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Webinar Information

Strategies for a successful DPT-PhD dual degree program webinar (RIPPT fourth webinar)


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.

The RIPPT seminar series is a monthly research-focused webinar that provides an interactive forum on topics of interest to the community of researchers in physical therapy and rehabilitation related fields.

    This month’s 60-minute seminar will include a panel discussion with three program directors and three DPT-PhD dual degree students or graduates who will present and share their experience and perspectives on:

    • The overall structure of their DPT-PhD program 
    • Considerations when developing a DPT-PhD program
    • Strategies for a successful program
    • Identifying and overcoming program challenges

    Target audience: Faculty, program directors/chairs, and others interested in learning more about DPT-PhD dual degree 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

    Fee: No-charge



      • 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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