IU IPE Welcomes New Director

On October 18th, 2021 Dr. Barbara Maxwell took over as the Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE) director.

Dr. Maxwell has been involved with collaborative work for more than 30 years and has supported interprofessional practice and education (IPE) on three continents, working with colleagues from numerous health professions in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the United States.

A licensed physical therapist and enthusiastic educator, Dr. Maxwell is the former dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona, and a professor in graduate interprofessional education at ATSU and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Dr. Maxwell is a frequent presenter at international conferences and author of numerous publications with grant-funded research in interprofessional and collaborative health care, geriatric workforce enhancement and neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Maxwell is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (FNAP) and inaugural chair of the NAP Physical Therapy Academy. She has served in leadership of several statewide, national and international interprofessional organizations, including serving as the United States representative to Interprofessional.Global, the Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

Dr. Maxwell holds a PhD in interprofessional education from Bournemouth University (UK), a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from ATSU, a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (THE) from Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, England), a Master of Science in research methodology from Kings College, London University, and a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

She arrives at a time when interprofessional education and practice is transforming health care. The IPE Center’s mission is to extend a culture of collaboration across the state and build stronger and better health care teams for the future.