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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.

PhD Program News


PhD Student Awarded 2015 Florence P. Kendall, Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarship

Rehabilitation Science student, Kelly Hawkins, was awarded the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s, 2015 Florence P. Kendall, Post-Professional Doctoral Scholarship. This award recognizes students with outstanding potential who are in their […]

Three Students Awarded Travel Grants

Congratulations to Harneet Arora, Caitlin Banks, and Pallavi Sood! Each received a $250 travel grant from the Rehabilitation Science Steering Committee to present their research at national conferences. Harneet’s poster […]

Outstanding International Student Award for PhD Student Jay Nair

Outstanding International Student Award for PhD Student Jay Nair

Rehabilitation Science student, Jay Nair, was recognized for outstanding accomplishments on November 17th by the University of Florida International Center. Jay’s novel research project focuses on how sensory afferent neurons […]

Poster Recognition for PhD Student

Rehabilitation Science student, Alison Barnard, was recognized for her poster presentation at the World Muscle Conference held in Brighton, England September 30th – October 4th. Her poster, titled “Genetic polymorphisms […]

Article Co-Authored by Gordon Mitchell Featured on the Cover of the Journal of Neuroscience

Dr. Gordon Mitchell has co-authored an article entitled Intermittent Hypoxia-Induced Spinal Inflammation Impairs Respiratory Motor Plasticity by a Spinal p38 MAP Kinase-Dependent Mechanism published in the Journal of Neuroscience. An […]

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Why do students choose the UF Rehab Science PhD Program?

Alumni Spotlight

Meryl Alappattu

Meryl Alappattu

Tell us a little about your experience in the PhD program. After completing my DPT in 2008 from UF, I completed a year-long residency in cancer rehabilitation and pelvic health, […]

Student Spotlight

Laura Zdziarski

Laura Zdziarski

Tell us about your research interests More than two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese. Additionally, about 2.8 million American’s sustain orthopaedic traumas annually. It has been reported […]

Student Spotlight – Jay Nair

Student Spotlight – Jay Nair

What has been your experience in the Rehabilitation Science program? What have you enjoyed most about the program? Rehabilitation of an individual with disability involves integration of knowledge across multiple […]