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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 10 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 2 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 34 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.

2019 News

photo  Rehab Sciences  10/18/19

Assistant Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD is the recipient of this year's Dr. Suzanne Kneuper Linder Research Award for Excellence in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. The Dr. Suzanne Kneuper Linder Research Award Fund is a permanent endowment in the School of Health Professions, established in memory of Dr. Suzanne Linder, former Edna Seinsheimer Levin Endowed Professor in Cancer Studies, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation. The awardee is selected by the Director of the Sealy Center on Aging and the Dean of the School of Health Professions.

Congratulations, Dr. Pappadis on this well-deserved award.

photo  Rehab Sciences  09/11/19

Professor Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD has been recognized by the journal Arthritis Care & Research as a top reviewer for outstanding service. She is invited to attend a luncheon at the ACR Annual meeting in November.

photo  Rehab Sciences  08/28/19

Assistant Professor Rachel Deer, PhD is in this month's Research Spotlight for the School of Health Professions at UTMB. Dr. Deer's research focuses on improving healthcare outcomes of older adults with pragmatic and effective interventions. Dr. Deer received postdoctoral training at the Sealy Center on Aging and continues to do research in aging.

Recently, Dr. Deer was involved in a mission critical project related to nutritional optimization of hospitalized adults. The aim of the malnutrition initiative project was to enhance the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of malnutrition at UTMB hospital in Galveston.
Jaspreet Sodhi (8/2015)  Rehab Sciences  07/16/19

Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program student Jaspreet Sodhi defended her dissertation, “Pain, disablement process and frailty among older adults in the united states: findings from the national health and aging trends study,” on July 16, 2019.

Julianna Bores, MS (8/2016)  Rehab Sciences  06/14/19

Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program student Julianna Dean defended her dissertation, “The influence of social capital on successful community discharge after post-acute care among medicare beneficiaries,” on June 14, 2019.

Julianna Bores, MS (8/2016)  Rehab Sciences  06/14/19

Julianna Dean is the current "Student Spotlight" for the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She says, "Pursuing a PhD has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never climbed one of the seven summits, but I’ll place earning a PhD up there with scaling Everest or Kilimanjaro. Determination and fortitude are pre-requisites. Resiliency is checked often. However, any struggle along the way..." Read more at the GSBS website.

photo  Rehab Sciences  06/11/19

Associate Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been selected by the School of Health Professions Dean's Office to attend the 2020 Teaching Professor Annual Conference.

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