Professor Honored by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy


(September 23, 2014) — Armstrong State University professor of rehabilitation sciences David Lake received the Outstanding Service Award from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) at their annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. on September 18-20, 2014.

Lake received this award in recognition of his ongoing contributions to the Federation's continuing competence initiative through his work as a ProCert reviewer. As a ProCert reviewer, Lake reviews continuing education programs for content, objectives and also reviews the resumes of instructors to ensure their qualification to offer continuing education programs. Lake reviews three to four proposals per week for a total of over 150 within the past year. This is done on a volunteer basis.

Lake received his physical therapy post-baccalaureate certificate at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now part of Rutgers University) and his Ph.D. in Physiology from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Lake has taught in physical therapy programs for 34 years, first in New Jersey and then at Northeastern University in Boston. For six years, he was the Chairperson of the Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern before coming to Armstrong as the founding Department Head of the Physical Therapy Department, now Rehabilitation Sciences Department.

Since beginning the Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong, he has taught musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment, cardiopulmonary evaluation and treatment, research methodology, clinical medicine, neuroscience and cultural diversity issues and legislative issues. He brought to the Armstrong curriculum the interest in innovative educational design. As a result, the Physical Therapy Program was developed with a modified problem based learning design. He does workshops and consulting on curricular design and educational innovation throughout the country.

Lake is very involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In Massachusetts, he was Education/Program Chair, a member of the Chapter Board of Directors and Executive Committee and a District officer. He has served five terms as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, the national policy making body for the profession of physical therapy. He has served as both Treasurer and Executive Committee member of both the Section for Education and the Section on Geriatrics. APTA. He is presently a mentor of APTA's Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) and a Team Leader for accreditation site visitation teams for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). He just finished two 3-year terms as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Alpha Eta National Honor Society.