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Section on Women’s Health and SmartBrief Launch News Service

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments






CONTACTS: Carly Chomer, SmartBrief, 202-407-7864, [email protected]

Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD, [email protected]


WASHINGTON, DC – SmartBrief announced today the launch of a bi-weekly news service in partnership with the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association to keep its members  on top of the essential news shaping their industry.

SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief provides a comprehensive summary of the latest research and news related to practice, nutrition, wellness, emerging health care trends and SOWH—all uniquely relevant to these specialized health professionals.

“We have launched uPdaTe SmartBrief in direct response to overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the 2016 Membership Survey,” says SOWH President Patricia Wolfe, PT, MS. “The profession of physical therapy is changing rapidly, and our members are committed lifelong learners who want the best evidence-based research and information they can put into practice with their patients. Time constraints and the sheer scale of health information worldwide meant we needed a partner who could handle the rapid-delivery operations and information our members deserve.”

“Research and education have been at the heart of the Section on Women’s Health since its birth 40 years ago,” says Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD, who led development of the content strategy and is an ongoing curator for the publication. “We are in the early stages of executing our new strategic plan under a more-focused mission and vision of serving as a global authority for pelvic and abdominal health. Getting the latest evidence-based research and news into the hands of both our members and any interested physical therapist, physical therapist assistant and student worldwide is imperative. Our patients need us to have the latest knowledge so we can help them recover from their diverse, often complex conditions.”

To learn more or sign up for SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief, visit


Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients with pelvic and abdominal health issues worldwide. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic complications. In addition to continuing education, certifications, and Clinical Practice Guidelines, SOWH members receive the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, a PT Locator directory listing, conference discounts, and career resources.

Serving nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporate entities.






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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