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TWU's Thompson honored by American Physical Therapy Association
DALLAS — Dr. Mary Thompson, professor of physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University’s Dallas-Presbyterian Center, recently received the 2007 Distinguished Educator Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics. Dr. Thompson also received the 2007 President’s Award from the APTA’s geriatrics section for her contributions to the field.
“These awards were totally unexpected,” Dr. Thompson said. “I am just doing my job as a teacher, preparing students entering the field of physical therapy to gain an appreciation for older adults and helping licensed physical therapists move toward academic careers. I try to mentor students in a way that helps them grow and meet their own professional needs.”
Dr. Thompson’s teaching and research is focused in geriatrics, psychosocial aspects of care, and healthcare delivery systems. She has taught at TWU for more than 17 years and currently serves as the coordinator of post-professional studies for the School of Physical Therapy at the TWU Dallas-Presbyterian Center. Dr. Thompson has had articles published in several professional publications, including Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, Journal of Physical Therapy Education and Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She is active in numerous professional organizations, including the research, women’s health, education and geriatrics sections of the APTA; and the Texas Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Thompson also serves on the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
The APTA is a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research and education. For more information, visit www.apta.org.
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