McLean, VA—The Section on Women’s Health’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mary Dockter, PT, PhD, University of Mary, will be the new senior editor of the Journal for Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Mary Dockter, PhD
Professor and Chair Department of Physical Therapy
University of Mary

Dockter is a past recipient of the SOWH Elizabeth Noble Award (2013) and Volunteer of the Year Award (2005 and 2015). She has been a respected reviewer for JWHPT and several other journals. She served as the SOWH Director of Education from 2006-2009 and has assisted on several committees for the SOWH setting entry-level and post-entry level standards for women’s health education. She was instrumental in advancing the petition for ABPTS Specialty Certification for Women’s Health in 2006. Dockter is in her 20th year of employment at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, — one of the premier PT programs in America. She currently is professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and teaches in the areas of women’s health, geriatrics, administration, and professional practice issues. She initiated and has directed 12 service-learning groups to Guatemala and Peru. Her research has primarily centered on education in women’s health and prevalence and management of urinary incontinence. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota (UND), master’s in education from the University of Mary, and PhD in education from UND. She is a graduate of the inaugural APTA Education Leadership Fellowship Institute in 2012.

“The entire editorial team is thrilled to have such a respected and accomplished SOWH member join us in our quest to elevate the status of the journal. We are all looking forward to collaborating with Mary and know her extensive research and service background will augment the team’s success,” says JWHPT Editor-in-Chief, Cynthia Chiarello, PT, Ph.D. “She joins our dedicated group of editors committed to enhancing the reach of our journal while preserving the standards of research excellence established by the previous editors.”

“Having extensive involvement with the outstanding members of the SOWH in the past, I am excited to rejoin this group in a new avenue. I am well aware of the expertise of the editorial team and look forward to working with this esteemed group. The past editors of the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy made remarkable progress over many years and I look forward to contributing to continued growth and advancement of the journal,” says Dockter.

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.