About Us


To advance the best practice of physical therapy through research.


The APTA Section on Research, through education, advocacy, and networking, will empower clinicians and researchers to generate, disseminate, and utilize research to guide best clinical practice.

Section on Research Purpose Statement

Optimizing the integration of research into clinical practice through awareness, collaboration, and engagement.

  • Awareness – Increase visibility & build influence.
  • Collaboration – Create connections & promote partnerships.
  • Engagement – Inspire discovery & advance practice

Awareness – Increase visibility & build influence.


A. Leverage technology to increase visibility of SOR while being cognizant of technology/info overload.

B. Improve recognition of the value that PT research and services provide to society

C. Advance the understanding of the value of membership in SOR

D. Introduce and invest in a multi-level marketing plan

Collaboration – Create connections & promote partnerships.


A. Expand mentorship opportunities

B. Encourage 2-way interactions between clinicians and researchers

C. Explore and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary research

Engagement – Inspire discovery & advance practice.


A. Encourage increased participation in research

B. Promote/develop programming that bridges clinic, classroom, community, & laboratory.

C. Promote interaction and involvement of SOR members

How the Section Works

The APTA Section on Research is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Directors are available to discuss issues affecting the Section and the physical therapy profession. In addition to the Board of Directors, Section members participate in committee, task force and Special Interest Group activities. The actions taken by the Board, committees, task forces and SIGs are member-directed.

The Section President is responsible for governing and directing Section activities and the Board of Directors is guided by the strategic plan. The Section Delegate participates in the APTA House of Delegates each year, which is the highest decision-making body of the Association, and makes decisions on issues that frequently have far-reaching implications for the Association, the Section and the profession. To reach the president, delegate or other Section officers, please contact the Section office at info@ptresearch.org.

Get Involved! Contact us to become involved in Section activities and committees. Your participation is essential to the strength of the Section.

Complete listing of Board of Directors, committee and SIG chairs may be found here


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