APTA Pediatrics Awards: Call for Nominations

Members are encouraged to nominate a coworker, a friend, someone in their program, or themselves! Click here for the Nomination Form. Additional application and background information regarding APTA Pediatrics awards and scholarships can be found in the Policy & Procedure Manual. Award nominations are due October 1, except the Annual Conference Attendance Scholarships for Students/New Professionals, which are due August 1.

Service Awards

The Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award recognizes a APTA Pediatrics member who has demonstrated sustained, altruistic mentorship beyond that expected within the nominee's regular employment. Mentorship beyond clinical practice could include, but is not limited to, community service, leadership, advocacy, research and/or policy. The nominee must be a current APTA Pediatrics member, with a minimum of 25 years of professional practice in pediatric physical therapy in clinical, academic, or management/ administrative settings. Someone who demonstrates multiple types of mentoring (formal and informal) in a variety of settings preferred.

The GE "Bud" DeHaven Service Award honors a APTA Pediatrics member who has demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to APTA Pediatrics.


The Distinguished Service Award for External Advocates recognizes an individual or institution that has made contribution(s) of exceptional value to the APTA Pediatrics. Contributions may be in any area(s) to APTA Pediatrics as a whole or in a specific area (examples may include legislative support for an issue important to pediatric physical therapy, research that impacts practice, practice techniques or equipment that have changed pediatric physical therapy practice, etc).


The Susan Effgen Advocacy Award recognizes a APTA Pediatrics member who has demonstrated consistent support for the delivery of pediatric physical therapy services in any practice setting through one or more of the following activities: advocacy for new or existing legislation or policies that support pediatric physical therapy services; participation in the development or construction of legislation, policies and/or procedures that are of importance to pediatric physical therapy practice at the regional, state, or national level; or participation in advocacy or government affairs events sponsored or supported by the APTA and its components, including state chapters, in order to promote pediatric physical therapy practice, advocacy, or legislation. Please be as specific as possible in completing this form so that the nominee recommended can receive full consideration.


 

Clinician Award

The Outstanding Pediatric Clinical Practice Award recognizes a PT or PTA APTA Pediatrics member who has demonstrated going "above and beyond" typical job expectations including exhibiting creativity, adaptability, energy, dedication, and innovation; of at least one of the following (asset but not requirement): advocacy, volunteer work, community service, or service to underserved populations; of competency as identified by each of the following: experiences of colleagues and clients or caregivers, ability to make intervention meaningful to children and families, effectiveness in meeting identified goals for children; and, for PTAs, of excellence in partnering with supervising PTs.


Research Awards

The Dissertation Award recognizes an active or student APTA Pediatrics member who has completed a novel and clinically relevant research project as partial fulfillment for a research doctorate (eg, PhD, DSc, EdD). Projects completed as part of a clinical doctoral degree (eg, DPT, transitional DPT) are not eligible. The Dissertation Award recognizes a student who has conducted research that is clinically relevant to pediatric physical therapy and who has made efforts to demonstrate knowledge translation through publications or poster or platform presentations of the research. Submit the nomination form with a pdf copy of the dissertation. Nominations are due October 1.

The Outstanding CSM/APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference Research Abstract Awards are given in recognition to an active or student APTA Pediatrics member who is the first author of an outstanding research abstract submitted to APTA Pediatrics for a platform or poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) or for a poster presentation at The APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference. One Outstanding CSM Research Abstract Award and one Outstanding APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference Research Abstract Award will be given each calendar year. An award ribbon will be presented to each recipient at the time and location of her/his research presentation. Selections will be made by APTA Pediatrics Research Committee, based on reviews and scoring of submitted abstracts; no submission is needed by the author. The 5 highest ranked research abstracts submitted to both CSM and APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference will be considered for the Outstanding CSM Research Abstract Award.

The Stephen Haley Research Award recognizes an APTA Pediatrics member who has performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. The award recipient shall demonstrate evidence that the published body of research materials makes a meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of pediatric physical therapy, and one or more of the following criteria: 1) oral presentations and written articles of the research have been reported to the appropriate audiences, 2) an active attempt to foster research of others, and 3) work has been recognized by receipt of grants.

The Jeanne Hughes Award is awarded to the best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy adapted from a thesis or dissertation. The Toby Long Award is awarded to the best manuscript published in Pediatric Physical Therapy not adapted from a thesis or dissertation. A subcommittee made up of three members of the Editorial Board of PPT reviews manuscripts submitted and makes recommendations to the full Editorial Board; no submission is needed by the author.

Scholarships & Grants

The Carol Gildenberg Dichter Memorial PCS Scholarship is awarded to pay for registration fees for an APTA Pediatrics member to attend an APTA Pediatrics course with advanced programming to prepare for the PCS exam.

 

The APTA Pediatrics will award the cost of national APTA/chapter membership dues and the cost of APTA Pediatrics dues to one student and one new professional recipient each year from an under-represented population within the physical therapy profession. Applicants must be members of APTA Pediatrics. Student applicants shall be in their final year of a DPT or PTA program who demonstrates via an essay (max 500 words) academic success, participation in service projects (with projects emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion receiving greater consideration), membership and/or participation in professional organizations, and additional commitments (eg, working outside of class, caregiver to elderly parents or children, etc).  New Professional applicants shall be a DPT or PTA within three years of graduation who demonstrates via an essay (max 500 words) participation in service and leadership projects (with projects emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion receiving greater consideration), membership and/or participation in professional organizations, and additional commitments (eg, working outside of class, caregiver to elderly parents or children, etc). Scholarship recipients will submit renewal expenses to APTA Pediatrics for reimbursement and will serve on the DEI committee for APTA Pediatrics for 1 year. This scholarship may be received only once per individual.

This scholarship was created to assist student and new professional APTA Pediatrics members to attend the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference. Applicants must be current APTA Pediatrics members and must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from (within the last 5 years of application due date) a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. They must submit an essay to enter. Winning applicants will receive one complimentary conference registration and up to $500 reimbursement for conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Recipients will be expected to maintain APTA Pediatrics membership and join the Membership or other APTA Pediatrics Committee for a period of 1 year following the conference. This scholarship may be received only once per individual.

This scholarship was created to assist student and new professional APTA Pediatrics members to attend CSM. Applicants must be current APTA Pediatrics members and must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from (within the last 5 years of application due date) a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program. They must submit an essay to enter. Winning applicants will be reimbursed for the cost of an early-bird student or early-bird APTA Pediatrics member registration and up to $500 reimbursement for conference-related expenses such as travel, lodging, and meals. Recipients will be expected to maintain APTA Pediatrics membership and join the Membership or other APTA Pediatrics Committee for a period of 1 year following the conference. This scholarship may be received only once per individual.

Additional Grants and Lectureships

Pediatric Clinical Residency/Fellowship Development Grants assist potential pediatric residency and fellowship programs with the ABPTRFE accreditation process. This money will be made available on a "first-come, first-served" basis in the form of grants; the number and amount of the grants will be determined each year. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. To apply, click here

APTA Pediatrics has three lectureships, which are presented on 3-year rotation at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), starting at CSM 2016 (Knowledge Translation Lectureship), CSM 2017 (Ann VanSant Global Scientific Writing Lectureship), CSM 2018 (Dianne Cherry Educators' Lectureship), and so on. The Call for Lectureships will begin 2 years prior to the CSM when the lectureship will be presented (for example, nominations for the Dianne Cherry Educators' Lecture presented at CSM 2021 will be due October 1, 2020).

Click here for the application.

The APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy also has a number of grants to support physical therapy research in pediatrics; for more information, visit the Research Page.