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Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy

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ACAPT's Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) consortium promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs.  RIPPT is specifically designed for PT education programs that also offer a PhD degree.


The purpose of the Research Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy Consortium is to:

  • Promote the importance of organized research to contribute to improved health care and excellence in physical therapy education.
  • Establish a forum for research-intensive programs to share strategies for organizing, building, and supporting their research enterprises.
  • Develop an exchange that will promote research collaborations across institutions.
  • Serve as a resource for programs that are attempting to develop into research-intensive programs.
  • Develop a set of accepted benchmarks of research activity

RIPPT meetings are held annually at the Educational Leadership Conference (ELC) and Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).

The features on this website are:

  • A list of PhD programs suitable for preparing physical therapists to become independent investigators who can succeed at RIPPT programs.
  • List of grants held by faculty at RIPPT member institutions to provide bench-marking and to allowing development of collaborations.
  • List of annual publications from RIPPT member programs to provide for benchmarking.
  • List of postdoctoral fellowship training opportunities at RIPPT member institutions.
  • Ability for RIPPT members to edit or enter the above information.


The Research Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) is a group of PT programs where the promotion and tenure requirements include major accomplishments in research as a requirement for those on that track.  These are programs where faculty are involved in the training of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and one or more faculty are funded federally at the R01 level. 

Among many of these programs, multiple faculty have substantial funding, there are multiple laboratories supported, and there may be training grants and core facility support grants.  Faculty in these programs balance their activities in research and professional service with their participation in the entry-level education of physical therapists.  Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students in these programs often have the opportunity to work along-side faculty for a specialization in research or a dual degree DPT/PhD.  Intensive involvement in research is typically optional, not required, for DPT students in RIPPT programs because there are PhD students for long-term projects.

RIPPT was the first consortium formed under ACAPT. We have held workshops on:

  • Structuring PhD programs,
  • Funding for graduate students, and
  • The shortage of PhD trained physical therapists.

RIPPT has also:

  • Developed a collaboration with the APTA Section on Research to bring together PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows annually at CSM.
  • Created a task force to define the problems with the shortage of PhD trained physical therapists in order to recommend strategies to address this problem.

This section of the ACAPT website for the RIPPT consortium is currently under development. We have implemented a system that allows member institutions to log-in and enter or edit data for their PhD programs, publications, grants, and opportunities in postdoctoral fellowships. Please bear with us as we bring these features online.

To learn more about RIPPT, what we do, and the kinds of memberships, please review the guidelines below.

RIPPT holds regular business meetings twice a year, once at the Educational Leadership Conference/ELC (typically attended by all program directors), and again at the Combined Sections Meeting/CSM (typically attended by PTs with active research programs).

RIPPT holds elections in the spring-summer during the ACAPT election cycle.  If you are a RIPPT member, you are registered to vote. If you have not yet joined the RIPPT, do so now by clicking on the "Request to Join" Box above. As with any organization, formation of a leadership team is representative of its members who vote.

Persons elected to a leadership position are expected to attend the annual ACAPT Educational Leadership Conference (ELC), where RIPPT's annual business meeting will be held.

Congratulations to elected leaders whose terms are October 2020 - October 2022:

  • Darcy Reisman, PT, PhD, from the University of Delaware -- Nominating Committee Member
  • Jules Dewald, PT, PhD, from Northwestern University -- Nominating Committee Member


Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD
Professor and Director
Division of Physical Therapy 
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Vice Chair (Chair Elect)

Mary Snyder Shall, PT, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Stacy L. Fritz, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Director
Physical Therapy Program, Department of Exercise Science
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Past Chair

Julius P.A. Dewald, PT, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Professor in Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Nominating Chair

Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA
George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Endowed Professor (Emeritus)
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD



ACAPT Liason

John A. Buford, PT, PhD
Professor and Director
Physical Therapy Division
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research amidst a pandemic

Other RIPPT resources

If you're interested in RIPPT documents not listed above, please contact the RIPPT secretary on the "Leadership" tab.

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A.T. Still University

Jim Lynskey,

A.T. Still University Of Health Sciences

Jim Farris,

A.T. Still University Of Health Sciences

Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD

Arcadia University

Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Arizona State University

Gretchen Roman,

Augusta University

Charlotte Chatto, PT, PhD, NCS

Azusa Pacific University

Michael Laymon,

Boston University

Diane Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS

Boston University

LaDora Thompson,

Cleveland State University

Deborah Espy,

College of Staten Island - The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Jeffrey Rothman,

Columbia University

Risa Granick,

Creighton University

Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT, WCS

Drexel University

Glenn Williams,

Drexel University

Laura Baehr, DPT

Duke University

Todd Cade, PT, PhD

Emory University

Marie Johanson,

Florida International University

Denis Brunt,

Georgia State university

Sujay Galen,

High Point University

Eric Hegedus,

Indiana University

Peter Altenburger,

Indiana University

Stuart Warden,

Marquette University

Allison Hyngstrom,

Medical University of South Carolina

Mark Bowden,

Medical University of South Carolina

Rick Segal,

Mercer University

Ann Lucado, PT PhD

New York University

Wen Ling,

New York University


New York University

Elizabeth Berger, na

Northeastern University

Kristin Greenwood,

Northwestern University

CJ Heckman,

Northwestern University

Jules Dewald, PhD

Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale

M. Samuel Cheng, PT, MS, ScD

Ohio University

Ben Just, PT, MPT

Old Dominion University

Eric Schussler,

Rutgers University

Alma Merians,

Saint Louis University

Gretchen B. Salsich,

Saint Louis University

Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Stony Brook University

Richard Johnston,

Stony Brook University

Sue Sisto,

Temple University

Carole Tucker,

Tennessee State University

David Lehman,

Tennessee State University

Ron De Vera Barredo,

Texas Woman's University

Ann Medley,

The Ohio State University

Amelia Siles, PT, DPT, NCS

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Morris,

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Brown,

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Kunal Singhal, PT PhD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Alexis Ortiz, PT, PhD, SCS, FACSM

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD

Thomas Jefferson University

Susan Wainright,

University at Buffalo

Kirk Personius,

University at Buffalo

Sue Sisto,

University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State

Amber Fitzsimmons,

University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State

Richard Souza,

University of Central Florida

Patrick Pabian, DPT, SCS, OCS

University of Central Florida

Morris Beato, PT, DPT

University of Central Florida

Patrick Pabian, PT, DPT, PhD

University of Cincinnati

Kari Dunning,

University of Colorado

Michael Harris-Love, DSc, PT

University of Colorado - Denver

Lauren Hinrichs, PT, DPT, OCS

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley,

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Margaret Schenkman,

University of Connecticut

Jeffrey Kinsella-Shaw,

University of Delaware

Greg Hicks,

University of Florida

William McGehee,

University of Florida

William McGehee, PT, PhD

University of Florida

Arvie Vitente, PT, DPT, MPH, GCS, CDP, CCI, PhD (c)

University of Hartford

Sandy Saavedra,

University of Illinois at Chicago

Shane Phillips,

University of Iowa

Richard Shields,

University of Kansas Medical Center

Patricia Kluding,

University of Kentucky

Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS

University of Kentucky

Patrick Kitzman,

University of Kentucky

Tony English,

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Mark Rogers,

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Mary Rodgers,

University of Miami

Neva Kirk-Sanchez,

University of Minnesota

Jacquelyn Ruen,

University of Minnesota

Paula Ludewig,

University of Missouri

Linda van Dillen, PT, PhD

University of Missouri

Kyle Gibson,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Merrill Landers,

University of New Mexico HSC

Ross Arena,

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Debby Givens,

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Michael Lewek,

University of North Georgia

Sue Klappa, PT, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

James Irrgang,

University of Rhode Island

Peter Blanpied,

University of South Carolina

Stacy Fritz,

University of South Florida

Douglas Haladay,

University of Southern California

Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS

University of Southern California

James Gordon,

University of Texas at El Paso

Alvaro Gurovich, PT, PhD, FACSM

University of Texas El Paso

Alavo Gurovich,

University of Utah

Elizabeth Lane, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT

University of Utah

Julie Fritz,

University of Utah

Scott Ward,

University of Washington

Mary Beth Brown, PT, PhD

University of Washington

Hoda Farhadi, PT

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Wendy Huddleston,

Virginia Commonwealth University

Mary Shall,

Washington University in St. Louis

Gammon Earhart,

Washington University in St. Louis

Jennifer Stith,

Washington University in St. Louis

Linda Van Dillen,

West Virginia University

Mary Beth Mandich,

Youngstown State University

David Griswold, DPT, PhD

Youngstown State University

Cara Carramusa, PT, MSPT, EdD, GCS

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