Newsmaker: Martha F. Somers
Noteworthy: Named the American Physical Therapy Association's 2014 national award winner for Excellence in Neurologic Education. The award honors members of the organization's neurology section for exceptional contributions in clinical and/or academic neurologic education.
Occupation: Assistant professor of physical therapy at Duquesne University
Family: Husband and one daughter
Background: A member of the faculty at Duquesne since 1997, Somers is an expert in spinal cord injury and the author of the textbook, “Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation.” She also practices and mentors residents and physical therapists at UPMC Mercy's spinal cord injury unit.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Earlham College, 1977; master of physical therapy, Duke University, 1979; doctor of physical therapy, Slippery Rock University, 2006.
Quote: “I enjoy teaching and writing. And half a day a week, I am very happy to be at (UPMC) Mercy Hospital at one of the leading spinal cord injury centers in the country.”