Faculty and Staff

Patrick Pabian is the Division Chair of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida and Associate Director of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. As Division Chair he administrates the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Residency, Anatomical Sciences Graduate Certificate, and the UCF Physical Therapy faculty practice. His PhD in higher education concentrated on contemporary issues in graduate and professional education, with a special focus on interprofessional education and practice. He is a Fellow of the APTA Education Leadership Institute as well as the National Academies of Practice. He is also recognized as a board certified clinical specialist in both orthopedic physical therapy and sports physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. He possesses an accomplished record of scholarly work which traverses clinical areas of orthopedics and sports medicine, as well as contemporary issues in professional education including interprofessional education, and interdisciplinary patient care. His professional service includes the current position as the Chair of the Florida Board of Physical Therapy, a state-appointed position with the Florida Department of Health which is charged with administration and oversight of licensure of all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state. In addition he is an Editorial Board Member for two journals, active reviewer for numerous national and international journals, and leader in numerous academic interprofessional education, research, and practice activities.

  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Bradley University
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education, University of Central Florida
  • SCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • OCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists
  • CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Graduate Certificate, Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida
  • Fellowship, Education Leadership, Education Leadership Institute of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Fellowship, Distinguished Scholar & Fellow, National Academies of Practice

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine:

  • Post-operative management of orthopedic and sports-related injuries, concussion management

Contemporary Issues in Professional Education:

  • Interprofessional Education, Clinical Education, Academic Administration in Professional Disciplines

Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Patient Care

Areas of Specialty
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional practice
  • Contemporary issues in professional education
  • Strength and function recovery in post-surgical orthopedic interventions
  • Interventions and collaborative care in sports medicine
Research Lab Affiliations
Research Grants
Physical Therapy

A Biodesign Program in Rehabilitation Engineering

  • PI: S. Pal
  • Co-PI: Patrick Pabian
  • Amount: $213,082 | Timeframe: 03/16/2018 - 02/28/2021
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (R25) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
  • PHT 5125: Clincial Kinesiology
  • PHT 6242: Orthopedics
  • PHT 6070: Radiology
  • PHT 7779: Sports Physical Therapy
  • PHT 7919: Doctoral Research
  • Pabian Elected to Board of Directors for American Council of Academic Physical Therapy
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | May 19, 2022
    Patrick Pabian, professor and director for the Division of Physical Therapy, has been elected to the board of directors for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. The term for...
  • Incoming UCF Physical Therapy Student Awarded Doctoral Diversity Fellowship
    Written By: Ryan Greene | March 24, 2022
    Veoletta Dyer, an incoming physical therapy doctoral student, has been awarded the Doctoral Diversity Fellowship by UCF’s College of Graduate Studies. The fellowship is awarded to a student to increase...
  • Pabian Named As Fellow to National Academies of Practice in Physical Therapy
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | March 7, 2022
    Physical therapy Professor Patrick Pabian was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in physical therapy. This  interprofessional organization involving healthcare practitioners and scholars is dedicated...
  • UCF DPT Grads Achieve 100% First-Attempt Pass Rate on National Exam for 3 Years In a Row
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | February 14, 2022
    For the third year in a row, UCF physical therapy graduates have achieved a 100%  pass rate on their first attempt on the National Physical Therapy Examination. That makes UCF...
  • 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...
  • Behind the Masks: Stories from Alumni and Students on the COVID Frontline
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 1, 2021
    Every year, thousands of UCF grads walk off a stage with bulbs flashing and brimming with excitement as they begin the next chapter of their lives.   Thanks to the global...
  • 21 Faculty Members Inducted into UCF Scroll and Quill Society
    Written By: KRISTINE MCCOY AND JOE ADAMS | October 22, 2021
    The honorees represent some of UCF’s best and brightest faculty who have helped elevate the university’s reputation on the national and international stages. The 21 new inductees of UCF’s Scroll...
  • UCF’s Physical Therapy Clinic Offers Service to Community, Opportunities for Students
    Written By: Drexler B. James ’13 | June 22, 2021
    The clinic provides rehabilitation care for injuries and those recovering from surgery, in addition to evaluation services for pain, and prevention services to support health and wellness.
  • DPT Grads Accepted Into Residency Programs
    Written By: UCF DPT | May 10, 2021
    Four new graduates from the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy program were accepted into post-professional physical therapy residency programs. Geisel Moise Hammad Mehta Melinda Geisel ’21 will attend the Nova...
  • New Physical Therapy Student Receives UCF Fellowship Award
    Written By: Drexler James | March 12, 2021
    Camron Bartley, an incoming student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is the newest recipient of the UCF Professional Doctoral Diversity Fellowship.   The fellowship, which was established in 2017,...
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