• The Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) is composed of individuals representing research scientists, physical therapists external to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), front-line clinicians and managers, and administrators from the physical therapy business community.

    The SAP is to provide direction to the registry on matters of scientific integrity, clinical application, quality, public policy, and research. In carrying out its mission, the SAP will ensure that the Registry fulfills its goals related to information payment for physical therapist services, improving practice, fulfilling quality reporting requirements, and promoting research. Further, the SAP will contribute to and provide oversight related to the Registry's research agenda, data management and analysis strategies, clinical application and utility of the Registry, addition of content areas, and scholarly publications. The SAP will coordinate with Registry staff and APTA leadership on the strategic plan, operations, and business development aspects of the registry to ensure a meaningful and sustainable Registry of data from the profession, for the profession.

    McDonough, Christine
    Christine M. McDonough, PT, PhD (Director)
    Assistant Professor
    University of Pittsburgh
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Arslanian, Linda

    Linda Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS
    Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services (Retired)
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Gloucester, MA

    Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD, FAPTA
    Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research (Retired)
    Intermountain Healthcare, Rehabilitation Services
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Freburger, Janet

    Janet Freburger, PT, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh
    School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy
    Pittsburgh, PA 

    Hoekstra, Chris

    Chris Hoekstra, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Director, Knowledge Management
    Therapeutic Associates, Inc.
    Tigard, OR

    Jeff Houck, PT, PhD

    Jeff Houck, PT, PhD
    Director of Research, Professor of Research
    School of Physical Therapy
    George Fox University
    Newberg, OR

    Natalie Leland, OTR/L, PhD

    Natalie Leland, OTR/L, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Special Consultant

    Irrgang, James

    James Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA
    Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Outcomes Research
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA

    vPhilip van der Wees, PT, PhD

    Philip van der Wees, PT, PhD
    Senior Researcher, Scientific Center for Quality of Healthcare
    Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
    Radboud University Medical Center
    The Netherlands

  • Last Updated: 10/30/2019
    Contact: registry@apta.org