American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) The AACPDM Thanks Past President Dr. Lesley Pritchard

For Immediate Release:

The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Expresses Gratitude to President Lesley Pritchard, PT, PhD (2022-23)

Milwaukee, WI., September 11, 2023 – The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of 2022-23 AACPDM President Lesley Pritchard, PT, PhD.

Lesley Pritchard, PT, PhD, AACPDM President (2022-23) stated, “It has been a great honor to serve as the President of AACPDM in the past year. Being at the heart of the Academy and witnessing the dedication and hard work of its members has been truly inspiring. I am grateful to all AACPDM members who persistently work on behalf of individuals with childhood onset disability and move the AACPDM forward.”

Incoming AACPDM President, M. Wade Shrader, MD (2023-24), stated, “I would like to applaud Dr. Pritchard for her leadership this past year. She served the Academy in establishing programs and paths for early career professionals and coordinating a plan of communications.”

Dr. Pritchard is Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Her research focuses on the evaluation of effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions and processes of care for children with childhood onset disabilities. She is the Associate Editor for Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (American Physical Therapy Association) and the Pediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Dr. Pritchard previously served the AACPDM as a member of the following committees: Treatment Outcomes Committee (2006 to 2009; chair 2008-2009), Awards Committee (2016-2020), Nominating Committee (2014-2015), and three Scientific Program Committees (2009 & 2017; co-chair in 2018 and 2022). She previously served on the AACPDM Board of Directors from 2011-2014.


The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is a group of more than 1,100 healthcare professionals committed to improving the health and quality of life for individuals with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities. What sets AACPDM apart is the collaborative approach of its members, who work together to create a global network that delivers the best possible outcomes for patients. Among our members are pediatricians, neurologists, surgeons, physiatrists, therapists, nurses, special educators, engineers, and scientists.

The mission of the AACPDM is:

Empowering and supporting a collaborative multidisciplinary community that

  • provides accessible and robust scientific education for health professionals and researchers
  • fosters innovative research as well as its dissemination and implementation
  • advocates for equitable access to evidence based and patient centered care

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