A Message From the Director

DDFWelcome to the University of Florida Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program website.
If you are interested in rehabilitation science, this website will provide an overview of the program. If you are a current student you will find information that will help navigate your graduate experience. If you’re an alumnus, welcome back! We hope you will find the information that you need. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Rehabilitation science is a diverse and expanding discipline that encompasses both basic and applied aspects of health science and services, the social sciences, and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person’s interaction with the surrounding environment.   We believe that rehabilitation science should encompass research ranging from molecular biology through population health.  Thus, our program embraces a wide range of disciplines, and we support the view that by working together we can best advance human health.

This program has been carefully designed to provide you a strong foundation in the science of rehabilitation and recovery. You will study core coursework in rehabilitation theory, learn how to ask questions important to human health and design experiments to effectively answer those questions. This foundation prepares you for a career in rehabilitation science and after graduation you might go on to an academic career or take an industry job.

During your time in our program you will have access to world-class rehabilitation science researchers, a wide variety of seminars, and coursework that can be tailored to your specific interests.  The program features three general tracks: Disability Science, Movement Science, and Bulbar Science.  As you browse this website you can review an example of coursework associated with each track.

A major strength of our program is the diversity of student interests and work.  Indeed, our students are conducting research that spans the full spectrum of rehabilitation science.  Current thesis projects range from studies of the molecular mechanisms of muscle atrophy during cancer to biomechanical assessments of walking following stroke to factors limiting the participation in school activities in boys with muscular dystrophy.  On this website, you can read short descriptions of the research projects being undertaken by our current students and read their papers.

Current students will find the important forms, deadlines and contacts necessary to complete this exciting course of study and your dissertation.

Lastly, if you are an alumnus of our program, we would like to hear from you! We are extremely proud of your accomplishments and you should be too. You will see on this website an “alumni spotlight” in which we feature some of your colleagues.  Please contact us and let us know about your recent achievements.

Thank you for visiting our website. Again, please contact us with any questions.

David D. Fuller, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Director, PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program
Associate Director, Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation