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 2 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 33 PhD degrees have been conferred and 41 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.

2018 News

KarmarkarAmol  Rehab Sciences  10/08/18

Amol Karmarkar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded the Fannie Kempner Adoue Distinguished Professsorship in Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr. Karmarkar!
speaker photo at ACRM conference  Rehab Sciences  10/03/18

Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR presents in a symposium during the annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine meeting.

Several members of the Division attended and presented, including:

  • Julianna Bores received Best Early Career Poster for "Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke."
  • Jason Johnson presented, “Frailty as a Predictor of Life-Space Mobility among Community Dwelling Older Mexican Americans,” as a part of the CLDR-sponsored Travel Award.
  • Jaspreet Sodhi presented, “Association between Pain and Frailty over Time among Older Mexican Americans,” as well as presented a poster.
The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) sponsored a number of ACRM 2018 events:
  • Advancing Knowledge on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia through Health Services Research
  • Demonstrating the Value of Rehabilitation in the Era of Value Based Care Using Medicare Data
  • SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Post-Acute Health Services Research: Many Challenges, Many More Opportunities
  • SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Big Data in Stroke: Current Applications and Future Possibilities
  • CLDR-Sponsored Young Investigators Panel: Large data analysis of stroke lesion effects on subcortical volumes
  • IC23: How to Find and Access Secondary Data for Your Research

Julianna Bores, MS (8/2016)  Rehab Sciences  10/02/18

Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program student Juliana Bores for receiving the Best Early Career Poster in Geriatric Rehabilitation by the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group. She present ed her poster, "Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke," on October 2nd during the annual ACRM meeting.

Jaspreet Sodhi (8/2015)  Rehab Sciences  08/28/18

Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral student Jaspreet Sodhi has been awarded a 2018 President's Cabinet Award receiving funding for a project entitled, "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: The St. Vincent's/Luke Society Preventive Dental Health Clinic Collaborative."

Ms. Sodhi partnered with Anthony Nguyen, School of Medicine Student, Jay Truitt, MD, PhD, PharmD and Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C, DFAAPA, Physician Assistant Studies at UTMB.

photo of group of peopleThe group's $50,000 award will help them achieve their goal to create a new preventive dental health clinic at St. Vincent's House in Galveston, in partnership with The Luke Society for indigent, uninsured, and underinsured individuals. The new clinic will provide no-cost services to help prevent new tooth/oral infections, reduce dental decay, decrease the need for antibiotic usage, and improve systemic health. The funding, which will run through August 2020 will allow a triple focus to be placed on access to dental care (including oral hygiene education), antibiotic stewardship, and interprofessional training/education.

photo-left  Rehab Sciences  08/23/18
The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences sponsored a special guest lecture on August 23, 2018. Patricia Heyn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, presented, "Promoting Healthspan for Persons with Complex and Chronic Health Conditions with Sustainable Wellness Approaches: From Evidence to Action."
Ioannis Malagaris, MSc (8/2014)  Rehab Sciences  08/15/18

Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral student Ioannis Malagaris, MSc has been selected as a Jeane B. Kempner Scholar for 2018-2019. His application is titled, "Protein intake in burn injury. Methodology development in stable isotope studies." Congratulations to Ioannis on this prestigious fellowship.

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