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Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Recipient of the 2012 John H.P. Maley Award from APTA Section on Research



Dr. Richard K. Shields, Professor and Chair of the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science Program at The University of Iowa is the 2012 recipient of the John H.P. Maley Award for Outstanding Contributions to Leadership in Research. This is the highest honor given by the Section on Research. Dr Shields will receive the award at the 2012 Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago.

This award recognizes outstanding leadership in research over a sustained period of time. Dr. Shields has been an active researcher since receiving his PhD in 1992 and is best known for his research related to neuro-musculoskeletal plasticity following spinal cord injury. Dr. Shields is one of the profession’s most prolific researchers, having published over 80 peer reviewed articles. In addition he has received millions of dollars in federal grant money to support his research.

Dr. Shields has been a tireless supporter of physical therapy research and currently serves as the President of the Foundation for Physical Therapy. His leadership over the past 2 decades has been a catalyst for the advancement of physical therapy research. During this time, he has continually contributed to, and promoted, the science of rehabilitation on a national and international stage. Dr. Shields has set the standard for excellence in research and is certainly a role model for the next generation of physical therapy scholars.


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