Dr. Richard Segal receives the 2023 American Physical Therapy Associate Academy of Physical Therapy Research John P. Maley Award

CHP Communications
April 07, 2023
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Richard Segal, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences & Research, was recently honored as the 2023 John P. Maley awardee. The Academy of Physical Therapy Research’s (APTR) Maley Award recognizes outstanding and sustained leadership in physical therapy research. Segal was nominated by Deborah L. Givens, PT, DPT, Ph.D., FAPTA, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy. He also received multiple letters of support from his colleagues at other universities.

According to a recent announcement from APTR, “his influence in research has spanned over 40 years. While Dr. Segal’s individual research contributions alone would be deserving of this award, his contributions to national research mentorship are truly commendable. Of note, Dr. Segal is [the] co-Principal Investigator in the TIGRR (Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research) workshop, one of the most important grant writing programs for advancing PT biomedical researchers. Since 2003, he has personally mentored over 45 junior faculty that have successfully competed for funding and sustained successful academic careers. Most recently, Dr. Segal recognized the critical need for education research and created a similar workshop, GAMER (Grantsmanship and Mentorship in Educational Research), which started in 2018. If this is not enough, he serves a critical leadership role in the National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NM4R) and also the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource (MR3) network. His influence on the profession and rehabilitation research will continue long into the future. Congratulations, Dr. Segal!”

When reflecting on his achievement, Segal shared “My career has been based on my desire to make a difference to the future of other faculty and students along with the profession as a facilitator of their success. The success of these faculty and students has been a tremendous source of joy to me and has given me the opportunity to work with amazing people. What a lucky guy I am!”

The College of Health Professions is pleased to congratulate Dr. Segal on his accomplishment!