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Physical Therapy prof receives national award


Dr. Emily J. Slaven of UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Margaret L. Moore Award, which honors early-career academicians who have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Slaven is an assistant professor and academic director of KSPT’s orthopaedic residency program, specializing in musculoskeletal physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy. Since joining the UIndy faculty in 2010, she has published 10 peer-reviewed papers, serving as the lead author on five of them, and has presented eight peer-reviewed national presentations, four of which included doctoral students whom she had mentored. She serves on four doctoral committees and has advised five entry-level student projects.

The award was presented last week at APTA’s annual NEXT Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. Slaven, who currently serves as vice president of APTA’s Indiana chapter, thanked several UIndy colleagues for their mentoring and support, including Dr. Kathy Martin, who nominated her for the award.

“Dr. Slaven has an innate ability to create an effective learning environment, meaning one that is safe for students to try new things and learn from their mistakes without judgment,” Martin said. “She is approachable, available, and committed to helping students get it right.”

Learn more about the Krannert School of Physical Therapy here and on the UIndy Health Sciences blog.