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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 13 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. To date, 37 PhD degrees have been conferred and 49 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.

New Department of Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences

Sep 8, 2021, 11:50 AM by Rehab Sci

As of September 1, 2021, the Department of Nutrition & Metabolism merged with the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences to form the “Department of Nutrition, Metabolism & Rehabilitation Sciences”. The new department has 12 full-time faculty members, an administrative manager, and two administrative staff with Dr. Blake Rasmussen serving as Department Chair. The education mission for the department includes support for three academic programs: 1) Master of Science in Nutrition & Metabolism combined with a Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) with Blair Brown as Program Director; 2) Master of Science in Health Professions with Frank Ward as Program Director, and 3) PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with Soham Al Snih as Program Director. The research mission of the department is a strength and currently includes funding from eight National Institutes of Health grants totaling $4.6 million dollars for the current fiscal year. Faculty are Soham Al Snih, Blair Brown, Rachel Deer, Crystal Douglas, Brian Downer, Mi Jung Lee, Elizabeth Lyons, Christopher Messenger, Monique Pappadis, Blake Rasmussen, Carole Tucker, and Frank Ward. Current administrative staff include Colleen Casey and Vivian Coughlin.

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