Faculty and Staff

Morris “Rick” Casano Beato is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. He is the Director of the UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Perpetual Help and his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. He is a Board Certified Specialist in both Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy. Beato is the immediate past Chair of the Geriatric Specialty Council and is a current member of the Neurologic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and is trained in Neuro Integrated Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation treatment for stroke and brain injury as well as LSVT BIG and PWR! for Parkinson’s disease. Beato is a recipient of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Outstanding Service Award. He is the current Chair of the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Neurologic Special Interest Group. He has been published in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy in Sport.


  • BSPT, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Perpetual Help
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist, University of Perpetual Help
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota
  • GCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • NCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • CEEAA, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Falls in Older Adults and Stroke Survivors

Rehabilitation of Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Vestibular Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Neuromotor Interventions in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Education in Post Professional Residency Programs and Physical Therapy Board Specialties

Areas of Specialty
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Research Grants

Physical Therapy

UCF and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency

  • PI: Morris Beato
  • Amount: $1,500 | Timeframe: 06/01/2017 - 07/31/2018
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Inc.
  • PHT 7764 C: Advance Neurologic Treatment

  • PHT 7999: Physical Therapy Residency

  • PHT 7772 C: Advance Neurologic Physical Therapy 2

  • PHT 5240 L: Physical Assessment Laboratory

  • PHT 6719 L: Advance Neurologic Physical Therapy 1 Laboratory

  • PHT 5718 L: Neurologic Physical Therapy Lab

  • PHT 7722 C: Clinical Integrations 1

  • PHT 6720: Integumentary Physical Therapy and Professionalism

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