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Strategies for a successful DPT-PhD dual degree program

ACAPT's Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in ACAPT. Individual members of ACAPT member institutions can join RIPPT for free

This month’s 60-minute webinar is a discussion with three program directors and three DPT-PhD dual degree students or graduates who present and share their experience and perspectives on DPT-PhD programs.

Learning objectives:  The participant will reflect and identify:

  • Strategies to develop or strengthen a DPT-PhD program
  • Priority areas of focus for students, faculty advisors, and program directors to facilitate program successes and avoid potential pitfalls
  • Considerations for prospective and current DPT-PhD students


  • John Buford, PT, PhD, Professor and Director, Division of Physical Therapy, Ohio State University
  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy
  • Julia Mazzarella, PT, DPT, PhD student, Division of Physical Therapy, Ohio State University
  • Kiersten McCartney, DPT, PhD Student, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware
  • Darcy Reisman, PT, PhD, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware
  • Mary Alice White, DPT-PhD student/graduate, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine


  • Kelly Westlake, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and PhD and DPT-PhD Program Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

If you have any questions, contact events@acapt.org.

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