Barbara Connolly

Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, Ed.D., FAPTA, C/NDT received her BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida; a DPT degree from the University of Tennessee; a M,Ed. degree in special education with a minor in speech pathology and an EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center where she served as Chair of the Physical Therapy Department for 24 years and Interim Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences for 2 years.She is currently the President of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a foundation dedicated to funding physical therapy research. She served as President of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy from its inception in 2007 until 2015.She also has served on the APTA Board of Directors, on the APTA Pediatric Specialty Council and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She was President of the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA from 2002- 2006. She received the Bud DeHaven Leadership Award,the Research Award and the Jeanne Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics. She is a recipient of the Golden Pen Award from the American Physical Therapy Association for her publications. In 2002, she received one of the highest honors from the APTA when she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. In 2014, she received the Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award and in 2015, she received a Lucy Blair Service Award. She is the first author of more than 32 publications in peer reviewed journals, has written 21 book chapters and has coauthored or edited seven textbooks for physical therapists. She is certified in NDT and in SI. She continues to provide professional development courses both nationally and internationally.



Barbara's Courses:

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child



What others are saying:

"Barbara is not only a dynamic teacher, but she is extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter."-D. Pascoe, PT

"This seminar was very informational and educational, not only in regards to praxis but as well as treatment ideas overall. Barbara Connolly is so full of great usefulinformation and experience" -C. Jin

"All her explanations and stories made me say 'hey I have a child like that, great, now I have a solution'." -S. Lepkoof

"Barbara Connolly was a wonderfuland knowledgeable speaker who opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. Thank you Barbara!"-L. Fishberger, PT