The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Announces 2024 Service Award Recipients

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research will honor leaders in physical therapy innovation with the prestigious 2024 Service Awards. These awards go to people and organizations who show a commitment to advancing the profession through research.

The awardees will be recognized and celebrated at the Foundation’s Annual Donor Reception at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Boston, MA. The reception will be held Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm local time at the Omni Boston (Momentum A,B, D North).

The 2024 Service Award recipients are:

  • Stuart Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA, will receive the 2024 Bartlett Trustee Recognition Service Award. Stuart is completing his night year of service as a Trustee!   
  • Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy will receive the 2024 Premier Partner in Research Award for their longstanding support of research funded through the Foundation.
  • Evan Hartigan will be honored as the recipient of the Innovation in Fundraising Award for 2024. Evan is a high school student from Florida who has been passionate about raising funds and awareness for PT research. 
  • Steven Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will receive the 2024 Magistro Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to the Foundation’s mission. 
  • Olive “Beth” Whitehead, PT, MPH, will receive the 2024 Spirit of Philanthropy Award for her longstanding commitment and generous support of the Foundation’s mission.

“The Foundation is honored to recognize this year’s Service Awards recipient,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, FAPTA. “Each of them are helping the profession of physical therapy grow stronger. Most importantly, their dedication and hard work help ensure PT care is based on evidence that improves the quality of life for people in our care. We are truly grateful for their many meaningful contributions.” 


The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research funds research and develops researchers to optimize movement and health. Celebrating more than 40 years as an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation has funded more than $23 million in research grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Research strengthens the profession of physical therapy by defining the value of physical therapy, providing data that helps physical therapists deliver the best possible care, and developing innovative treatments and approaches. Learn more about our work at


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