BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14
Associate professor of clinical physical therapy Cheryl Resnik DPT ’97 has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, giving USC’s physical therapy program the nation’s highest concentration of fellows, with nine faculty members having received the distinction.
The fellowship is the highest honor bestowed by the APTA. It is meant to inspire all physical therapists to attain the same professional excellence and impact that its namesake Catherine Worthingham, a physical therapy visionary, did during her career. To be eligible, a physical therapist must have at least 15 years’ experience contributing to the profession through leadership, influence and achievements. Resnik has served as president of the California Physical TherapyAssociation and vice president of two CPTA sections.
She has also served as chair of the national interprofessional education consortium within the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and chair of the APTA’s Ethics andJudicial Committee.
“Cheryl Resnik is one of our greatest assets here at USC,” said Associate Dean James Gordon. “She has been instrumental in setting up a strong, vibrant student volunteer program in a variety of community organizations as well as at least two international settings. And I should add that her advocacy starts right here in the division. She advocates for patients, students and clinicians every day.”
Resnik joined the division in 1994 as an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and director of physical therapy at the USC University Hospital. Today she is the division’s associate chair and director of community outreach. She will be officially honored at this year’s NEXT Exposition and Conference, taking place June 21-24 in Boston.