June was a good month for North­eastern University’s post-​​baccalaureate Doctor of Phys­ical Therapy Pro­gram, as a stu­dent and the program’s director received 2011 Amer­ican Phys­ical Therapy Asso­ci­a­tion (APTA) awards.

Clin­ical instructor Sonya L. Lar­rieux received an APTA Minority Fac­ulty Devel­op­ment Schol­ar­ship Award. Fourth-​​year grad­uate stu­dent Li Li has been awarded an APTA Minority Scholarship.

This is excep­tional recog­ni­tion for both Sonya and Li,” said Maura Iversen, chair of the Phys­ical Therapy Pro­gram in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. “These awards rec­og­nize their out­standing com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity ser­vice and to aca­d­emic excellence.”

The stature of our Phys­ical Therapy pro­gram con­tinues to increase,” noted Bouvé Dean Stephen Zoloth. “To have a stu­dent and fac­ulty member win these pres­ti­gious awards is a tes­ta­ment to the inno­v­a­tive, cutting-​​edge work taking place at Bouvé. Li and Sonya are to be con­grat­u­lated for bringing such dis­tinc­tion to the program.”

Lar­rieux, who joined the fac­ulty in 1993, is pur­suing her doc­torate in the Law and Public Policy Pro­gram in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties. Her research focuses on dis­par­i­ties in health and health-​​care delivery and her dis­ser­ta­tion will explore access, delivery and patient out­comes for phys­ical therapy ser­vices in Massachusetts.

The $8,000 award will help Lar­rieux — who has pre­sented at local, national and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ences and coau­thored a mono­graph on Caribbean cul­ture as part of an APTA con­tin­uing edu­ca­tion course — secure the Medicare dataset she needs to ana­lyze her research.

Lar­rieux is also the recip­ient of Northeastern’s Ken­nerson Fac­ulty Schol­ar­ship Award, which rec­og­nizes com­mit­ment to working on an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team serving urban neigh­bors, and a ser­vice award from the Boston Public School’s Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

Born in China, Li has been sin­gled out pre­vi­ously for her schol­ar­ship, public ser­vice and cul­tural com­pe­tence. She won the Bouvé Ken­nerson Award for designing exer­cise and fall-​​prevention pro­grams for the elderly in Chi­na­town. After the dev­as­tating earth­quake in Sichuan two years ago, Li returned to China to help those who were injured.

Last winter, Li vol­un­teered to help chil­dren with severe burns and trauma through Han­dReach, where she serves as a board member. Last summer, she returned to China with two fac­ulty mem­bers to con­tinue that work.

This spring, Li accom­pa­nied more than a dozen fifth-​​year phys­ical therapy stu­dents to Ecuador to vol­un­teer at an orphanage. Li’s $6,000 award will help her to con­tinue her vol­un­teer work with chil­dren in China and Ecuador.