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Palisano Receives Uncommon Title Promotion from Drexel University

August 14, 2013

photograph of Robert PalisanoRobert “Bob” Palisano, ScD, received the title of Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and is now one of only a few faculty members across the entire University to lay claim to the Distinguished Professor title. “It’s always an honor when you get recognized for something that you really didn’t directly apply for,” Palisano said. “Someone had thought about how I contributed to the College of Nursing and Health Professions and to the University. So that, I think, is special.”

Palisano started teaching at what was then called Hahnemann University in 1985 and has continued to work for Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions ever since. His research, which focuses on children with cerebral palsy, has had a large impact on how people think about and describe the motor function of children and youth with this physical disability. Recently, two of the articles about cerebral palsy that he co-authored with the help of Drexel faculty, Margo Orlin, PhD, and Lisa Chiarello, PhD, were the 6th and 21st most cited articles in the Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology journal.