1. Lusardi, Michelle M. PT, DPT, PhD

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The final message of the year typically allows an editor to express thanks to all who have contributed to the success of the journal that he or she oversees. Because the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy (JGPT) would not be the wonderful resource that it has become without the support and effort of many colleagues, I enthusiastically embrace this tradition.


First, heartfelt thanks to the associate editors who have been vital to the daily work of the Journal and without whom this Editor would surely flounder.


Marybeth Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, has shared her expertise on muscle function, functional assessment, and research design providing constructive feedback to authors in words that provide direction without harshness.


Bernadette-Williams York, PT, DSc, GCS, has recently joined the editorial team, shepherding case reports and special interest papers through the review process, graciously and effectively, as did her predecessor, Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD.


Kevin K. Chui, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, OCS, provides an incredible resource on research design, statistical analysis, and geriatric orthopedics for the entire editorial team as well as for the authors whose work he reviews.


A special thanks to Rita A. Wong, PT, EdD, FAPTA, whose friendship and mentorship have been invaluable to me, for her insight and commitment to the translation of "best evidence" into effective clinical practice. Because Dr Wong has recently been offered a wonderful professional opportunity, she will be will "retiring" from the role of associate editor, but will continue her contributions to JGPT as a member of the editorial board and as a reviewer. Please join me in wishing her well in her new endeavors!


I am happy to welcome Robert Wellmon, PT, PhD, NCS, to the editorial team. Dr Wellmon has been a particularly reflective and effective reviewer, JGPT author, and participant in the 2012 strategic planning process; he will be a wonderful addition to the editorial team.


The members of the editorial board of the JGPT researchers and educators with expertise in basic sciences, physical therapy, gerontology, and geriatric medicine are from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, and the United Kingdom. These individuals are always responsive to request from the Editor, providing insight, suggestions, and guidance for JGPT policies and procedures, and serving as expert manuscript reviewers. I hope that each has been as delighted as I have been with the growth in number and improvement in quality of submitted manuscripts, the improvement in responsiveness to authors, and the addition of indexing in SciSearch, journal citation reports, and current contents this year! Kudos to the JGPT Editorial Board: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD; Bill Andrews, PT, EdD, NCS; John O. Barr, PT, PhD; Michael Bemben, PhD; Richard W. Bohannon, PT, EdD, NCS, FAPTA, FAHA; Zeevi Dvir, PhD, LLB; Richard Fortinsky, PhD; Timothy Kauffman, PT, PhD; Sara Lamb, PT, PhD; Cathie Sherrington, PT, PhD; and Anthony Vandervoort, PhD.


Our publishers at Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins work "behind the scenes" to insure the Journal operates effectively and that accepted manuscripts become available as quickly as possible as e-pubs (searchable in Medline, CINAHL, Embase, AMED, SciSearch, journal citation reports, and current contents) and in the print version of the JGPT. The folks at editorial manager allow authors, editors, and reviewers to remain organized (and sane) during the process of submission, review, and revision.


Natasha Dougherty, senior production editor, efficiently translates raw manuscripts, tables, and figures into page proofs and finished pages and insures that each issue is effectively filled (and not too far over page allotments) and is patient with this editor who is often a bit late with the editor's message.


Paul Gee has been an incredibly forward-thinking and innovative resource as publisher, exploring ways to make JGPT much more visible in the "e-world," patiently exposing this e-challenged editor to possibilities for international collaboration, and quickly solving any and all challenges that I have brought to his doorstep. Paul has recently accepted an opportunity from the Journal of the American Medical Association to develop their e-presence; the JGPT editorial team wishes him much success in the exciting challenges that come with his new position.


Special thanks also to Section on Geriatrics President Bill Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, and to JGPT's board liaison Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS, as well as the entire board of directors for their incredible support of this Journal and its editor. Many thanks are also due to Karen Curran, executive director of the section, whose skillful organization and communication are essential for all of us! It is my hope that the JGPT, as a resource for members and as a scholarly product, well represents the mission of the Section on Geriatrics.


