Introducing ENACT Pre-Doctoral Fellow: Aileen Ledingham
Aileen Ledingham, MS, PT joined ENACT’s pre-doctoral training program in September. She brings experience treating both young and old patients in both the United States and the United Kingdom. After graduating with a degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, she worked as a physical therapist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A developing interest in pediatrics led her to complete a Master’s degree in pediatric physical therapy. In 2002, Aileen moved to the UK and specialized in neonatal intensive care.
During her physical therapy career, Aileen made two noteworthy transitions. The first was a shift from direct patient care to a management position at the UK’s National Health Service. This position provided her an opportunity to observe, first hand, the similarities and differences between US and UK health care systems. In her second career transition, Aileen returned to clinical practice with a focus on providing care to geriatric patients.
Aileen’s transition from newborns to geriatric patients provides her with a unique perspective and an ability to address issues that affect health and functioning across the lifespan. Recently, she returned to the States and decided to pursue a doctoral degree. When she learned about the ENACT pre-doctoral fellowship, she knew it was a good match! The program will give Aileen an opportunity to develop the expertise needed to establish a line of research that will help advance rheumatologic rehabilitation. As part of the ENACT team, Aileen’s research will investigate methods to prevent disability and promote activity among older adults with knee osteoarthritis.
According to Aileen, “ENACT’s interdisciplinary approach presents a unique opportunity to learn and develop research skills. The dedicated and enthusiastic faculty who are so willing to share their expertise are a real strength of this fellowship program.” We welcome Aileen to the ENACT team and anticipate that she will make significant contributions during her fellowship and throughout her career.