Published on July 8, 2014 by Katie Stripling  

Associate professor and chair of Samford University's Department of Physical Therapy, Matthew P. Ford, received the American Physical Therapy Association's Chattanooga Research Award during the association's recent NEXT Conference and Exposition held in Charlotte, N.C. 

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Ford has served on the School of Health Professions faculty since December 2013. The research article for which he won the award appeared in the April 2013 issue of Physical Therapy and is titled "Comparative Utility of the BESTest, Mini-BESTest, and Brief-BESTest for Predicting Falls in Individuals with Parkinson Disease: a Cohort Study." 

"It was a nice honor to receive this award," said Ford. "We thought the message in this paper was very useful to physical therapists working with persons with Parkinson Disease and it's great to see that colleagues agree with us." 

The Chattanooga Research Award honors individuals who publish the best articles on physical therapy research in Physical Therapy, the association's professional journal. Articles must demonstrate a significant contribution to physical therapy, present a novel and innovative research study or theoretical model that addresses an important area of physical therapy, have a clearly stated purpose with supportive rationale and appropriate methodology, and clearly present the results and/or theoretical framework with appropriate discussion of application and impact on clinical practice or future physical therapy research. 

Samford's Department of Physical Therapy is now accepting applications for its first cohort of students, set to begin in summer 2015.  

 

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.