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The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.

Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.

Facts & Figures

There are 8 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 4 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 33 PhD degrees have been conferred and 39 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.

Call for Applications: Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR)
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The CLDR's pilot studies program is designed to offer practical experience in managing, analyzing, and interpreting findings using large data analytics and secondary data analysis. View current and completed pilot projects.

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Traditional Large Data Pilot Awards (Category 1) - LOI DUE FEB 1



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Rehabilitation Sciences Assistant Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been named an Elite Reviewer for Archives of PM&R Journal for 2017.

Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of reviews for the Archives in 2017 as judged by the editors. Selection reflects critical thinking and effective participation in the process of peer review. After examining the performance of reviewers, approximately 3 percent of reviewers (97 people out of 2,985 reviewers who submitted 1,730 reviews in 2017) were judged to be deserving of this recognition.
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Rehabilitation Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Annalisa Na, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS is a recipient of a Fellowship for Geriatric Research for 2018 from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. This program seeks to recognize outstanding new investigators committed to geriatric physical therapy, and support them in pursuing research in geriatric physical therapy.
photo of Dr. Reistetter Rehab Sciences 12/13/17
Tim Reistetter, PhD, OTR, FAOTA has been appointed the Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging. Dr. Reistetter is a research investigator in the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition and other programs related to aging at UTMB.
photo of 2017 award recipient  Rehab Sciences  12/14/17

The Award for Scholarship Excellence was presented to James Graham, PhD, DC for his awards, honors and achievements since joining the School of Health Professions in 2006. This award is presented to the SHP's faculty member who demonstrates scholarship through evidence of creative contributions to knowledge in his or her field.

 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 12/19/2017

Congratulations to the following Division of Rehabilitation Sciences GSBS scholarship recipients:

  • Jason Bentley, Emily E. Dupree Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Science and The Charles F. Otis Clinical Research Award
  • Juliana Bores, Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship
  • Catherine Hay, Peyton and Lydia Schapper Endowed Scholarship Fund
    and the Sameul N. Kolmen, PhD and Barbara Kass Kolmen, MD, Travel Scholarship
  • Ioannis Malagaris, University of Texas Medical Branch Retirees Association Scholarship Fund
  • Efi Polychronopoulou, Eleanor Dupree Otis Biostatistics Award
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