Leslie Portney

Dean at MGH Institute of Health Professions

Leslie Portney

Leslie Portney

Dean at MGH Institute of Health Professions

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Leslie Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
Office Location:

B36 - 243

Phone: (617) 726-3170
Email: lportney@mghihp.edu

Professor, Physical Therapy
Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Portney was appointed Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in April 2012. Prior to this she served as Interim Dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.

She joined the MGH Institute in 1990, having served in academic and research positions at Boston University, New England Medical Center, and New York University.

Her expertise facilitated the development of the MGH Institute's innovative Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, one of the first to award the DPT degree.

With more than 40 years of experience and more than 100 publications and professional presentations, she is recognized as a national leader in physical therapy education and research.

Dr. Portney's primary teaching responsibility is in the area of critical inquiry; and she is the first author of a widely used textbook on research design and statistics, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice.

Dr. Portney is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In 2002 she was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, the highest honor among the APTA's membership categories. She is President of the APTA Academic Council and formerly served as Chair of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the Council of Worthingham Fellows.

She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Chapter APTA Outstanding Researcher Award, Doctoral Awards from the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Geriatrics Section of the APTA, the Louis Lowy Certificate in Gerontology from Boston University, and is listed in several editions of Who's Who.
Education:

BA Sociology, Queens College , Queens, NY
Certificate of Physical Therapy , University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, PA
MS, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
PhD Gerontology, Boston University, Boston, MA
DPT, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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Dr. Portney's research interests focus on educational outcomes, measurement of functional outcomes in rehabilitation, and risk factors for falls in the elderly.
Publications & Presentations:

O'Sullivan SB, Portney LG. Motor control and motor learning. In O'Sullivan SB, Schmitz TL (eds); Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment (ed 6). Philadelphia, PA, FA Davis, 2013

Portney LG. An opportunity to transform educational leadership (Invited Commentary). J Phys Ther Educ 2011; 25(2): 4-5.

Beninato M, Portney LG. Applying Concepts of Responsiveness to Patient Management in Neurologic Physical Therapy. J Neurol Phys Ther 2011; 35(2):75-81.

Alzayer L, Beninato M, Portney LG. The accuracy of individual Berg Balance Scale items for classifying people with chronic stroke according to fall history. J Neurologic Phys Ther 2009; 33:136-143.

Portney LG. Invited commentary. Career factors help predict productivity in scholarship among faculty members in physical therapist education programs. Phys Ther 2009; 89: 216-219.

Portney L.G., Watkins M.P. Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice (ed 3). Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 2009.

Beninato M., Portney L.G., Sullivan P.E. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a framework to examine the association between falls and clinical assessment tools in people with stroke. Phys Ther. 2009;89: 816-825. Author Response to Invited Commentary. Phys Ther 2009;89:827-828.

Portney L, Flores AM, Abraham K, Fox W. Round table discussion: physical therapy and outcome measures. J Women's Health Phys Ther 2008; 32(3): 7-12

Portney L.G., Roy S.H., Echternach J. Electromyography and nerve conduction velocity tests. In O'Sullivan SB, Schmitz TL (eds). Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment (ed 5). Philadelphia, PA, FA Davis, 2006.

Applebaum, D.L., Portney L.G. Integrating objectives for clinical education, research and service learning into community health promotion projects. J Phys Ther Educ 2006; 20(3):18-24

Portney L.G. Evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making: It's not just the research course anymore. J Phys Ther Educ 2004; 18(3): 29-34.

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