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About Us

The interdisciplinary Division of Rehabilitation Sciences was established in 2001 in the School of Health Professions to develop and support an infrastructure for research and graduate education programs in rehabilitation sciences.

The Division manages a PhD program and postdoctoral training in in Rehabilitation Sciences, the Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) program for junior faculty, the Center for Large Data Research (CLDR) and the the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN).

Goals & Vision

Our vision is to create an environment of interdisciplinary research, education and scholarship that is recognized internationally for its' scientific quality and significance. The goals of the Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division are to:

  • Support and encourage graduate education and research training programs to produce, promote and conduct interdisciplinary research that examines methods of prevention, intervention, and recovery associated with disabilities and chronic disease that limit a person's ability to engage in meaningful personal, community, recreational, and vocational activities;
  • Facilitate faculty development and opportunities for collaborative scholarship in rehabilitation and disability;
  • Establish support services that encourage rehabilitation research and scholarship designed to improve rehabilitation and disability outcomes.
Rehabilitation Sciences Research


  • 87% of students & fellows are supported solely or in part by research and training grants.
  • Core faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows have co-authored more than 700 peer-reviewed articles.
  • External funding for core faculty as PI totaled nearly $8.9 million in 2015-2016.
  • Our Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program ranked among the top 10 PhD programs in the nation in 2008 among kinesiology, exercise science, and rehabilitation science (by the Chronicle of Higher Education).
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