OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER
On Friday, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ATC, Sc.D, SCS, FAPTA, entitled Don’t Ever Give Up! Dr. Snyder-Mackler will speak on the subject of her journey as a physical therapist with a spouse suffering from ALS. She is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the
University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department, a long-time SPTS member and a Ronald G. Peyton Award winner, along with the recipient of many other honors from the APTA and other Sections..
Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler, a board certified sports physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who is an international leader in the field of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation research, is the University of Delaware's Faculty Athletics Representative.
A former member of the UD Athletics Governing Board, Snyder-Mackler has served at the University of Delaware since 1989, including the last six as Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and received the 2009 Francis Alison Faculty Award, the University’s highest faculty honor.
Snyder-Mackler is a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist who maintains an active Sports Physical Therapy practice at the University of Delaware and serves as a rehabilitation consultant to collegiate, amateur and professional teams. She served as Head Athletic Trainer for the beach volleyball venue at the 1996 (Centennial) Olympic Games in Atlanta.
She concentrates her clinical practice and research in the areas of knee and shoulder rehabilitation, and electrical stimulation of muscle and has authored many research publications in the areas of knee rehabilitation and regularly speaks to national and international audiences on these topics.
She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2003, the Association’s highest honor, and was recently named an inaugural of the Scientific Board(SB) of the World village of Women Sport,which will be based in Malmo Sweden. She currently is an investigator on more than $6 million in research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and several foundations.
Snyder-Mackler earned her undergraduate degree in quantitative studies from Johns Hopkins University in 1978 where she played on the first women’s lacrosse teams in university history, received both a post graduate certificate in physical therapy (1980) and a master’s degree in organizational behavior (1984) from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a doctorate in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University in 1990.
She has served as academic director of the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic since 1993, as academic residency director since 1995, and as Alumni Distinguished Professor since 2006. She was the 3rd Academic Director of the UD Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science, serving from 2004-2009.
In addition, she was a visiting researcher to the School of Health and Bioscience at the University of East London in 2007-09 and since 1997 as been an adjunct associate research professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine in Philadelphia from 1997-2007 and a founding faculty, and a founding faculty member of the Norwegian research center for Active Rehabilitation (NAR) in Oslo Norway.
Prior to the University of Delaware, she served in a variety of positions in the physical therapy field, including working at Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital, Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, N.J., Physical Therapy and Restorative Care Associates in Philadelphia, Comprehensive Pain Management Services in Philadelphia, University Physical Therapy Associates in Wyncote, Pa., Temple University, Boston University, the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, and Allegheny University of Health Sciences in Philadelphia.
Snyder-Mackler has earned numerous other prestigious awards in her field, including the American Physical Therapy Association Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy (2004), University of Delaware University Doctoral Mentoring Award Winner (2004), Steven J. Rose Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research (2004,2009 and 2011), and the John HK Maley Award for Contribution to Physical Therapy Research (2009).
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic Research Society, National Athletic Trainers Association, American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI).