Jennifer Tucker is a Clinical Assistant 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.
- 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
CSD Professor, UCF Go Baby Go! are the Driving Forces Behind GBG Chapter in Belgium
Martine Vanryckeghem, a Pegasus Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has teamed up with her colleague in Physical Therapy, Jennifer Tucker, to start a Go Baby Go! chapter in Belgium to help increase mobility...
Everyday Hero: Teen helps give children mobility, one car at a time
Certain conditions make it nearly impossible for some kids to move on their own. But one Spectrum News 13 Everyday Hero is using what he knows to help a program...
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UCF program Go Baby Go helps special-needs children get mobile
For the first time, the University of Central Florida challenged engineering students to get creative, forming teams to craft a new device — a modified ride-on vehicle — for a child with...
Movement Matters: Go Baby Go! and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are Partnering to Provide Low-Cost Mobility Solutions for Children with Disabilities
Nearly six years ago, Ava Brown drove her first UCF Go Baby Go! car, and she is still racking up miles. These days, however, she is walking — something her...
Go Baby Go! Partners with Engineering and Computer Science Seniors to Enhance Toy Cars as Mobility Devices
Four teams of seniors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science will help drive innovation by working with UCF Go Baby Go! to enhance the technology used in its adaptive ride-on toy cars. The students included representatives from all...
UCF Go Baby Go! Builds New Partnership with St. Joseph Children’s Hospital
UCF Go Baby Go! builds more than innovative motorized cars that increase mobility in children, it also builds community by bringing children of all mobility levels together. Through a new...
Tracking Progress: High-School Student Brings Technology to Go Baby Go!
At 15, Will Johnson is not quite old enough to drive one of the high-performance cars serviced by his father’s company, JMS Chip. However, he and his father, Christopher Johnson,...
Harnessing Power: UCF’s Aphasia House and Knights on the Go Café is helping people like Larry Lentz Jr. improve their mobility, language and social skills.
Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they wear harnesses. When Larry Lentz Jr. wears his harness in the Knights on the Go Café, he glides from cash register to refrigerator, serving...
Go Baby Go Chapters Set Goal of 30,000 Assistive Toy Cars Per Year
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...