EAST GRAND FORKS — The director of the physical therapy assistant program at Northland Community & Technical College has been recognized by an academic journal for his publication.
According to a press release from Northland, Justin Berry received the 2021 Feitelberg Journal Founder’s Award from the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, at the organization’s annual meeting on Feb. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. The award was established in honor of the efforts of more than 100 colleagues whose contributions of time and money created the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. It recognizes excellence in an author’s first-time publication in this journal for the calendar year.
“It was a surprise and a great honor to receive recognition for this research paper,” Berry said.
Berry was chosen for this award for his paper “A National Survey of Student Loan Debt Accumulated by Physical Therapy Doctoral Students,” which the journal published in March 2021. The paper is one of many that Berry has published and discusses the rising levels of student debt that are of concern to many health professions, including physiotherapy.
“Northland is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Justin Berry as our PTA program director and faculty member,” said Jodi Stauss, Northland’s Dean of Health, Utilities and Technical Programs. “Dr. Berry is committed to excellence in PTA education. He is an expert in the field of physical therapy and is an exceptional educator. He is not only dedicated to the profession, but he is also dedicated to each of its students, maintaining lasting academic relationships as an instructor and mentor.