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Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy

Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) is a consortium within ACAPT whose purpose is to promote academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in the Academic Council.

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

Meetings are held at CSM and ELC.

The features on this website are:


  • A listing of PhD programs suitable for preparing physical therapists to become independent investigators who can succeed at RIPPT programs.
  • Listing of grants held by faculty at RIPPT member institutions to provide bench-marking and to allowing development of collaborations
  • Listing of annual publications from RIPPT member programs to provide for bench-marking
  • List postdoctoral fellowship training opportunities at RIPPT member institutions
  • Allowing editing / entry of the above information by RIPPT members
  • Provide a place to get information of use to RIPPT members and those interested in our activities


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Let's Get Started!

RIPPT was the first consortium formed under ACAPT.  So far, our major activities have been centered around building the consortium and working together within the consortium.  We have held workshops on structuring PhD programs, funding for graduate students, and the shortage of PhD trained physical therapists.  We have also developed a collaboration with the Section on Research to bring together PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows annually at CSM.  We are presently working as a task force on defining 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 just implemented a system that allows member institutions to log in and enter / edit data for their publications, grants, and PhD programs.  We also have a section for listing opportunities in postdoctoral fellowships.  Please bear with us as we bring these features online.


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

Vice Chair (Chair Elect)

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


LaDora V. Thompson, PT, PhD
Travis M. Roy Endowed Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
Boston University, Boston, MA

Past Chair

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


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

ACAPT Liason

Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC


2018 Combined Sections Meeting
Wednesday, February 21
Hilton Riverside Grand Salon D
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Next steps for the Research Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT): benchmarking and DPT research training


  • CSM Programming by RIPPT members– Reach for the Stars: Faculty research development Friday, February 23, 2018, 3-5pm, Convention Center, room 231
  • Elections – Nominating Chair, we have two potential candidates. Nominations from the floor. RIPPT website has information. Membership will vote in April
  • Section on Research / RIPPT / ACAPT Mixer for PhD Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
    Friday February 23
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Hilton Riverside Steering Room
  • Open Faculty Positions to share with membership.
Website Update – John Buford
Research Shortage Taskforce – John Buford
Increase PhD Interest via National Student Conclave and Podcast – Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Open Forum Discussion

National Research Training Program for exceptional DPT students- Jules Dewald

RIPPT priorities 

  • Develop a website with information for postdoc and predoctoral fellows
  • Increase research collaborations between PT programs – regional connections?
  • Expand TIGRR type research training in grant writing.
  • Avoid the demise of rehabilitation related K-12 funding.
  • Increase collaborations with other societies with rehabilitation interests.
  • Market the need for qualified faculty.
  • What can we do to increase research funding? Increase influence at NIH and other funding agencies
  • Provide suggestions on how to increase the number of faculty with research training and funding successes.

Section on Research / RIPPT / ACAPT Mixer for PhD Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Friday February 23
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hilton Riverside Steering Room

Our next Meeting

Educational Leadership Conference
Fall, 2018
Orlando, FL

A.T. Still University Of Health Sciences

Jim Farris,

Arcadia University

Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Augusta University

Charlotte Chatto, PT, PhD, NCS

Creighton University

Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT, WCS

Ohio University

Ben Just, PT, MPT

Saint Louis University

Gretchen B. Salsich,

Saint Louis University

Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

The Ohio State University

Amelia Siles, PT, DPT, NCS

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Kunal Singhal, PT PhD

University of Florida

William McGehee,

University of Kentucky

Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS

University of Minnesota

Jacquelyn Ruen,

University of Missouri

Linda van Dillen, PT, PhD

University of Southern California

Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS

University of Utah

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

If you are looking for documents related to the RIPPT consortium that are not found here, please go to the leadership page and contact the secretary.

Candidates for RIPPT Nominating Committee Chair, 2018

Candidate Bios Below

General Information about RIPPT Elections

RIPPT holds regular business meetings twice a year, once at the Educational leadership Conference (typically attended by all program directors), and again at the Combined Section Meeting (typically attended by PTs with active research programs).  We have not routinely had activities scheduled at NEXT.
To learn more about RIPPT, what we do, and the kinds of memberships, please review the guidelines below.
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 int he entry level education of physical therapists.  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.

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