Finally, no journal can be effective without its cadre of reviewers who evaluate the quality and scientific rigor of studies described in the manuscripts we receive. These individuals volunteer their time and effort to provide constructive criticism and insightful comments to JGPT authors. Because of their work, the JGPT enjoys a growing positive reputation as a journal with high standards, which is also "author friendly" in the quality and scope of feedback we provide. The names of those participated in peer review during 2012 are listed on the next page.


The search for the next JGPT editor is ongoing as I write this message. I will take this opportunity to thank all with whom I have interacted during my term as editor. I have been professionally challenged, learned a great deal about scientific writing, and have truly appreciated the opportunities that I have enjoyed in my role as editor in chief. I look forward to the continued growth of the Journal, in ways beyond those I have imagined, in the years ahead!


Michelle M. Lusardi


The JGPT Peer Review Team 2012

Alia Alghwiri, PhD


Natalie Allen, PhD


Leslie K Allison, PhD


Ann Ashburn


Keith Alvin, PT, PhD


Jennifer Baird, PT, MS


Ronald De Vera Barredo, DPT, EdD, GCS


Katherine Beissner, PT, PhD


Debra Bemben, PhD


Michael Bemben, PhD


Mark Bishop, PT, PhD


Salome Brooks, PT, EdD, MBA, MA


Suzanne Brown, PT, PhD


Monica Busse, PT, PhD


Kathleen Cegels, PT, EdD


Steven Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS


Julia Chevan, PT, PhD


Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD


Robert Clark, PT, DPT


Tracy Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS


Amy Darragh, OTR/L, PhD


Henry Deiters, MPT


Tammy Dziadek, PT, DPT, GCS


Jennifer M. Fabre, PhD


Richard Fortinsky, PhD


Stacy L. Fritz, PT, PhD


George Fulk, PT, PhD


Patricia Gillette, PT, PhD


Joshua Gmitter, MPT, DPT


Laura Gras, PT, DPT, DSc, GCS


Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, GCS


Timothy Hanke, PT, PhD


Anne Harrison, PT, PhD


Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, GCS


Dawn M. Hayes, PT, PhD, GCS


Ellen Hillegass, PT, PhD


Tiffany Hilton, PT, PhD


Kent E. Irwin, PT, MS, GCS


Maura Iverson, PT, DPT, SD, MPH


Mimi Jacobs, PT, MPT, GCS, OCS


Eric Johnson, DSc


Murat Karabulut, PhD


Michal Katz-Leurer, PhD


Justin Keogh, PhD


Dennis Klima, PT, PhD, GCS, NCS


Patricia Kluding, PT, PhD


David Lake, PT, PhD


Sandra Levi, PT, PhD


Kelly Lindenberg, PhD, MSPT


Hao Liu, PT, PhD, MD


Mark Loftin, PhD


Corrie Mancinelli, PT, PhD


Carol Maritz, EdD


Bella May, PT, EdD, PhD


Ann Medley, PT, PhD


Carol Ann Miller, PT, PhD, GCS


Ellen W. Miller, PT, PhD


Kenneth L. Miller, PT, DPT


Matthew Moran, PhD


Ruth Mulvaney, PT, DPT, MS


Theresa Nemmers, PT, PhD


Kevin Meville, PT, MS, CCS


David Pariser, PT, PhD


Gina Lynne Pariser, PT, PhD


Melissa L. Peterson, PT, PhD


Enrique Pineda, DPT, PhD, OCS, GCS


Patricia Pohl, PT, PhD


Myla Quiben, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, NCS


Juie Ries, PT, PhD


Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD


Katherine Schvener, MS


Cathy Sherrington, PT, PhD, MPH


Veronica Southard, PT, DHSci, GCS


Brock Symons, PhD


Anthony Vandervoort, PhD


Harvey W. Wallman, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC


Sheila Thomas Watts, PT, DPT, GCS


Fran Wedge, PT, DSc, GCS


Nancy Wofford, PT, DPT, OCS


Sheng-Che Yen, PhD