APTA Pediatrics Research Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2023 APTA Pediatrics Research Grant recipients:

  • Research 1 Grant: Victoria Marchese, PT, PhD, Sickle Cell Children’s Exercise Study (SuCCESs): Determining the effects of a targeted exercise training program on neuromuscular performance, locomotor efficiency, and exercise tolerance in children with sickle cell disease: $30,000
  • Research 2 Grant: Ketaki Inamdar, PT, PhD, A novel AI-based approach for quantitative assessment of postural control during prone play in infancy: A Proof-of-Concept Study: $9,963
  • Mentored Grant: Shaaron Brown, PT, DPT, General Movement Optimality Score as a Biomarker in Early Detection of Neurodevelopmental Disability in Extremely Preterm Infants: $$10,000
  • Critical Synthesis Grant: Jessica A. Silveira, PT, DPT, PhD, Effect of Rehabilitation Interventions that Embed Play on Motor, Cognitive, Language, and Behavioral Development in Young Children with or at Risk for Motor Delays: $2,500

To see a summary of past APTA Pediatrics grants or the requirements to apply, visit the APTA Pediatrics Research Grants page. The next cycle is due June 1, 2024. Apply for the PPT Journal Mentored Writing Scholarship and other research awards here by October 1.

Primary Care Practice Analysis Survey

APTA is working on validating the knowledge and skills associated with Primary Care physical therapy to establish a designation and clinical specialization associated with Primary Care. A broad swath of responses is needed, so the survey has been divided into sections and split among all sections/academies in an effort to increase the response rate more evenly. APTA Pediatrics has been “assigned” to Primary Care Practice Analysis Survey 1 (Sections 1, 2 and 5). Please take a few minutes to respond and help establish this area of PT practice.

Draft Slate: Fall 2023 Elections

The Nominating & Elections Committee is pleased to present the Draft 2023 Slate:

  • Vice President: Priscilla Weaver, Jim Moore
  • Secretary: Josie Koutsky, Robin Dole, Jessica Bender
  • Director of Research: Maggie ONeil, Alyssa Fiss
  • Director of Academic and Clinical Education: Nia Mensah, Heather Lundee
  • Nominating Committee Member: Lori Bartleson, Dana McCarty, Jill Kissel

Additional candidates may be submitted by petition of at least 2 members to nominatingcommittee@pediatricapta.org prior to September 29. Additional candidates will be considered by the Nominating & Elections Committee and potentially slated based on their qualifications and willingness to serve. The final slate and online election link will be distributed to APTA Pediatrics members in October. New leaders will take office at the Combined Sections Meeting in February 2024.

Update on 8/23 Special Membership Meeting

At the Special Membership Meeting on 8/23, APTA Pediatrics membership voted to increase Academy dues according to the chart below. Thank you to the members who joined the meeting, which was announced ahead of time in compliance with our bylaws. It was important to hear about concerns, answer questions from members, and listen to suggestions of what the Academy may want to consider relative to dues generation and donations in the future. Thank you to everyone who was present and who shared personal perspectives. The limited increase will help the Academy continue to provide quality services to our members and the profession. The increase will be reflected in APTA dues renewals and new member dues starting in 2024.


Annual Academy Dues





Student PT/Student PTA


PT – Post Professional Student


PTA Advanced Degree Student


Life member PT/Life member PTA


Retired PT/Retired PTA



Pediatric Federal Affairs Liaison Update (May 2023)

Some hightlights from the May edition of the APTA Advocacy Network Newsletter (you can sign up to receive this for free from APTA Advocacy Network):

Congressional Update

The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On Thursday, May 11, the COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended and with it the various waivers that have been in place since early 2020. Of note for PTs and PTAs the ability to utilize telehealth under Medicare, which was a critical waiver allowed during the PHE, was extended by Congress through the end of 2024. APTA also was successful in getting confirmation from CMS (see question 21) that the continued use of telehealth by therapists is allowed for hospital-based outpatient departments. CMS responded to advocacy by APTA and other organizations and now says that hospitals can bill Medicare for services provided via telehealth until the end of 2023. Previously, CMS had suggested any setting that used a UBO4 claim form — the form used by most hospitals — was excluded from billing for telehealth after the end of the PHE.

