Forty for 40: BA Harris, PT, DPT ’02, MS ’83
BA Harris dedicated her entire 30-year career at the MGH Institute to ensuring physical therapy was integrated into the school’s original mission of interprofessional education.
It began in 1983 when she became the school’s first recipient of a graduate degree. She joined the PT faculty two years later as an assistant professor, followed by a series of significant academic leadership positions: department director (1992–2002), special assistant to the president for new initiatives (2002–2007), interim associate academic dean (2007–2008), and associate provost of academic affairs (2008–2012).
It was during Harris’ final role that she became the interim director of the newly created Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, where she played a key role in the creation of the school’s PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Master of Science in Health Professions Education degrees and the online Prerequisites for the Health Professions courses. “I’m grateful that I had the chance to ensure our students will continue being exposed to interprofessional teamwork which improves patient outcomes,” she said.