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Northland Community & Technical College educator honored for publication

According to a Northland news release, Justin Berry was awarded the 2021 Feitelberg Journal Founder’s award by the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, at the organization’s annual meeting on Feb. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Justin Berry, director of Northland Community & Technical College’s physical therapist assistant program, was awarded the 2021 Feitelberg Journal Founder’s award on Feb. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
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EAST GRAND FORKS – The director of Northland Community & Technical College’s physical therapist assistant program has been recognized by an academic journal for publication.

According to a Northland news release, Justin Berry was awarded the 2021 Feitelberg Journal Founder’s award by the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, at the organization’s annual meeting on Feb. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. The award was created in honor of the efforts of the over 100 colleagues whose contributions of time and money created the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. It acknowledges excellence in publication by a first-time author in that journal for the calendar year.

“It was a surprise and a nice honor to receive recognition for this research article,” Berry said.

Berry was chosen for this award for his article “A National Survey of Student Loan Debt Accrued by Doctor of Physical Therapy Students,” which the journal published in March of 2021. The article is one of several Berry has published, and discusses the increasing levels of student loan debt that are a concern within many health professions, including physical therapy.

“Northland is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Justin Berry as our PTA program director and faculty member,” said Jodi Stauss, Northland’s dean of health, public services and technical programs. “Dr. Berry is committed to excellence in PTA education. He is an expert in the field of physical therapy and is an outstanding educator. He is not only dedicated to the profession but he is also dedicated to each of his students, maintaining long-lasting academic relationships as both an instructor and mentor.”

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

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