Press ReleaseDate: 06-06-12
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973 972 7276
UMDNJ Professor's Prestigious Honor is a Jersey First
According to Brian Mason, PT, DPT, president of the chapter, the Worthingham fellowship is the highest honor that the APTA bestows. Mason says, �It recognizes physical therapists whose work has resulted in lasting and significant advances in the science, education, and practice of the profession of physical therapy.�
Julie O�Sullivan Maillet, PhD, RD, interim dean of UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions, says Deutsch is a worthy recipient of such a prestigious honor. �Dr. Deutsch epitomizes both the high level of research done at our school and the qualities as a teacher that are so beneficial to the UMDNJ students who learn from her,� says Maillet, who adds, �She is a superb representative of this university and this state.�
Deutsch's practice and research interests are currently focused on neurologic rehabilitation, specifically in stroke patients. Her work as director of the Research in Virtual Environments and the Rehabilitation Sciences (Rivers) Lab at SHRP involves the development and testing of virtual reality technology, interactive video gaming and imagery to improve the walking ability of patients with stroke. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, and National Institutes of Health.
She is the immediate past editor in chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and co-author of Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision Making Approach. She has received UMDNJ-SHRP�s Excellence in Teaching and Research Award and was inducted into the Master Educators Guild of UMDNJ in 2004. She received the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award (2008) and the University of Southern California Alumnus of the Year Award (2007).
Deutsch received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford, her MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Pathokinesiology from New York University. She was an NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research) Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation Research in a UMDNJ/Kessler Institute program.
The award is scheduled to be presented on June 7 at the APTA Annual Conference and Exposition in Tampa, Fla.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey�s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey�s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.