Early Career Researchers SIG

A big Thanks to the outgoing chair – Joseph Zeni, Jr. PT, PhD and founding officers, Therese E. Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA and Samuel Lee, PT, PhD, who spearheaded the development of the ECR SIG.

Who We Are

The Early Career Researchers Special Interest Group (SIG) idea was born following a conversation that two of the founding members had regarding the need for a support mechanism for early career researchers. The two recruited other early researchers with a similar interest and submitted a course proposal for CSM 2008 that was accepted. The room at CSM was full of early PT researchers, as well as doctoral graduate students, post-docs, and even DPT’s, who were interested in getting involved more formally in research. The response to this first course was so amazing that the group was invited back for a similar course in 2009, 2010, and for the upcoming 2011 CSM. Through these courses, it became clear that there was a need for a more formal group and ongoing interactions for those early in their research career. To fulfill this need, a formal proposal for the SIG was submitted to the Section on Research and accepted during CSM 2010.

The current SIG officers and founding members are all researchers who are early in their careers. We envision that this SIG will attract early career researchers in various settings and backgrounds with the common interest in advancing research in our careers and our profession.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide resources and support to physical therapist researchers who are SIG members to assist them in navigating through their new research careers. Resources can include programming and events at physical therapy meetings, forums and networking opportunities, educational information, and regular newsletters.

We hope that you will join us in our mission!

To join the Early Career SIG, please submit your request using the Contact Us form here. Please be sure to include the name of SIG in your request.

Early Career Researcher SIG bylaws

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Charting a course for a successful research career!

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“Tips for charting a course for a successful health research career.” J Multidisciplinary Healthcare