Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Tucker is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida.  She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  Tucker is the Director of UCF Go Baby Go and Co-Director of the IMOVE lab.  Her research focuses on community embedded interventions to promote play and participation in children with and without disabilities.  Current projects focus on the impact of  mobility devices including modified ride on cars and harness systems for children and adults on communication, social interactions, quality of life, and functional mobility.  Tucker has published and presented nationally on promoting early mobility, interprofessional education, and participation in children with and without disabilities.

Credentials

  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Alabama
  • MS, Master of Science, 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
Areas of Specialty
  • Physical activity in children
  • Physical activity in children with special needs/chronic disease
  • Effective parent education
  • Service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy
Research Lab Affiliations
  • UCF Physical Therapy Faculty Inducted as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice

    Written By: David Janosik | March 22, 2024
    Clinical associate professors Laurie Neely and Jennifer Tucker ’23PhD have been elected as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in physical therapy. Fellowship is an honor extended to those who have...
  • Mighty Knights Program Helps Children with Complex Communication and Motor Needs

    Written By: Stella Canfield and Heather Lovett | December 8, 2023
    Speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor Julie Feuerstein and pediatric physical therapist and Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker share a passion for improving clinical care and the quality of care for children...
  • Physical Therapy Associate Professor Receives National Innovation Award

    Written By: Ryan Greene | November 13, 2023
    Jennifer Tucker, a clinical associate professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, has been awarded the 2023 Innovation Award by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). The prestigious...
  • Learning with Marlie: When Play Helps Complex Disabilities

    Written By: Ivanhoe Broadcast News | October 9, 2023
    Playing—it’s a rite of passage for children. But not all children get to enjoy a playground, birthday party or recess. Kids born with complex disabilities like cerebral palsy or down...
  • Orlando Health Funds Chair Yoga Therapy Program for People with Aphasia

    Written By: CHPS Staff | May 12, 2023
    The Aphasia House at the University of Central Florida was awarded a grant through the Orlando Health Community Grant program for more than $21,000 to aid people that have acquired...
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