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ACAPT’s Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in ACAPT. Individual members of ACAPT member institutions can join RIPPT for free.

The RIPPT seminar series is a monthly research-focused webinar that provides an interactive forum on topics of interest to the community of researchers in physical therapy and rehabilitation related fields.

This month’s 60-minute seminar comes to you by the faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The presenters include the program director, faculty (1 junior ranked, 2 senior ranked), and a Ph.D. student. They will present and share their perspectives on:

  • What is the director’s role with mentorship, starting with faculty recruitment and onboarding?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of an effective mentorship committee?
  • How to incorporate an individual development plan (IDP) in your mentoring practice?

The presentation will be followed by an open discussion amongst participants.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

Target Audience: Faculty, post-docs, program directors/chairs, PhD students, and others interested in building research capacity.


Learning Objectives: The participant will reflect and identify:

  • Strategies to strengthen mentoring of faculty and student in their program
  • Priorities to successfully develop their own mentorship program and what is needed to leverage support from their leadership
  • Components needed to develop and implement an individual development plan in your mentoring practice

Fee: Free

CEU: None


  • Deborah L. Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, Professor and Director of the Division of Physical Therapy
  • Jessica M. Cassidy, PT, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
  • Jason R. Franz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Michael D. Lewek, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
  • Rachana R. Gangwani, PT, MS, PhD Student in Human Movement Science

If you have any questions, contact events@acapt.org.

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