School of Health Sciences

Prestige Speaker Day

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Prestige Speaker Day
October 2014

Prestige Speaker Day at Cleveland State University was inaugurated in 1992 in celebration of Physical Therapy month. It is designed to provide an opportunity for CSU physical therapy students, alumni, and physical therapists in the Greater Cleveland area to interact with an individual who has made a significant impact on the physical therapy profession. In addition, several scholarship awards are given at this event in memory and recognition of well-known local physical therapists. Prestige Speaker Day is also a unique opportunity for students to network with sponsoring organizations and professionals in the community.

The keynote speaker this year is Leslie Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA.  Dr. Portney joined the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston in 1990, having served in academic and research positions at Boston University, New England Medical Center, and New York University. Her expertise facilitated the development of the MGH Institute's innovative Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, one of the first to award the DPT degree. Dr. Portney's primary teaching responsibility is in the area of critical inquiry. She is the first author of a widely used textbook on research design and statistics, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice.

Dr. Lesley Portney


Previous Prestige Speakers include:

2013 Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS

2012 Daniel L. Riddle, PT, Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A.

2011 Katherine J. Sullivan, PT, PhD, FAHA

2010 Sue Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA
2009 Rebecca Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA
2008 Jonathan Cooperman, PT, DPT, JD, MS
2007 Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA
2006 Diane B. Jette, PT, PhD
2005 Elizabeth Domholdt, PT, EdD, FAPTA
2004 Barret Dorko, PT
2003 Laurita M. Hack PT, PhD, FAPTA
2002 Ben Massey Jr., PT
2001 Ruth Purtillo, PhD
2000 Bella J. May, PT, EdD
1999 Shirley Sahrman, PT, PhD
1998 Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD
1997 Katherine F. Shephard, PT, PhD
1997 Helen J. Hislop, PT, Phd
1996 Pamela W. Duncan, PT, PhD
1995 Jules Rothstein, PT, PhD
1994 Florence Kendall, PT
1993 Mary McKinney Edmonds, PT, PhD
1992 Marilyn Moffat, PT, PhD

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