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Welcome to the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program. The PhD program provides training to future rehabilitation scholars, building skills in research, teaching, and interdisciplinary teamwork in movement science and disability science. We train rehabilitation scholars with an innovative graduate program that builds skills in research, teaching, and interdisciplinary teamwork in disability science and movement science. Students design their own specialty area within the broad categories of:

Upon successful completion of this program, students receive their Ph.D. and are well positioned for faculty positions in research universities and research centers.

For an overview of the National Institutes of Health funding priorities related to rehabilitation, please visit:

PhD Program News

Program Awards Six Travel Awards

The Rehabilitation Science program awarded six travel awards to students to presenting their data at national meetings. Katie Butera Conference: APTA Combined Sections Meeting Title: Prolonged reduction in shoulder strength […]

Rehabilitation Science Students Present at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Rehabilitation Science PhD students, Kelly Hawkins, Michael Sunshine, and Tommy Sutor, presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting last month. The SfN is the world’s largest organization of scientists […]

Rehabilitation Science Student Awarded UF Informatics Graduate Student Fellowship

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Mi Jung Lee, has been selected for a UF Informatics Institute (UFII) Graduate Student Fellowship for her  proposal, “Developing a Computerized Universal Measure of Health-Related Quality […]

New Occupational Therapy Chair to Join Rehabilitation Science Program

New Occupational Therapy Chair to Join Rehabilitation Science Program

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, an internationally recognized scientist in rehabilitation, has been named the chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. We are excited to […]

Fuller and Mitchell Serve as Experimental Neurology Guest Editors

Fuller and Mitchell Serve as Experimental Neurology Guest Editors

Drs. David Fuller and Gordon Mitchell were recently invited to serve as guest editors for an issue of Experimental Neurology. The special issue focuses on an  important topic in  rehabilitation […]

PhD Program News Archives

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Why do students choose the UF Rehab Science PhD Program?

Alumni Spotlight

Milap Sandhu

Milap Sandhu, PT, PhD, completed the Rehabilitation Science program in December 2010. He is currently a Research Scientist in the Sensory Motor Performance Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago […]

Student Spotlight

Abhinandan Batra

Abhi is a senior student in the Rehabilitation Science program and is mentored by Dr. Krista Vandenborne I am in the fifth year of my PhD program and it has […]

Lauren Tabor

Lauren joined the Rehabilitation Science program in summer 2015. She is mentored by Dr. Emily Plowman. What has been your experience in the Rehabilitation Science program? What have you enjoyed […]

Welcome from the Rehabilitation Science Program Director

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