Keynote Speakers

Here are the exciting Keynotes for the 2017 AAOMPT Conference!


John Childs

Dr. Childs is a founder and CEO of Evidence in Motion and partner in Confluent Health, which includes EIM; a network of 70+ physical therapy clinics in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas; and Fit for Work, which provides employers consultative services to decrease injuries and workers’ compensation costs. A graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a BS in biology (1994), he completed his MPT from US Army-Baylor University (1996), MBA from the University of Arizona (2000), Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh (2002), PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2003), and DPT from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions (2010).

Dr. Childs is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. A Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College and Associate Professor in the US Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, Dr. Childs served a 20-year career in the Air Force, having collaborated on more than $10 million in grant funding and published more than 150 papers in leading scientific journals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for both the Physical Therapy and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy journals. Dr. Childs was recently recognized as a “Health Care Hero” in San Antonio and is the youngest ever Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the profession’s highest honor recognizing individuals for professional excellence and making a profound impact in advancing the profession.

Jo Nijs, PT, MT, PhD

Jo Nijs

Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy and master of sciences degrees in physiotherapy / rehabilitations sciences as well as manual therapy. He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, and holder of the Chair 'Exercise immunology and chronic fatigue in health and disease' funded by the European College for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy. He runs the Pain in Motion research group ( and a physiotherapy-based treatment program for patients with chronic pain in the University Hospital Brussels. His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic 'unexplained' pain / fatigue and pain-movement interactions, with special emphasis on the central nervous system. The primary aim of his research is improving care (i.e. physiotherapy) for patients with chronic pain. He has (co-)authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, has obtained over € 3.3 million of grant income, and served more than 100 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. His work has been cited >1000 times (h-index: 18; ISI Web of Knowledge). He supervised 5 completed PhD's (all physical therapists obtaining a PhD degree).

Carolyn Emery, PT, PhD

Carolyn Emery

Dr. Carolyn Emery was recently appointed as the Associate dean Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology. She is a physiotherapist and sport injury epidemiologist. Her PhD in Epidemiology is from the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta. Her research fields include sport injury epidemiology, randomized controlled trials in injury prevention in sport and rehabilitation in pediatrics and sport medicine. Her research focuses primarily on injury prevention in child and adolescent sport and recreation. Dr. Emery is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. Carolyn holds a Professorship in Pediatric Rehabilitation funded through Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Dr. Emery is co-chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC) [1 of 4 International Olympic Committee Research Centres of Excellence in Injury Prevention in Sport] in the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. Dr. Emery is the co-lead of the Alberta Program in Youth Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention (an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunity Program) and Safe to Play (a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Program in Pediatric Concussion). Dr. Emery is also the Prevention Theme co-lead for Alberta Team Osteoarthritis (an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunity Team) where her research relates to preventing injury to prevent osteoarthritis. Dr. Emery is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Institute for Public Health and McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.

The primary focus of Dr. Emery’s research program is the identification of risk factors for injury and evaluation of prevention strategies to reduce the risk of injury in youth sport and recreation. This includes prevention of longer term sequelae, including osteoarthritis, to promote active and healthy lifestyles and to maximize the benefits of rehabilitation in pediatrics and sport medicine. Dr. Emery is best known for her research program in injury and concussion risk in youth ice hockey including evaluation of policy related to body checking. In addition, her research associated with the development and evaluation of prevention strategies to decrease the risk of injuries in hockey, soccer, basketball and junior high school has led to a significant public health impact in injury reduction in youth sport.