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The California Physical Therapy Fund was established in 1977 as a means by which the association could provide financial assistance to students in the form of loans. Today, the FUND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization similar to the PT Foundation and provides research grants solely to California members. The mission of the CAL-PT-FUND is to advance the science and practice of physical therapy by providing grant support for physical therapist researchers in California. The CAL-PT-FUND is committed to building the body of knowledge to support evidence-based, high-quality, cost-effective physical therapy.

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Research Grants

Today the CAL-PT-FUND’s highest priority is to provide research grants to CPTA members in order to advance evidence based practice and to build a cadre of practitioner scholars. The Fund annually awards up to $10,000 in grant funding for relevant research that will continue to build our body of knowledge. The goal of the Fund is to provide $25,000 each for two grants per year. The Fund is attempting to raise $500,000 in order to award the grants from the interest earned on account, thus insuring the future of California funding for California physical therapists and physical therapist assistant practitioner scholars.

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Upcoming Events


Day of Giving
May 7, 2020


Barrels & Brews
October 12, 2019
Las Vegas, NV


Ride for Research
November 7-10, 2019
SF to LA


Research Symposium
April 25-26, 2020
Azusa Pacific University

Featured Researchers

Up to four times a year, the CAL-PT-FUND chooses a FUND grant recipient as a Featured Researcher. Read about the current and past researchers.

Featured Researchers

Board Members


Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA


Irina Fedulow, PT, DPT


Mitchell Kauk, PT


Chris Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA


Dave Powers, PT, DPT, MA, MBA


Judy Sebring, PT


David Selkowitz, PT, PhD


Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT


Debi Craddock, PT


Stacy DeFoe, MA, CAE

Management Team


Assistant, Education & Meetings
Kristy Murchison

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The foundation of any profession is the base of knowledge that supports its existence. To match the pace of research occurring in other health-related fields, physical therapy must support an active research community.

Support the Science Behind Your Profession:

The Friend of the FUND program is the backbone of the CAL-PT-FUND. Generous donors such as yourself are what keep us running and allow us to provide the support that we do to California researchers. The program allows donors to give at a level that is comfortable for them.

Donation Levels:

  • Diamond: $10,000
  • Platinum: $1,000+
  • Gold: $500-$999
  • Silver: $250-$499
  • Bronze: $100-$249
  • Contributor: Up to $99
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