Galloway wins national physical therapy research award
Cole Galloway works with young William Harp at UD's Early Learning Center.


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8:25 a.m., April 9, 2010----Cole Galloway, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, has won the Research Award from the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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The award is given to recognize members who have performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. Evidence must be given that the published body of research materials makes a meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of the field.

Galloway was selected for conducting ground-breaking research with infants, obtaining federal funding to support his research, and mentoring students who have gone on to become successful researchers in pediatric physical therapy.

“Cole has a decade of sustained and outstanding basic and clinical research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy,” says department chairperson Stuart Binder-Macleod. “His work is constantly motivated by his personal drive to use scientific study as a vehicle to help families and clinicians enrich the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.”

Galloway has become nationally known within the past few years for his work on the use of specially designed robotic power chairs to increase the mobility of infants and toddlers with disabilities. He has found that improved mobility leads to the enhanced social interactions that are critical to human development. The work is a unique collaboration with mechanical engineering professor Sunil Agrawal.

Director of the Infant Motor Behavior Lab at UD since 2000, Galloway holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) graduate program.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biology and exercise science from the University of Southern Mississippi, a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, and a doctorate in physiological sciences from the University of Arizona.

Article by Diane Kukich