Physical therapy special instructor earns research award

Physical therapy special instructor earns research award
Dr. Chris Stiller received the MPTA’s Richard E Darnell Research Award for her record of scholarly contributions, mentorship of physical therapy students, faculty and colleagues, and support of physical therapy research. 

The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) has selected Chris Stiller, PT, Ph.D. from Oakland University to receive this year’s Richard E. Darnell Research Award. She was presented the award at the group’s Fall Conference held in Holland, Michigan.

 

The Richard E. Darnell Research Award was developed by the organization to acknowledge significant contributions in the area of research.

 

Dr. Stiller was selected for her record of scholarly contributions, mentorship of physical therapy students, work with faculty and colleagues and in support of her own physical therapy research. This is the highest research award given by the MPTA.

 

Dr. Stiller received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University in 1976, a master’s degree in Human Development from Wayne State University in 1982 and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University in 1998. 

 

She has been a Special Instructor in the physical therapy program at Oakland University since 1982, where she teaches both entry-level and post entry-level courses related to pediatrics, education, psychosocial aspects of patient management, and research methodology. 

 

As a pediatric physical therapist, she has worked in medical, educational, outpatient and home care settings; and currently has a pediatric private practice through which she provides therapy services to schools in the Detroit Metropolitan area. 

 

Dr. Stiller has conducted research in both pediatric physical therapy and physical therapy education.

 

Learn more about physical therapy educational opportunities at Oakland University.

Learn more about the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.