While the PHE may be over, advocacy aimed at addressing the impact of the pandemic on the health care workforce continues, as well as providing resources to support providers and patients. The APTA-supported legislation TREAT Long COVID Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to increase access to medical care and treatment for communities and individuals struggling with long COVID and its associated conditions. The bill will fund the expansion of long COVID clinics and empower health care providers to treat patients with it in their own communities. Finally, to help educate consumers, patients, and other providers about the role of PTs and PTAs in the treatment of long COVID, APTA recently released its latest ChoosePT public service announcement.

State Update

Virginia On Tuesday, March 21, Virginia Governor Youngkin signed legislation eliminating the provision that limited treatment without a referral by a licensed physical therapist to 60 consecutive days after evaluation of the patient. The bill also eliminates the requirement that a physical therapist only may practice dry needling under a referral. Finally, the legislation clarifies that a referral is not required for physical therapist services for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who require physical therapy services to fulfill the provisions of their individualized services plan under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education. This law takes effect Saturday, July 1, 2023. Congratulation to the Missouri and Virginia chapters for their legislative wins in removing restrictions tied to treatment without a referral.

Grassroots Update

Raise Your Voice With Congress at APTA Capitol Hill Day

Advocating for physical therapy on Capitol Hill with hundreds of other APTA members is an experience like no other. Join us July 24-25 for APTA Capitol Hill Day.
To kick off the event, there will be a mandatory advocacy training at 4 p.m. ET on July 24 that will take place at the host hotel, the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. You will learn about the issues we are advocating for, how to be a successful advocate, and meet with others attending from your state to prepare for your meetings. On July 25, you will be on Capitol Hill meeting with your representatives and senators to talk about important issues that will impact the future of the physical therapy profession. Please do not schedule Capitol Hill meetings on your own; APTA has hired a vendor that will schedule all meetings for you. Registration is open today! Learn more and don’t miss your chance to raise your voice on Capitol Hill.

Thank you,

Erin Wentzell, PT, DPT, DrPH


2023 SNP AC Scholarship Applications Due 8/1, Other Awards & Scholarships Due 10/1

Apply for an APTA Pediatrics award or scholarship in 2023!  APTA Pediatrics awards honor service, mentorship, advocacy, research, and clinical excellence. APTA Pediatrics scholarships help your prepare for the Pediatric Certified Specialist Exam, pay for membership, and attend conferences. Nominate a coworker, colleague, or yourself for one of the following awards or scholarships:

  • Service Awards: GE "Bud" DeHaven Service Award, Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award, Susan Effgen Advocacy Award, Distinguished Service Award for External Advocates
  • Clinician Award: Outstanding Pediatric Clinical Practice Award (PT or PTA)
  • Research Awards: Dissertation Award, Stephen Haley Research Award
  • Scholarships: Carol Gildenberg Dichter Memorial PCS Scholarships, Diversity Development Scholarship for Student/New Professional, APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference Attendance Scholarships for Student/New Professional (due 8/1), CSM Attendance Scholarships for Student/New Professional, Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal Mentored Writing Scholarship

Apply for an APTA Pediatrics award or scholarship in 2023! APTA Pediatrics awards honor service, mentorship, advocacy, research, and clinical excellence. APTA Pediatrics scholarships help you prepare for the Pediatric Certified Specialist Exam, pay for membership, and attend conferences. Nominate a coworker, colleague, or yourself! Find out more here. Student & New Professional Annual Conference Attendance Scholarships are due August 1; others are due October 1. Questions may be directed to info@pediatricapta.org.