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Webinar Information

Recruiting PhD students – financial rewards and pitfalls webinar (RIPPT seventh 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.

Fee: No-charge


There continues to be a shortage of faculty for DPT programs with terminal degrees (e.g. PhD, EdD, ScD).

A major barrier to pursuing post-professional education is the opportunity cost of the degree; however, these costs may be substantially offset with differences in promotion within faculty academic tracks and other opportunities for increased earning potential. We will share preliminary data highlighting the potential financial benefits of PhD training.

In addition, the session will:

  • Highlight other potential perceived barriers that decrease enthusiasm for PhD training and provide strategies to overcome barriers.
  • Discuss distinguishing factors that differentiate PhD programs (e.g. full-time vs part-time options), mentor characteristics, and timing of PhD training (immediately after DPT vs after clinical immersion).

Target audience: Faculty, post-docs, program directors/chairs, PhD students, and others interested in discussing strategies to highlight the benefits of PhD training.


Learning objectives: 

  • Evaluate the financial considerations associated with PhD training.
  • Appreciate strategies to help candidates overcome perceived barriers for PhD training.
  • Describe the pros and cons of different PhD training pathways (part-time, full-time, direct to PhD, etc).


  • Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, PT Section Director, Research and Development, Eastern Colorado VA HealthCare System GRECC Associate Director of Research


  • Neva Kirk-Sanchez, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, DPT Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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

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