Title: Physical Therapy Educator
Company: Campbell University
Location: Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, United States
Richard Bohannon, Physical Therapy Educator at Campbell University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical therapy education.
Dr. Bohannon went into physical therapy as a result of an occupational interest test. The result showed that his interests and skills best aligned with physical therapy. The field involves thinking, interacting with patients, and working with your hands, which were all factors Dr. Bohannon wanted in his future. He pursued the field by first earning a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina in 1977. He then earned a Master of Science from the institution in 1982. He later earned an EdD from North Carolina State University in 1988 and a Doctor in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007. He has been board certified in neurologic physical therapy since 1999.
Since 2015, Dr. Bohannon has taught at Campbell University as a professor of physical therapy. He garnered previous experience as a professor at the University of Connecticut, where he started teaching in 1987. During this time, he worked as a senior scientist in the research department at the Hartford Hospital from 1994 to 2004. He served as the Chief of Physical Therapists at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center from 1983 to 1989 and at the University of Illinois Hospital in 1982. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bohannon treated patients as a staff therapist at the Wake County Medical Center from 1977 to 1981.
A highlight of Dr. Bohannon’s career has been hearing from patients who have seen a change in their health because of his intervention and applied the practice. In recognition of his work, he has received the Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature, the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy and the Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing. Furthermore, he has been recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Bohannon served as the editor of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy from 2002 to 2007 and 2013 through 2018. He has contributed to nearly 400 articles and professional journals. He is a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Neurological Rehabilitation, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Heart Association. Furthermore, he maintains memberships with the New York Academy of Science.
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