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Columbia Professor Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

New Editor-in-Chief Cindy ChiarelloFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2016

CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, SOWH Director of Research, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, CAE, Executive Director, [email protected], 571-344-5422

Columbia Professor Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Cynthia Chiarello, PT, Ph.D., of Columbia University will be the new editor-in-chief of the Journal for Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Dr. Chiarello is a past recipient of the SOWH Research Award, as well as its  Research Grant. She has been a respected reviewer for JWHPT and several other journals. Dr. Chiarello is an assistant professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy, where she teaches and conducts clinical research on spinal instability, diastasis rectus abdominis, and lumbopelvic dysfunction during the child-bearing year. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and her doctorate in pathokinesiology from New York University.

“Dr. Chiarello is a frequently published researcher and well-respected instructor who knows our membership well, so we are very pleased that she will be helming JWHPT at this critical time in our profession,” says SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D. “She enters at a time of great change for the journal and will be able to use her decades of experience and her wide professional network to help transform the journal and ensure its continued relevance and integrity.”

“I am thrilled to accept the position of editor-in-chief for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy,” says Dr. Chiarello. “I have watched as the journal has grown to establish the Section’s expertise, scholarship, and professional authority on women’s and men’s health. I look forward to working with the wonderful Section members to further advance the journal’s scholarly excellence.”

SOWH publishes the journal three times a year for institutional subscribers and its nearly 3,000 member physical therapists specializing in pelvic and abdominal physical therapy and other related men’s and women’s health conditions. JWHPT is a peer-reviewed publication whose evidence-based research content is accessed by facilities, higher education organizations, and professionals in 45 countries.

The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association is a professional organization of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who serve patients across the life span and around the globe. SOWH has focused on education, networking, and research since its founding in 1977. For information, go to

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