Associate professor and chair of Samford University's Department of Physical Therapy, Matthew P. Ford, PT, PhD, received the America Physical Therapy Association's Chattanooga Research Award during the association's NEXT Conference & Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11-14, 2014.
Ford has served on the School of Health Professions faculty since December 2013. The research article for which he won the award appeared in the April 2013 issue of Physical Therapy and is titled "Comparative Utility of the BESTest, Mini-BESTest, and Brief-BESTest for Predicting Falls in Individuals with Parkinson Disease: a Cohort Study."
"It was a nice honor to receive this award," said Ford. "We thought the message in this paper was very useful to physical therapists working with persons with Parkinson Disease and it's great to see that colleagues agree with us."
The Chattanooga Research Award honors individuals who publish the best articles on physical therapy research in Physical Therapy. Articles must demonstrate a significant contribution to physical therapy, present a novel and innovative research study or theoretical model that addresses an important area of physical therapy, have a clearly stated purpose with supportive rationale and appropriate methodology, and clearly present the results and/or theoretical framework with appropriate discussion of application and impact on clinical practice or future physical therapy research.
Samford's Department of Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for its first cohort of students, set to begin in summer 2015. To learn more about the program and admission, visit www.samford.edu/physicaltherapy.
The Department of Physical Therapy in Samford University's School of Health Professions is now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program*. Accepted students will begin courses in summer 2015.
Admission to the D.P.T. program is highly competitive based on GPA and GRE scores. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or be in their senior year of undergraduate study and must meet course prerequisites and other criteria outlined on the department's website. All applicants will apply online through Samford's Central Application System.
The D.P.T. is a three-year program defined by three core traits: teamwork, technology and service. Health care today is increasingly provided by teams of professionals and D.P.T. students will learn by working in collaboration with people from a variety of programs. Lectures, labs and clinical experiences will utilize the latest technology for education and support while providing care. Service is at the heart of all activities within the department, thus students will be provided numerous opportunities to use their skills and talents to make the lives of people better.
"The curriculum and department-related activities are rooted in Samford's core values," said Matthew P. Ford, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. "Foremost will be service to God, to family, to one another and to the community. We are committed to promoting personal and professional growth, with the aim that each graduate becomes a service leader in his or her community," Ford added.
To learn more about the D.P.T. program, please visit http://www.samford.edu/healthprofessions/physical-therapy.
Samford professor Alan P. Jung, chair of the kinesiology department, uses a treadmill instead of a chair and desk at his primary workstation. The purpose is not to exercise, but rather to reduce sitting time.
According to Dr. Jung, recent research suggests that sitting time is an independent risk factor for heart disease. “What this means is that increased sitting time increases the risk of heart disease even if you exercise that day,” he said. “Much like exercise does not undo the damage done by smoking, exercise also does not undo the damage done by prolonged sitting. I still exercise each day.”
Although located at his primary workstation, the treadmill is not necessarily Jung’s chair. It replaces the chair and allows him to walk while he works. “It is similar to a standup desk, except I am walking rather than simply standing,” he said.
“I feel like I have more energy at the end of the day because I walk,” he said. “In the past, prolonged sitting has caused back pain and leg pain, but that has gone away since I have started walking at my desk.”
The most difficult task Jung faces is getting students and employees to exercise. “There are too many factors to name, but a few include time, motivation and knowledge,” he said.
Jung, a Samford faculty member since 2006, earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, master’s in exercise science from Appalachian State University and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Matthew P. Ford
joined the College of
Health Sciences as
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December 2013. Prior
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he served on faculty at
Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He is a research associate at the Lakeshore Foundation and for the past decade has been conducting research aimed at helping individuals with physical disabilities. He is involved in three areas of research related to Parkinson’s disease: tracking the changes in physical activity and health, comprehensive health and wellness programs and the use of music and external rhythms during mobility training. Ford also serves on the board of directors for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
Margaret L. Johnson, SLP.D., CCCSLP, joined the College of Health Sciences as associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in August 2013. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience in neurogenic speechlanguage pathology and currently practices at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the area of aphasia.
Dr. Johnson spent 18 years in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Montevallo as an assistant professor and eventually as acting chair.
An article written by Johnson and colleagues describing a therapy technique utilized for individuals with aphasia was featured in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology.
Johnson is an ASHA fellow and has served in leadership roles for local, state and national professional organizations. Among other honors, she has received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award presented by the University of Montevallo, and the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama’s Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Samford University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.