Dr. Therese Johnston Earns American Physical Therapy Association’s Highest Designation

By Emily Horowitz | May 29, 2024
The headshot of Therese E. Johnston

Therese Johnston, PT, MS, PhD, MBA, a Physical Therapy Professor at Arcadia University and an alumna of the Physical Therapy program, will be awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation, or FAPTA, the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest membership category.

This honor is reserved for APTA physical therapist members “who have demonstrated unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession for more than 15 years” and requires a letter of nomination and five letters of support.

Dr. Johnston will receive a certificate, lapel pin, and honor cord, and an official announcement declaring her FAPTA designation will be made at the APTA Leadership Congress in Kansas City, Mo., July 19-23.

Dr. Johnston has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented nationally and internationally on topics ranging from interventions to improve the health, fitness, and function of children and adults with spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy to sports-related musculoskeletal issues and biomechanics. She is also an author on the Clinical Practice Guideline on ankle foot orthoses and functional electrical stimulation post stroke. In addition to teaching at Arcadia, she practices part-time at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and serves as the Evidence Driving Gains in Effectiveness (EDGE) task force chair of the Academy of Physical Therapy Research and on the editorial board for the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.