia King
Sarah C. McCollum-Knight and Howard Knight
Gary Krasilovsky
Robert L. Lamb
Joseph V. Libera
George C. Louie
Venita and Benjamin Lovelace-Chandler
Kathleen K. Mairella
Judith Mann
Suzanne D. Martin
Ivan T. Matsui
Claire F. McCarthy
Joseph M. McCulloch
James R. McKay
Alison L. McKenzie
Tsega A. Mehreteab
Marsha E. Melnick
Lori Michener
Rodney A. Miyasaki
David M. Morris
Eva Norman
Amelia Padilla
Robert J. Palisano
Roland Perrault
David W. Qualls
Darcy S. Reisman
Kathryn E. Roach
Shirley A. Sahrmann
Babette S. Sanders
Barbara Sanders
$500-$999 (Individuals cont.)
David A. Scalzitti
Timothy M. Schell
Susan Schiliro
Sheila M. Schindler-Ivens
Gilbert and Alice Schoos
Martha J. Schram
Sue Ann Sisto
Emily J. Slaven
Willes Sonnefield
Edward A. St. Clair
Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley
Blaine D. Stimac
Jennifer L. Stoskus
Jessie M. Van Swearingen
William C. Temes
Tim P. Thorsen
Victoria S. T. Tilley
Helen C. Tsuda
Patrick J. VanBeveren
Julie A. Ellis and Tom Wagner
Joan M. Walker
Lori and Matthew K. Walsworth
R. Scott Ward
Paul Welk
Mary Ann Wharton
Nancy T. White
Kathleen Whooley
Gabriel E. Yankowitz
Sheree C. York
Alexander K. and Joan Yue
Louise D. Yurko
James E. Zachazewski
Audrey R. Zucker-Levin

$250-$499 (Organizations)
Buskey Cider
Daemen University Student Physical Therapy Association
High Point University
Kaiser Permanente
Leadership Lake Cumberland, Inc.
Motion PT Group
Pen & Publish Inc.
Seton Hall University
Springfield College
Tonic at Quigley's
Triad Marketplace Jamestown LLC
University of Kentucky
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of North Florida
$250-$499 (Individuals)
Karen D. Abramowitz
Alfonso L. Amato
Robert and Ann Baird
Joey L. Baker
Jane S. Baldwin
John O. and Rhonda N. Barr
Ann E. Barr-Gillespie
Michael W. Baskin
Carl F. Bauer
Rick A. Black
Sara Bowers
Susan Bravard
Suzanne R. Brown
John A. Buford
Robert J. Burger
Virginia A. Byrd
Angela A. Campbell
James R. Carey
Victoria L. Carpenter
Kay Cerny
Steven B. Chesbro
Michael T. Cibulka
Elaine M. Clark
Holly Clynch
Jonathan M. Cooperman
Donna J. Croce
Jeremy B. Crow
Kent Culley
James J. Dagostino
Irene S. Davis
Terri A. DeFlorian
Elizabeth A. Domholdt
Skye Donovan
Janet L. Downey
Pamela A. Duffy
Arie J. Van Duijn
Pamela W. Duncan
Kim Dunleavy
Janet K. Duttarer
Theresa D. Ellis
$250-$499 (Individuals cont.)
Debra L. Engel-Yakobishvili
Samuel H. Esterson
Edelle C. Field-Fote
Pauline W. Flesch
Michael B. Fox
Doreen K. Frank
John J. Fraser
Donna Frownfelter
Carl A. Gargiulo
Kathleen M. Gill-Body
Glenn H. Goldfinger
David G. Greathouse
Susan R. Griffin
Geraldine M. Grzybek
Gregory W. Hartley
Andrew T. Hayes
Dale K. Hoistad
Deborah Ingram
Christine Iverson
Heather R. Jennings
William F. McGehee, Jr.
Joanne S. Katz
Kathleen Kelly
Karen L. Kemmis
Robert W. and Gloria A. Kilpatrick
Aimee B. Klein
Jerry and Judy Klug
Heather E. Knight
Grace M. Knott
John Kowalski
Brian B. Lambert
Cornelia Lieb-Lundell
Kendra J. Lucas
Paula M. Ludewig
Peggy J. Lynam
Barbara Malm
Tara J. Manal
Victoria G. Marchese
Theresa Marko
Michael Masaracchio
Carolyn R. Mason
Ron L. Meade
Matthew A. Mesibov
James C. Milder
Scott and Mary Minor
Michael and Monica Mueller
Janet S. Mukai
Kim A. Nixon-Cave
Kim Norby
Sandra L. Norby
Joseph F. Norman
Kenneth A. Olson
Mary T. Perlstein
David W. Perry
Kathleen M. Picard
Emilio J. Puentedura
Miriam R. Rafferty
Amira E. Ranney
Jan and Robert Richardson
Richard C. Ritter
Lynn C. Rivers
Jason R. Rodeghero
Mark A. Romanick
Sandra E. Rusnak-Smith
Gretchen B. Salsich
Dawn Sandalcidi
C. Raymond Schaney
Kip Schick
Laurie D. Seckel
Richard K. Shields
Melissa J. Simon
James M. Smith
Vinod R. Sohini
Dennis Spillane
Scott K. Stackhouse
William Staples
Stephanie L. Di Stasi
Joel B. Stenslie
Kathryn B. Stenslie
Jill C. Stewart
Ellen Strunk
Jane E. Sullivan
Tianying Sun
Susan L. Suria
Julie S. Swedarsky
Jane K. Sweeney
Peter and Linda Towne
Gregory L. Waite
Audrey M. Waldron
Joseph M. Schreiber and Mary Kay Walsh
Kerry E. Walsh
Samuel R. Ward
Selden D. Wasson
Margaret M. Weightman
Marian Westerhuis
Pamela S. White
Robert P. Worth