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Division of Physical Therapy

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Morris Beato, P.T., DPT, GCS, NCS, CEEAA

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

Nicole Dawson, PT, Ph.D., GCS

Assistant 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

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

Associate Professor
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

Laurie Neely, PT, DPT, NCS

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

Patrick Pabian, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS

Associate School Director - School of Kinesiology & Physical Therapy, Division Head & Program Director - Division of Physical therapy
Phone: 407-823-3457
  • 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

Carey Rothschild, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS

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

James Sonne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-4026
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Animal Models
  • Immunohistology
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Growth factors and neuron survival

Matt Stock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-823-0364
  • Aging
  • Motor Unit Control
  • Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Strength Training
  • Fatigue

Jennifer Tucker, PT, DPT, PCS

Clinical Assistant 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 and Recent Grants

A Biodesign Program in Rehabilitation Engineering
Co-PI: Patrick Pabian, P.T., D.P.T., (with PI: Pal, S.)
$213,082,  2018-2023
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (R25)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

UCF and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency
PI: Morris Beato, DPT
$1,500
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Inc.

Impact of the Timing and Sequencing of Physical Therapy on the Overall Healthcare Costs in New York State
Co-PI: William Hanney, D.P.T., Ph.D. (with PI Xinliang “Albert” Liu and Co-PIs Michael Masaracchio [Long Island University] and Latarsha Chisholm)
$280,808, 4/21/2014-4/20/2016
New York Physical Therapy Association

A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services
Co-PIs: Michael Rovito, Ph.D., and William Hanney, Ph.D. (with PI: Xinliang “Albert” Liu and Co-PI Reid Oetjen)
$7,983, 4/1/2015-3/31/2016
Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.