Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA is currently the Vice Chairperson for Administration of the
Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences Department and the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy
Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Kirsch is a current member of the
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and President of the Board of Directors of the Federation
of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Dr. Kirsch’s commitment and service to the American Physical Therapy
Association (APTA) is extensive, with her holding appointments as President and Chief Delegate of APTA’s
New Jersey Chapter; as a member of APTA’s Ethics and Judicial Committee, and its Reference Committee;
and serving on multiple task forces for ethics and clinical education. In 2006, Dr. Kirsch was awarded the
APTA Lucy Blair Service Award; in 2014, she became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. In 2017, Dr. Kirsch
was awarded the Distinguished Professional Award from the New Jersey Chapter of APTA. Dr. Kirsch writes
a monthly column titled “Ethics in Action” for the APTA publication, PT in Motion, and has recently
published the textbook, Ethics in Physical Therapy: A Case Based Approach. Her interest in the Journal of
Humanities in Rehabilitation developed from her work with students and clinicians in ethical decision making
and the exploration of the factors that help to develop mature ethical reasoning in health care providers. She
is particularly interested in how practicing clinicians can remediate unethical behaviors and develop skills for
ethical decision making that provides practical guidance using reflection and introspection.
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