About Heather K Vincent
Heather K. Vincent. Dr. Vincent is the Director of Research and Director of the the UF Health Sports Performance Center (SPC), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR). She is an active researcher of the health benefits of exercise, using physical activity to prevent injury and fight diseases like obesity and osteoarthritis. She is active at the national level with organizations like the ACSM, OARSI and AAPMR. Foundation funds, NIH funding and industry have supported her work. Since 2008, the SPC has served people from all over the USA and internationally.
Dr. Vincent is the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and the Director of the UF Health Sports Performance Center. She is a University Term Professor 2018-2021. Her main clinical research focus is the study of the effects of obesity on joint disease mechanisms such as osteoarthritis, and the development of exercise based interventions to reduce disease pathology, pain and disability. She uses an integrative approach in her research, and combines physiological assessment, biochemical markers, biomechanical measures and patient subjective measures to study these relationships.
In the Sports performance Center, Dr. Vincent oversees the development of numerous health, fitness and motion analysis services. Her main sport foci include running for health and the study of lacrosse. Her specialty for lifestyle change includes the use of exercise and nutrition modification for weight management and health.