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Dr. Carolyn Utsey awarded $400,000 grant for School of Health Professions program

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair for Physical Therapy, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund the implementation of the School of Health Professions' Bridge Physical Therapist Assistant to Physical Therapist program.

The roughly $400,000 Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program award will help enable the SHP to admit and retain two culturally diverse student cohorts for the Bridge PTA to DPT program, consisting of 20 students in 2015 and 24 in 2016. Other SHP goals for this project include completing online course development tools, developing key clinical education sites and formalizing a consortium of Texas PT Education Programs to offer a Bridge curriculum on campuses beyond UTMB.

Dr. Utsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, then went on to earn a Physical Therapy certificate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and both a Master of Education in Allied Health Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has received more than a dozen educational grants. In 2010, she won the prestigious William Gould Memorial Outstanding Physical Therapy Faculty Award from the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Congratulations to Dr. Utsey and her SHP colleagues for this outstanding achievement.