Faculty and Staff

Matt S. Stock is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida. Stock serves as Director of the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science, as well as the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma under the careful mentorship of Professor Travis Beck. Stock’s research interests involve understanding the neuromuscular adaptations associated with aging, sarcopenia, resistance training, and disuse. Studies in his laboratory utilize electromyography, motor unit recordings, transcranial magnetic stimulation, twitch interpolation, B-mode ultrasonography, and muscle strength assessments. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts in respected journals such as the Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Experimental Gerontology, and Muscle & Nerve. Stock is an active member of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), while serving as an Editor of Experimental Gerontology and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He has served in leadership roles for several organizations, including serving as President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation. Prioritizing a team approach over individual success, Stock has won awards for his teaching and mentorship. He enjoys spending time in the laboratory while working with students on their research projects.

  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Florida Atlantic University
  • MS, Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
Areas of Specialty
  • Strength Training
  • Aging
  • Muscle Disuse
Research Lab Affiliations
  • PHT 6156: Applied Human Physiology for Health Sciences
  • PHT 6606: Research Methods in Physical Therapy
  • PHT 6618: Research Applications in Physical Therapy
  • Three Faculty Members Receive Research Incentive Award
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | April 14, 2021
    Congratulations to the three CHPS faculty members who received the 2021 UCF Research Incentive Award. This year’s winners from the College of Health Professions and Sciences are: Jacqueline Towson, from...
  • 2021 Founders’ Day Honorees
    Written By: ALLISON HURTADO ’12 | April 7, 2021
    The annual recognition celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students.
  • Congratulations to our 2021 Founders’ Day Winners
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | April 7, 2021
    Congratulations to our faculty members and student who have been recognized for this year’s University of Central Florida’s Founders’ Day Awards. This year’s winners are examples of the best of...
  • UCF’s Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science hosts inaugural conference
    Written By: NSM Today | March 29, 2021
    The UCF Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science hosted its inaugural conference on Zoom on Friday. The conference included eight speakers, one of them being leading researcher at NASA,...
  • Director Appointed to UCF Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science
    Written By: Megan Pabian | January 7, 2021
    Matt S. Stock, an associate professor of physical therapy, has been named as the director of the UCF Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science. The institute is the research...
  • Graduate Kinesiology Student Gets Strength from Law Scholarship
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 5, 2020
    Maxine Furtado is the first recipient of the Jeffrey D. Law Memorial Scholarship for students in the kinesiology M.S. program. Recently, she was able to meet the donors of the...
  • Think Big Muscles are the Key to Better Movement in Older Adults? Not so Fast!
    Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | November 5, 2019
    Slowing down may not just be an aging thing. Quite literally, walking slower could be an indicator of health problems in your golden years, even more than muscle mass. That’s...
  • New Kinesiology Scholarship Honors Strength and Conditioning Coach
    Written By: CAMILLE DOLAN ‘98 | September 16, 2019
    Who was Jeffrey D. Law? With his right hand extended, the stranger with a dimpled smile would frequently introduce himself with the following salutation: “Jeffrey D. Law – the D...
  • Stock Named Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association
    Written By: Karen Guin | April 23, 2018
    Assistant Professor Matt Stock of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been selected a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The prestigious recognition is bestowed to members who have an exemplary...
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