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ATSU-ASHS’ Dr. Bliven receives distinguished alumni award from IU

Kellie Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC, chair, A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Interdisciplinary Health Sciences department, was recently awarded the Tony A. Mobley International Distinguished Alumni award from her alma mater, Indiana University (IU) School of Public Health-Bloomington (SPH-B).

This award honors SPH-B graduates who have demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievements in fostering the broad missions of public health.

Dr. Bliven, who received her master’s degree in kinesiology from SPH-B in 2000, has spent her career committed to the education of healthcare professionals and the improvement of patient care and well-being through collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

In addition to this award, Dr. Bliven has received numerous recognitions for her contributions in the areas of sport rehabilitation, kinesiology, and health education. In 2019, she was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (JSR), the first woman to hold the title, and in 2018, she received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award. 

At ATSU, Dr. Bliven serves as a professor and director of clinical anatomy, as a core faculty member in ATSU-ASHS’ Physical Therapy department, and as a co-teacher of musculoskeletal and anatomy courses at ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH).


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