Jillian Watson, SPT (incumbent) | Candidate for SSIG Director (2021-2022)

Based in Hoschton, Georgia.

Our association is strengthened by its members. Each member makes a difference and has the ability to impact the profession, their patients, and one another through leadership, advocacy, and learning. My vision is to seek those that desire to make an impact and provide them with opportunities for success through community engagement and provision of resources. This past year, there has been tremendous growth within the Academy of Pelvic Health Student Special Interest Group (SSIG), with student membership rising 34% and engaging with over 800+ students via social media platforms. We have seen exponential growth in attendance to monthly meetings and have been impressed with student initiative to learn more about this specialty practice. There is transformation of this SSIG happening each day and it is exciting to connect with future colleagues and leaders.

It has been an honor to serve this year as one of the SSIG Directors and I would like to continue this service through a second term in order to build upon the trajectory that we have started. The current directors share a desire for the SSIG to continue to grow. The ability to serve for a second term would allow me to assist in the progression towards easier transitions to new leadership in the future.

In addition to advancing our residency fair and the promotion of our monthly chats, one of my goals will be to enhance our ability to ensure that transitions from one group of Directors to the next is streamlined. This can be done through appropriate resource organization, transitional meetings, and regular support. It will allow the SSIG to maintain its progress and reach for more membership and engagement without any roadblocks. I am excited to see what new ideas and opportunities lie ahead of this SSIG. Thank you for your consideration.


  • B.A. in Exercise Science, Gustavus Adolphus College 2011;
  • A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant Studies, St. Catherine University 2015;
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Mercer University Expected Graduation May 2022


  • Mary McMillan Scholarship Award Recipient, 2015;
  • RM Barney Poole Leadership Academy Scholarship Recipient, 2020;
  • Dr. Leslie F. Taylor Leadership Development Scholarship Recipient, 2020;
  • GFPT and Team Rehabilitation Scholarship Recipient, 2021

Current Extracurricular Activities/Aspirations

As a physical therapist assistant, I practiced in outpatient orthopedics for about four and a half years. Throughout this next year and following graduation, I will be participating in pelvic health continuing education, a clinical rotation in pelvic health, and applying for positions as a pelvic health therapist.

Professional Awards and Contributions

Professional Presentations:
  • Embry, A.E., Lafko, A., Zeigler, S., Cambell, A., Tanych, J., Watson, J. From Frustrated to Fantastic: Capitalizing on Generational Characteristics. Session delivered at APTA Combined Sections Meeting. February 26th, 2019. Education Session: 2 Hours.
  • Think Tank Thursday: Multi-Generational Dive. TED-style talk delivered at APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition. June 22nd, 2017. Platform Session: 20 minutes.
  • Arundale, A., Black, J., DeStefano, S., Mariella, K., Carney, J. Snap Presentation: So you want to be a leader? Session delivered at APTA National Student Conclave. October 29th, 2016. Education Session: 45 minutes.

Involvement in the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

  • Student Special Interest Group Director 2020-2021

Involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association and/or chapter(s)

  • APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors Nominating Committee Member 2014-2015;
  • APTA Florida Early Professional Special Interest Group PTA Director 2016;
  • APTA Florida Early Professional Special Interest Group Nominating Chair 2018;
  • APTA Georgia Core Ambassador 2020