Faculty and Staff

  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Alabama
  • MSPT, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Alabama
  • PCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Research Interests
  • Physical activity in children
  • Physical activity in children with special needs/chronic disease
  • Effective parent education
  • Service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy
  • Go Baby Go Chapters Set Goal of 30,000 Assistive Toy Cars Per Year
    Written By: Megan Pabian | October 14, 2019
    They came from across the country, but they were united in their mission to help handicapped children and adults improve their lives through better mobility. Representatives from 13 chapters of...
  • Donation Helps Go Baby Go! Go Far
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | September 19, 2019
    Thanks to Variety – The Children’s Charity of Florida, children like Evan will have a better quality of life through increased mobility. Shortly after Evan was born, his mother, Casey...
  • UCF Helps Launch Go Baby Go! in Belgium for Children with Limited Mobility
    Written By: Rachel Williams | October 25, 2017
    The first Belgian chapter of Go Baby Go!, an outreach program that works to give children with mobility impairments more freedom, launched this week thanks to the help of the...
  • UCF, Orlando Health Team up to Help Children Vroom Vroom
    Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 16, 2017
    The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health are teaming up today to give some children with limited mobility a little bit of independence. Orlando Health is sponsoring a UCF Go...
  • UCF Go Baby Go! Receives President’s Award from National Down Syndrome Congress
    Written By: Karen Guin | July 26, 2016
    Jennifer Tucker spent much of her time at last week’s National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Orlando showcasing and leading efforts to enhance mobility in children with disabilities. But...
  • UCF Unveils First-of-its-Kind Cafe in Florida
    Written By: Karen Guin | February 1, 2016
    Ten years ago Diana Tafur was ejected from a New York City taxi in an accident involving a drunk driver and landed on her head. The impact left the then...
  • Students Learn Value of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care
    Written By: Karen Guin | October 23, 2015
    A growing trend in health care education is interprofessional collaboration. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies show that when dealing with complex health issues, patient outcomes significantly improve...
  • UCF Provides Modified Kiddie Cars to Special Toddlers, Only the Beginning
    Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | June 1, 2015
    Barnabas Dowdell was born with Down syndrome, and moving his lower body is a challenge. So his mom was astonished when the 13-month-old drove his new retrofitted motorized toy racecar...
  • Kids with Developmental Disabilities to Have Field Day All Their Own
    Written By: Mark Schleub - UCF News and Information | March 23, 2015
    Playing is a big part of being a kid. But for children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other physical and developmental disabilities, it can be tough to find...