Faculty Research

Division of Physical Therapy

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Abigail Anderson, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
  • Quantitative Sensory Testing
  • Mechanisms of Rehabilitation Interventions for Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Treatment Stratification by Underlying Mechanism
  • Pain Phenotypes

Morris Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-1864
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Meredith Chaput, Ph.D., PT, DPT, SCS

Assistant Professor
  • Neuroplasticity from musculoskeletal injury
  • Visual-cognition and attention
  • Sport performance

Nicole Dawson, PT, Ph.D., GCS-Emeritus

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-1863
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for older adults
  • Predictors of successful and optimal aging
  • Risk factors for falls in older adults with cognitive impairment
  • Understanding the illness experience for individuals with dementia

Jacqueline Flores-Otero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anatomy
Phone: 407-823-0812
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Auditory and Visual Sensory systems
  • Neuro-Oncology Research (Ocular Cancer and Perineural Invasion in Prostate Cancer)
  • Endocannabinoids as Therapeutic Agents for Cancer

William Hanney, PT, DPT, ATC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Division Chair
Phone: 407-823-0217
  • Treatment Outcomes for patients with low back and neck pain
  • The influence of manual/manipulative therapy
  • Standardization of physical therapy interventions
  • Physical therapy practice patterns

Sheila Klausner, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Practice
Phone: 407-823-0377
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy
  • Post-surgical Management of Orthopedic Injuries
  • Optimal Performance in Athletic Care

Laurie Neely, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Patient Care
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Education Outcomes
  • Management of Medically Complex Patients

Randi Richardson, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Practice
Phone: 407-823-0377
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Physical Therapy

Carey Rothschild, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-1439
  • Conditions of the female athlete
  • Management of running-related injury
  • Pain science and education

Matt Stock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Phone: 407-823-0364
  • Strength Training
  • Aging
  • Muscle Disuse

Jennifer Tucker, PT, DPT, PCS

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-3461
  • Physical activity in children
  • Physical activity in children with special needs/chronic disease
  • Effective parent education
  • Service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy

Current Grants

Physical Therapy

Biopsychosocial Contributors to Irritability in Individuals with Shoulder Pain

  • PI: Abigail Anderson
  • Amount: $40,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2025
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    RF: The acute effects of blood flow restricted and standard of care resistance exercise on neural, muscle, and perceptual responses among individuals living with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis

  • PI: Ethan Hill
  • Amount: $14,820 | Timeframe: 12/07/2022 - 10/31/2024
    Funding Type: Foundation/Industry
    Funding Agency: Suji's BFR Technology
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    Optimizing a technology-based body and mind intervention to prevent falls and reduce health disparities in low-income populations

  • PI: Ladda Thiamwong - College of Nursing
  • Co-PI: Jeffrey Stout
  • Amount: $2,861,400 | Timeframe: 09/26/2022 - 06/30/2026
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
    KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

    Optimizing Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Using Strength Training Rehabilitation Incorporating Power Exercises (STRIPE)

  • PI: L. Colby Mangum
  • Amount: $239,959 | Timeframe: 07/01/2022 - 06/30/2026
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: University of Connecticut
    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)

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