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Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, EdD, Professor Emeritus

Barbara Connolly

Topic: Physical Therapy: Past, Present and Future

Location: General Education Building (GEB) A104

Time: 12:00 Noon
Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Connolly, former Chair and Interim Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences

Barbara H. Connolly PT, DPT, EdD , Professor Emeritus, retired in June 2010 after 37 years of employment at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Connolly served as chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy from 1986 until her retirement and as interim Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences from December 2008 until June 2010. She was also a UTNAA Distinguished Service Professor from 2006 until her retirement. She received her B.S. degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida, her M.Ed. degree, with a concentration in special education from The University of Memphis, and her Ed.D. degree with a concentration in curriculum and instruction with a minor in speech language pathology from the University of Memphis. Dr. Connolly also received a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Tennessee.

She is currently the President of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she currently is a Trustee for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a foundation which provides funding for physical therapy research. She has served on the APTA Board of Directors, on the APTA Pediatric Specialty Council and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She was President of the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA from 2002 - 2006. She has also received the Bud DeHaven Leadership Award, the Research Award and the Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics. She also served as Chairman of the Academic Administrators Special Interest Group of the Section on Education, APTA. In 2002, she received one of the highest honors from the APTA when she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. In 2006, she was named as one of the 25 most influential physical therapists in the US by Therapy Times and as Memphis Business Journal Health Care Hero non physician.

Dr. Connolly has presented over 330 invited lectures both nationally and internationally. She is the first author of 29 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written 21 book chapters and has coauthored or edited seven textbooks for physical therapists. She also served as a manuscript reviewer for 7 national and international peer review journals.