➤ John L. "Jack" Echternach Research Award
John L. "Jack" Echternach Research Award (formerly the VPTA Research Award) was renamed in honor of John L. Echternach, PT, EdD, ECS, FAPTA, reflecting more than 30 years of honorable service to the APTA. The APTA Virginia Resolution of April 25, 1998 describes Dr. Echternach as possessing insight, wisdom and vision. It acknowledges his role as an exemplary educator, mentor and role model for countless students of physical therapy. As a leader in the professional association, Dr. Echternach has contributed immensely in the area of ongoing academic and clinical research, presenting findings in both local and national forums. He has been an acknowledged advocate for the development of a professional body of poignant literature and research. The APTA has recognized him nationally through the receipt of various awards, including the Catherine Worthingham Fellows membership, and the Golden Pen Award for research and literary contributions to physical therapy. It was therefore deemed fitting and appropriate that our VPTA Research Award be renamed in recognition of Dr. Echternach.
To promote and/or encourage research in physical therapy in the state of Virginia. The types of research to be fostered include, but are not limited to, basic administration or delivery systems.
Any physical therapist or physical therapist assistant member not currently serving on the APTA Virginia Board of Directors or Awards Committee.
Keep an eye out in the late summer/early fall for a call for abstracts.