Dorian Rose Receives Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the APTA

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Jun 10, 2024

Dorian Rose, PT, MS, PhD, FAPTA, clinical research scientist, Brooks Rehabilitation, and member of the Brooks – UF PHHP Research Collaboration, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The Catherine Worthingham Fellow is APTA’s highest membership category and serves as inspiration for all physical therapists to attain professional excellence. This honor is only eligible to APTA physical therapist members who have demonstrated unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession for more than 15 years.

“Receiving this honor and being recognized for doing what I have the privilege and opportunity to do every day is humbling and fills me with gratitude for both those who have gone before me, and my current colleagues and clients,” said Dr. Rose.

Dr. Rose’s service to the physical therapy profession includes program chair of the American Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, co-chair of the StrokEdge II task force, member of the original StrokEdge task force, nominating committee chair, member of the Subacute Locomotor CPG task force and co-chair of the curriculum committee task force. She also served on the research committee for the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

In addition to her role as a clinical research scientist, Dr. Rose is a research professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and a research health scientist at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville.

“Professional development takes a village and I have been fortunate to have had committed mentors and strong teams to work with at Brooks Rehabilitation, the Malcom Randall VA and the University of Florida,” said Rose.

Dr. Rose’s interests as a researcher, clinician and educator are in adult neurorehabilitation. Specifically, she studies intervention strategies based on principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning for rehabilitation of motor control deficits of the upper extremity and gait, as well as respiratory health.

Dr. Rose’s research portfolio also explores post-rehabilitation community ambulation in stroke survivors to understand the contributors to walking duration and extent once home in the community.

In 2020, Dr. Rose was previously recognized by the APTA with the Lucy Blair Service Award. This award is given to physical therapists whose contributions to the APTA are of exceptional quality.

Dr. Rose joins Bob Rowe, executive director of the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning, as the second member of Brooks Rehabilitation to achieve this recognition.

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