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Marilyn Moffat, PhD
Marilyn Moffat, PhD

    Dr. Marilyn Moffat is a full professor of physical therapy at New York University, where she directs both the professional doctoral program (DPT) and the post-professional graduate master's degree program in pathokinesiology. Her areas of expertise are in cardiopulmonary physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, exercise across the lifespan, and professional and practice issues. She has been in private practice for 40 years and currently practices in the New York area.

    Dr. Moffat completed a six-year term as the President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1997. Prior to that she had served on the APTA Board of Directors for six years and also as president of the New York Physical Therapy Association for four years. During her term as President of the APTA she played a major role in the development of the Association's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and was project editor of the Second Edition of the Guide. Amongst her many publications is the American Physical Therapy Association's Book of Body Maintenance and Repair. As part of her commitment to research, Dr. Moffat is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Physical Therapy and has done major fund raising for them over the years.

    She is currently President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy as the North American/Caribbean Regional Representative, and she was a member of the WCPT Task Force to develop an international definition of physical therapy. She coordinated the efforts to develop international guidelines for physical therapist education and physical therapist practice around the world.

    Dr. Moffat has given over 800 professional presentations throughout her practice life time, and she has taught and provided consultation services around the world. She is a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist and has been certified in beginner Pilates mat. She has served as Editor of Physical Therapy, the official publication of the association. She was also instrumental in the early development of the TriAlliance of Rehabilitation Professionals, composed of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is currently an associate of the Council of Public Representatives of the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Moffat is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She has been the recipient of APTA's Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award, the WCPT's Mildred Elson Award for International Leadership, the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the Robert G. Dicus Private Practice Section APTA Award for contributions to private practice, Outstanding Service Awards from the New York Physical Therapy Association and from the APTA, the Ambassador Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Howard A Rusk Humanitarian Award from the Word Rehabilitation Fund, the United Cerebral Palsy Citation for Service, the Sawadi Skulkai Lecture Award from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, New York University's Founders Day Award, the University of Florida's Barbara C. White Lecture Award, the Massachusetts General's Ionta Lecture Award, the APTA Minority Affairs Diversity 2000 Award, and the Section of Health Policy's R. Charles Harker Policy Maker Award. In addition, the New York Physical Therapy Association also named its leadership award after her. She was the APTA's 2004 Mary McMillan Lecturer, the Association's highest award. Dr. Moffat has been listed in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in America. She is also currently on the Board of Directors of the World Rehabilitation Fund and is a member of the Executive Committee. In addition to her professional associations, she was elected to be a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta.

    Dr. Moffat received her baccalaureate degree from Queens College and her physical therapy certificate and PhD degree from New York University.

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