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Division of Physical Therapy

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Faculty Research Interests

Morris Beato

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

Nicole Dawson

Assistant Professor, Co-Director - Innovative Mobility Initiative (IMOVE) Lab
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

Jason Groshong

Lab Manager, Post-Doctoral Associate
Phone: 407-266-7158
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Diabetes and Obesity
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Neurodegeneration

William Hanney

Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-0217
  • Predictive models for physical therapy treatment outcomes
  • Exercise based interventions in treatment of low back pain
  • Exercise based interventions in treatment of neck pain

Patrick Pabian

Program Director/Clinical Associate Professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
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

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: 407-823-1439
  • Predictors of injury in athletic and artistic populations
  • Prevention and treatment of injuries in runners
  • Prevention and treatment of postpartum musculoskeletal conditions
  • Conditions of the female athlete

Gerald Smith

Associate Professor
Phone: 407-882-0094
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neural plasticity

James Sonne

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

Matt Stock

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

Jennifer Tucker

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

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.

A Pilot Application of the Adolescent Males Social Indicators Scales (AMSIS)
PI: Michael Rovito, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

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.