University of Vermont

Diane Jette to Receive Honor from American Physical Therapy Association

Diane Jette, P.T., M.S., D.Sc.
Diane Jette, P.T., M.S., D.Sc., Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced that Diane Jette, P.T., M.S., D.Sc., professor and former chair of rehabilitation and movement science at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing.

The award honors superior writing skills in articles published in Physical Therapy. Criteria for selection include style, clarity, and creativity of presentation; timeliness of content; and a continuing record of scholarly contributions to the publication.

Jette’s clinical expertise is in the area of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Her research has examined the relationship between patient and practice characteristics and patient outcomes; the characteristics of physical therapy practice in out-patient, stroke rehabilitation and acute care; the application of standardized outcomes measures by physical therapists; and the beliefs of physical therapists in terms of evidence-based practice. Jette has published 46 peer-reviewed papers and given 50 professional presentations, both invited and peer-reviewed. She has also conducted research related to physical therapy education.

“Physical therapy is a huge part of my life, and my profession is extremely important to me. I have had the privilege of being a clinician, a researcher and a teacher — the best of all worlds,” said Jette. “Each aspect of my professional life has its rewards and pleasures. The best thing about my professional life is the large number of friends and colleagues that I have had the pleasure of meeting, learning from and working with.”

Jette is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and has been a physical therapist for 35 years. She has served in numerous appointed and elected positions in the American Physical Therapy Association, and is an editor for the journal Physical Therapy.

Jette will receive the award during a ceremony and reception at APTA’s June conference.

Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence.