Faculty and Staff

Laurie Neely PT, DPT, NCS is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2007. Dr. Neely is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has over 10 years of clinical experience in the acute care setting. She is currently a member of the nominating committee for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education’s Clinical Education Special Interest Group and was recently inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She is active in campus wide interprofessional activities and community service and has served as a faculty mentor for global interprofessional experiences. Dr. Neely has presented at numerous state and national conferences on interprofessional education and clinical education. She is passionate about clinical education and facilitating student success in the clinical setting.


  • BA, Bachelor of Arts, Marketing, University of Mississippi
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Old Dominion University
  • NCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Areas of Specialty
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Patient Care
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Education Outcomes
  • Management of Medically Complex Patients

Research Grants

Physical TherapySocial Work

Developing a Resilient Health Care Work Force: A UCF Model for Academic Health Science Centers

  • PI: Magdalena Pasarica - College of Medicine
  • Co-PI: Laurie Neely
  • Co-PI: Patrick Pabian
  • Co-PI: Asli Cennet Yalim
  • Amount: $1,496,127 | Timeframe: 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2024
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • UCF Physical Therapy Faculty Inducted as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice

    Written By: | 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Researchers in the College of Health Professions and Sciences Use the Pandemic as an Opportunity to Expand Collaborations and Impact

    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | May 21, 2021
    A little more than a year ago, faculty and students in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who were working on research projects had to pivot when COVID-19 derailed their plans. CHPS researchers regrouped and forged ahead with their projects by finding new ways to use the...
  • UCF and Orlando Health Residency Faculty Shine at APTA Combined Sections Meeting

    Written By: Rick Casano Beato | March 6, 2020
    The UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency faculty were busy at this year’s Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association held at the Colorado Convention Center from March...
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