Faculty and Staff

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.

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
  • Succeeding Differently: Parents, Experts and a Celebrity Discuss Neurodiversity
    Written By: Paul Kelly | December 12, 2022
    Comedian Howie Mandel, who has ADHD and OCD, won’t forget the moment his diagnosis was publicly shared. “I was on the Howard Stern Show about 20 years ago,” Mandel recalls....
  • YOUR HEALTH: Go Baby Go
    Written By: Milvionne Chery and Roque Correa | October 26, 2022
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Cerebral palsy, down syndrome, or certain birth defects … These are just some of the conditions that may cause limited mobility for kids. They can...
  • Health Headlines: Program offering toy cars for children with mobility issues
    Written By: Rhonda Hardin | October 4, 2022
    Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – Limited mobility can create barriers for children with conditions like cerebral palsy, down syndrome, or other birth defects. While it can isolate them from activities...
  • Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Tucker Honored with APTA Societal Impact Award
    Written By: Paul Kelly | August 25, 2022
    Jennifer Tucker accepts Societal Impact Award from Roger Herr, President of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Jennifer Tucker, a clinical associate professor within the Program of Physical Therapy, is the...
  • UCF Awards 137 Faculty With Promotion and Tenure
    Written By: Allison Hurtado ’12 and Joe Adams | June 2, 2022
    Consideration for promotion and tenure takes nearly an entire academic year as faculty are evaluated on three main areas: research, teaching and service. Eighty-nine UCF faculty received promotions and another 48...
  • UCF Go Baby Go Helps Central Connecticut University with Its First Car Build Event
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | March 16, 2022
    Volunteers from a new Go Baby Go chapter at Central Connecticut University learned how to build cars for children with physical disabilities thanks to volunteers from the UCF chapter of...
  • DPT Faculty, Students, and Alumni to Present at APTA Combined Sections Meeting
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | January 20, 2022
    Students, alumni, and faculty members will represent the Division of Physical Therapy at the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, which will be held February 2 – 5...
  • Nemours Physical Therapists Team Up with UCF Go Baby Go on Car Build
    Written By: Megan Pabian | November 9, 2021
    On Sunday, five physical therapists from Nemours Children’s Health teamed up with UCF Go Baby Go to build two adaptive toy cars for children with mobility impairments. The cars will...
  • Inaugural UCF Assistive Technology Fair Connects Students and Community Members to Resources That Improve Lives
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | October 19, 2021
    The UCF AAC Lab Collaborative, in partnership with the IMOVE Lab, hosted the inaugural UCF Assistive Technology Fair on Oct. 13 at the new CHPS Innovation Center — a convening hub for faculty, staff,...
  • Redesigning Student Success: Five Faculty Receive Funding for Interprofessional Education Project
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | September 13, 2021
    Five academic and clinical faculty members recently received funding through the Digital Learning Course Redesign Initiative to collaborate across disciplines on a project to turn existing graduate courses into new...
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