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, and 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

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
  • Rothschild Appointed to National Physical Therapy Board
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | October 11, 2021
    Carey Rothschild, a faculty member in the Division of Physical Therapy, has been appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Her four-year term will commence Jan. 1,...
  • 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,...
  • UCF DPT National Licensure Exam Performance Continues to Surpass State and National Averages
    Written By: Megan Pabian | January 25, 2021
    The recently released licensure exam  from the UCF DPT Class of 2020 place the cohort’s first-attempt pass rates and mean scores above both the state and national averages.  Based on...
  • New Course Teaches Physical Therapy Students the Science of Pain
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | October 20, 2020
    To better address the growing opioid epidemic and evidence of the important role that physical therapists play in caring for patients with pain, UCF’s physical therapy program developed a new...
  • UCF Division of Physical Therapy Opens Clinic for UCF, Central Florida Community
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | September 8, 2020
    This fall semester, the Division of Physical Therapy opened a physical therapy clinic to serve the UCF and greater Orlando communities. The clinic is located inside the Health Center on...
  • UCF Professors Adjusting to New Class Sizes, Protocols
    Written By: WFTV | August 25, 2020
    The first week of the fall semester at UCF is looking very different for both students and professors because of the coronavirus. UCF professor Amanda Groff, who teaches anthropology, says...
  • Amid COVID-19, DPT Students Charge On! to Clinical Education
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | August 18, 2020
    Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program look forward to the completion of the rigorous academic portion of their studies done in the first year of the program and progressing into the advanced years of training which involve...
  • UCF Physical Therapy Program Ranks Among Top 25% In The Nation 
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | April 30, 2020
    UCF’s doctor of physical therapy program rose 44 spots in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings, ranking No. 57 in the nation. This puts UCF in the top...
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