BY JOHN HOBBS MA ’14
Professor Carolee Winstein was honored with the 2018 John P. Maley Award, the highest distinction awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Research, at this year’s Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans.
The award is meant to recognize outstanding contributions to leadership in research over time. This is the first time a division faculty member has earned this prestigious award.
Winstein has become one of the most recognized physical therapy researchers in the world, said Sectionon Research President Gammon Earhart while presenting the award. Perhaps more than any other individual, she has been responsible for the integration of motor learning evidence in the neurologic physical therapy practice, Earhart added.
An accomplished career
Winstein has dedicated her decades-long research career to improving the lives of patients with neurological disorders, particularly in the area of motor learning and rehabilitation of patients after stroke.
She currently serves as the president of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, is a standing member of the NIH Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences Study section and sits on the editorial board for the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.
The scientific investigator has authored more than 100 academic papers, including chapters, proceedings and commentaries. Her research has been consistently funded for the past 25 years by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
In 2003, she was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the APTA, and in 2016, she became a Fellow of the American Heart Association, recognizing her scientific and professional accomplishments in the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
She delivered the Mary McMillan Lecture, during which she challenged the profession to invest in building strong academic centers and set high standards for research, education and patient care.
Winstein has been a professor at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy since 1990. She directs the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Lab, which is focused on motor control and learning. She has a dual appointment with the Department of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.