Kiri Ness, Ph.D., a physical therapist and faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature from the American Physical Therapy Association.
The annual Helen J. Hislop Award honors a physical therapist who has been actively engaged in writing and publishing professional literature pertaining to the physical therapy profession for at least 10 years.
Ness joined St. Jude in 2006, and has more than 275 peer-reviewed publications. Her research focuses on recognizing, describing and remediating functional limitations in childhood cancer survivors; exercise, physical activity and dietary intervention to prevent and remediate frail health; and accelerated aging in cancer survivors.
“I am so honored to receive this award from my physical therapy peers,” Ness said. “My training and experience as a physical therapist provide me with the foundation for the research I do today, designed to improve physical function and performance in children with cancer and among cancer survivors.”
Ness earned a bachelor’s degree at College of St. Scholastica; a master’s degree at Augsburg College; and a master’s of public health and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.
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