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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

Chatterjee Wins Top Award

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Sudeshna Chatterjee, received the first place at the 2017 Robert A. Levitt Awards for Student Research on Aging, sponsored by the Institute for Learning in Retirement […]

Butera Collaboration Wins CSM Section Award

Rehabilitation Science PhD student, Katie Butera, co-mentor Dr. Steven George, and UF Health clinician and first author, Kathryn Zeppieri, OT, collaborated on a platform presentation entitled, “Predictive Tools in Inpatient […]

Batra, Lentz & Robison Win NMPT Symposium Awards

Rehabilitation Science PhD students, Abhinandan Batra, Trevor Lentz, and Raele Robison, won three of the five Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium pre-doctoral travel awards. The annual event is sponsored by the T32 […]

Rehabilitation Science T32 Trainees Present at NMPT Symposium

Rehabilitation Science T32 Trainees Present at NMPT Symposium

Rehabilitation Science PhD students and Neuromuscular Plasticity T32 Trainees, Alison Barnard, Kelly Hawkins, Michael Sunshine, and Lauren Tabor, presented their research in six minute “data blitzes” as part of the […]

Spring 2017 Rehabilitation Science Social

                    This week the program met at Tall Paul’s in downtown Gainesville for our spring social. We traditionally hold this event […]

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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