Dr. Hageman named Worthingham Fellow

Patricia Hageman, Ph.D., Karen Linder Distinguished Professor for Women's Health

Patricia Hageman, Ph.D., Karen Linder Distinguished Professor for Women's Health

Patricia Hageman, Ph.D., Karen Linder Distinguished Professor for Women’s Health in the College of Allied Health Professions, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

It is the APTA’s highest membership honor, to “inspire all physical therapists to attain the high level of professional excellence and impact in terms of advancing the profession.”

Kyle Meyer, Ph.D., dean of the College of Allied Health Professions, said, “Dr. Hageman’s recognition is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for her significant contributions to the physical therapy profession over her long and successful career.”

“Dr. Hageman is a ‘doer’ and not a spectator,” added Joseph Norman, Ph.D., director of physical therapy education, who nominated her for the honor. “Her long-term dedication to the field reflects an individual with the passion, characteristics and accomplishments that mark a Catherine Worthingham Fellow.”

Dr. Hageman was director of UNMC’s physical therapy program for 19 years, during which it won a university-wide teaching award. She was the first recipient of the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award in the College of Allied Health Professions. Additionally, Dr. Hageman has served as the only physical therapist on the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary Community Based Linkages.

For more than a decade she’s been part of a series of groundbreaking research-outreach collaborations, with principal investigator Carol Pullen, Ed.D., professor in the College of Nursing, and others, helping rural Nebraska women improve their health.

Wayne Stuberg, Ph.D., interim director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute, is UNMC’s only previous Worthingham honoree. The late Jayne Snyder, D.P.T., who taught physical therapy education at UNMC in the 1970s, also would later earn Worthingham Fellowship recognition after she left UNMC.


  1. Fran Higgins says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Hageman! Well-deserved!

  2. Joseph Siu says:

    Congratulations, Pat.

  3. Ted Roche says:

    Congratulations, Pat. This is a well deserved recognition of your value to your profession. Best wishes.

  4. Virgie Powers says:

    What an honor for you, Dr. Hageman! Thank you for your dedication to rural Nebraska women, and ultimately women in every state.

  5. Tom O'Connor says:

    Congrats, Pat! What an awesome recognition of your work in the PT field.

  6. Richard A. Lombardi says:

    Congratulations Dr. Hageman for your relentless advocacy for people Rich Lombardi

  7. Clarence Ueda says:

    Congratulations, Pat. It's great to see you receive the recognition and honor that you so richly deserve.

  8. Mark Sunderman says:

    Pat, everything you do is with enthusiasm and exceptional quality. Congratulations for this well deserved honor and recognition in the APTA. You have been a great leader for the PT program at UNMC, and a wonderful, extra ordinary representative for the Nebraska APTA. Thank you, Dr. Norman for nominating Pat.

  9. Marie Kaiser Dahlhoff says:

    Congratulations, Pat! Reading this makes me proud of you and of the UNMC PT program that you helped shape so wisely since the 1980s when you and Wayne instilled a real passion for our profession in my class of '88, and many students since then. Your dedication and hard work will always be very much appreciated. Thank you so much!

  10. Kim Marlatt says:

    I can think of no one in our state more deserving of this honor! Congratulations!! You, Pat, are a shining example of the passion and dedication that each of us as physical therapists should strive to achieve in our profession. Thanks for your dedicated service and on-going work!

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