Rehabilitation Science (Ph.D.)

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Degree Offered:

Ph.D.

Directors:

Dr. David Brown

Phone:

(205) 934-3566

E-mail:

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Web site:

http://www.uab.edu/shp/pt/rsphd

Faculty

C. Scott Bickel, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Skeletal Muscle Function, Electrotherapeutics

David Brown, Professor (Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy) and Program Director PhD in Rehabilitation Science; Motor Control, Movement and Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular Control of Locomotion, Rehabilitation Robotics

Jennifer Braswell Christy, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Pediatrics, Vestibular Dysfunction

Stephanie DeLuca, Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy); Research and Development of New and Efficacious Treatment Techniques for Children with Neuromotor Disorders

Cali Fidopiastis, Assistant Professor (Physical Therapy); Virtual Rehabilitation, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Tests and Measurements

Kathleen Foley, Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy); Physical Dysfunction, Gerontology, Pathophysiology

Matthew Ford, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Motor Control Dysfunction

Cecilia Graham, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Education, Acute Care

John Lowman, Assistant Professor (Physical Therapy); Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

Laurie Malone, Assistant Professor (School of Health Professions Dean’s Office) and Director of Research and Education at Lakeshore Foundation

John McCarthy, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Exercise Physiology

David Morris, Associate Professor (Physical Therapy); Aquatic Physical Therapy

James Rimmer, Professor (School of Health Professions Dean’s Office) and Director of the Lakeshore Foundation/UAB Research Collaborative, Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences   

Mary Warren, Associate Professor, Program Director Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, and Co-Director UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy); Low Vision Rehabilitation, Health Literacy

Laura Vogtle, Professor (Occupational Therapy); Pediatrics, Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Outcomes Research

Hon Yeun, Professor and Director of Research (Occupational Therapy)

Program Information

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by The Department of Occupational Therapy and The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions.  This exciting program is designed to prepare graduates to become*:

  • Academicians, scholars, scientists and researchers in education, health care, industry, and government institutions.
  • Consultants to individuals, communities, and governments.

The goal of the Program is to prepare graduates to have the following skills:

  • Design and implement research studies that will contribute to the knowledge base of rehabilitation science.
  • Design and deliver educational courses related to rehabilitation.
  • Translate innovative rehabilitation research findings into practice so as to advance the field of rehabilitation science.

*The aim of this program is to prepare candidates to become leaders in teaching and research within the field of Rehabilitation Science.  However, this is not a clinical training program.  Applicants planning to become occupational therapists or physical therapists should visit the following websites to pursue training in these two professions: www.uab.edu/ot  or www.uab.edu/pt.

Application Procedure

  • Complete and submit the online application and required essay through the Apply Yourself system. 
  • Submit three strong evaluation references, with at least one from a research lab mentor and one from an academic source.  Please ask the individuals from whom you request references to submit them online via the Apply Yourself system. Electronic submission is the preferred method.  However, if your referees prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to:

    Elaine Satterfield
    UAB Department of Occupational Therapy
    SHPB 351
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294

  • Submit application fee payment through the Apply Yourself system.

    Domestic: Application fee waived
    International: $60.00

  • Request one (1) official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts are to be mailed by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School:

    UAB Graduate School
    G03 LHL; 1700 University Blvd.
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

  • Submit official GRE test score to the UAB Graduate School.

    Institution code: 1856

  • Submit official TOEFL test score to the UAB Graduate School (for international applicants only).

    Institution code: 1856

  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support (for international applicants only) to:

    UAB Graduate School
    G03 LHL; 1700 University Blvd.
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

The deadline for completed applications to be considered for admission Fall Semester is June 1.  If you have any questions, please contact David Brown, PT, PhD, Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Course Descriptions

RHB 780 Topics in Rehabilitation Science I
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of neural control, biomechanics, motor learning, and motor development and how purposeful and functional body movements are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 781 Principles of Rehabilitation Science II              
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of cardiac and pulmonary physiology, exercise physiology, and health behaviors and how important activities are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 782 Principles of Rehabilitation Science III               
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of occupation science and how work and play activities are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 783 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science I                   
3 credit hours
A detailed overview of research design and methodologies used in rehabilitation science, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

RHB 784 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science II 
3 credit hours
A continuation of RHB 783.  A detailed overview of research design and methodologies used in rehabilitation science, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

RHB 789 Rehabilitation Science Seminar
2 credit hours
Varied discussion of rehabilitation science topics to help students explore research questions in preparation for their dissertation.

RHB 790 Rehabilitation Science Research Project
1 credit hour
Research experience where the student rotates through a variety of research areas related to Rehabilitation Science.

RHB 791 Rehabilitation Science Clinical Project
1 credit hour
Working with clinicians in a variety of clinical settings, the student develops a project to help solve a Rehabilitation Science-related problem

RHB 798 Non-Thesis Research
3 credit hours: minimum of 9-variable
Development of research proposal

RHB 799 Thesis Research
3 credit hours: minimum of 9-variable
Post-proposal meeting research