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Program Accreditation

Continuing Education programs are not subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

For more than 50 years, UAB Physical Therapy has been dedicated to educating the best and brightest in the PT industry. And that includes being a preeminent destination for practitioners at all levels who need to fulfill Continuing Education requirements.

Marilyn Gossman Endowed Lecture Series

Marilyn Gossman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, was a physical therapist, educator, researcher, and influential leader who believed the pursuit of knowledge does not end at graduation. Marilyn joined the newly developed physical therapist educational program at UAB in 1967 and soon took over as chair of the program – a position she held for more than 30 years.

In 1998, Marilyn died of breast cancer; while she had accomplished so much, she had so much more to give. Her legacy lives on today through the hundreds of students and faculty members whose lives she touched. Her UAB family continues her legacy of excellence, education and innovation with the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship.

Each year, since 2014, a renowned therapist who has made profound contributions to the physical therapy profession is chosen to give a lecture that is free and open to the public.

2021 Gossman Lecture

The 2021 Gossman Lecturer will be Dr. Gregory E. Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA . Dr. Hicks is professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Delaware, as well as the Principal Investigator & Program Director for the NIH-funded Delaware CTR ACCEL Program. Dr. Hicks has also previously held administrative roles as deputy dean of the College of Health Sciences and chair of the top-ranked physical therapy department at the University of Delaware. He is also the founding director of the department’s Advancing Diversity in Physical Therapy program, known as ADaPT.

GregHicks HeadShotDr. Gregory E. Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTADr. Hicks received two BA degrees in Biological Sciences and English, as well as a master’s degree in Physical Therapy, from the University of Delaware and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh; he also received post-doctoral training in Epidemiology of Aging from the National Institute on Aging. He maintains an active research agenda, which is primarily focused on the development of novel intervention strategies to improve physical function and participation for older persons with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, particularly low back pain. His work has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade. He is currently the principal investigator of an NIH-funded multicenter clinical trial designed to explore the impact of addressing hip impairments in older adults with chronic low back pain.

Dr. Hicks has served as the chair of the Scientific Review Committee for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research and chair of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research for the NIH. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and as an editorial board member for Pain Medicine. Dr. Hicks is also a standing member on NIH’s Center for Scientific Review as part of the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section. He has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, APTA’s highest membership category, in 2018. Notably, his service to APTA has also included an appointment to APTA’s Board of Directors.