Professor, Physical Therapy
Galloway, New Jersey
Mary Lou Galantino PT, MS, PhD, MSCE, FAPTA
Dr. Mary Lou Galantino is a Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, where she also coordinates an interdisciplinary Holistic Health Minor. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she conducts research on integrative medicine and chronic diseases.
Dr. Galantino received her BS degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and started her career in acute care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She later moved west taking on clinical and administrative roles in hospice and acute care settings in Oregon and Texas, receiving extensive training with the HIV population and oncology rehabilitation in the 80’s at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In the mid-80’s she initiated a private practice and became a member of a the NIH-National Task Force on AIDS, and earned a MS degree in physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University.
In the 90’s she returned to the east coast joining the faculty at Stockton University and earn her PhD from the Department of Education at Temple University and then later a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. One area of focus of her teaching, research and advocacy has been on advancing the care and rehabilitation of those with HIV/AIDS and cancer around the country and the globe with a holistic health approach, noting her certifications as yoga instructor and ACSM Wellness Coach.
In 1993, she established the HIV SIG of the Oncology Section of the APTA and served as the Research Chair for over a decade. She received Health Resources and Services Administration government grants in Texas and New Jersey and established community based rehabilitation interventions for people living with HIV. Through her Fulbright Specialist Award in South Africa, Dr. Galantino researches HIV disability and is a visiting professor at the University of Witwatersrand.
Dr. Galantino has published two texts on HIV, two books on complementary and alternative medicine as well as multiple book chapters. She has nearly 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Contemporary Clinical Trials, Rehabilitation Oncology, Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Research International, Journal of Physical Therapy Education and EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. She has given over 250 professional presentations to interdisciplinary audiences at state and national meetings as well as internationally in countries such as Columbia, South Africa, Greece, China and Japan with topics ranging from physical therapy education, Integrative Therapy in Rehabilitation, HIV Rehabilitation and Wellness Coaching Interventions for Cancer Survivors.
In her effort to integrate evidence based complementary medicine throughout rehabilitation practice, she is involved several research projects funded by NIH and private foundations such as the Impact of aerobic exercise on women with genetic predisposition to breast cancer. WISER (Women in Steady Exercise Research) Sister study; Impact of Yoga on Quality of Life and Cognition for Women Undergoing Treatment during Chemotherapy, and Effect of a Four-week Yoga Program on Persons with HIV-related Distal Sensory Polyneuropathy and the Effects of Yoga for Mild Hypertension.
Dr. Galantino has held several state and national consultative and advisory positions in the APTA and NJ APTA. She is the APTA representative for the Commission on Cancer where she is a member of the Advocacy and Accreditation Committees. In 2017 she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Fellow. She has also received numerous university and APTA awards for her teaching and research as well as most notably her Fulbright Award as a Cancer and HIV Rehabilitation Consultant in South Africa. In 2018, she was awarded Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She brings passion for interprofessional and community engagement through her students, fellow colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
Friday, September 24, 2021
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM ET
Sunday, September 26, 2021
3:35 PM – 4:50 PM ET