Humanitarian Award

The SHRS Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual whose demonstrated leadership and outstanding volunteerism have served to improve the lives of others through education, service and/or advocacy. This award honors individuals who exemplify SHRS’ commitment to community service and personify the compassion and caring that is intrinsic to the varied health professions within the school.
Dr. Mary Lou Galantino (Physical Therapy, BS '82)

BS – University of Pittsburgh, Physical Therapy, 1982
MS – Texas Women’s University, Physical Therapy, 1989
PhD – Temple University, 1997 
MSCE – University of Pennsylvania, NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2005

Dr. Mary Lou Galantino is currently a distinguished professor of Physical Therapy at Stockton University in the School of Health Sciences and an adjunct research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Galantino is passionate and compassionate in her professional endeavors and a true advocate for the patients and communities she serves.


Her areas of expertise in clinical practice, education and research are evidence-based practice, chronic pain, HIV and cancer rehabilitation, systemic diseases, long-term care rehabilitation and integrative medicine, and incorporating integrative therapies into rehabilitation practice. She is also a certified wellness coach and yoga instructor and has clincial practices at Elite PT and Christiana Healthcare System. Galantino has published extensively in the areas of wellness coaching, yoga and mind-body therapies and is open about her personal story of surviving breast cancer and her healing through integrative medicine.

She is a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the National Academies of Practice and also a national and international presenter and educator with the APTA, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine and World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Galantino is actively engaged in the New Jersey and Delaware Physical Therapy Association and the APTA. She initiated an HIV rehabilitation special interest group, serving as research chair of her section for over a decade and serving on the EDGE Task Force working with a team to publish systematic reviews. She was appointed as the APTA representative for the Commission on Cancer at the American College of Surgeons and is serving a second term through 2022.

In her own words, published in the February 2019 APTA Love Story, Galantino remarked that, “My passion is to serve and connect globally and when grounded in an organization [APTA] with purpose to deeply serve humanity, it aligns with my personal mission to uphold human dignity, regardless of the context.” In 2014 and 2018, she traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar conducting curriculum reviews, collaborating in research and lecturing on public and global health issues. Galantino actively pursues her passion to serve humanity by continuing to travel internationally, including South Africa and Haiti, in an effort to advance global health.