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April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP

Interprofessional Clinical Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, Director of Interprofessional Community Clinic, Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP, is the Interprofessional Clinical Specialist and serves as Director of the Interprofessional Community Clinic, a pro bono faculty-student collaborative clinic. She leads the development and implementation of interprofessional clinical training models and experiences.  Previously, Dr. Newton was the Executive Director of the Baldwin Institute in 2016-2017 after serving as the Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice since 2015. She continues her faculty role as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Interprofessional Education and Global Health in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Rosalind Franklin University, Dr. Newton was the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University, IA.

Dr. Newton received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Iowa and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. She is recognized as a member of the Alpha Eta National Scholastic Honor Society for Allied Health Professions. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University.

In 2016, Dr. Newton was named a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and serves on the membership committee of the National Academy of Physical Therapy Practice.  She is active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Education Section and Clinical Education Special Interest Group where she has served in various capacities. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the APTA Education Section and Co-Chair for the Education Leadership Conference. In addition, Dr. Newton is a charter member of the National Interprofessional Education Consortium in the American Council for Academic Physical Therapy and is a member of the the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC).

She has also presented nationally and internationally on clinical education and interprofessional education and collaborative practice at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association conferences, APTA NEXT conferences, APTA Combined Sections Meetings, and interprofessional conferences that include Collaborating Across Borders and All Together Better Health.