MentorsLead Mentors and their Research Areas University of Florida RRCD Mentors B. Byrne, MD, PhD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Director, Powell Gene Therapy Center, UF Biostatistics, clinical trial methodology in atherosclerosis, OT, & PT rehabilitation J. Daly, PhD, Professor, Neurology, VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, UF Cognitive and motor learning, stroke, neurorehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury D. Devine, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology & Neurosciences, UF Physiological and behavioral consequences of acute/chronic stress exposure; neurobiological basis of self-injurious behavior D. Fuller, PhD, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, UF Respiratory motor recovery, spinal plasicity, spinal cord injury D. Martin, PhD, PT, Professor, Physical Therapy, UF Respiratory physiology and function, ventilator dependence G. Mitchell, PhD, Professor and Center Director, Center of Respiratory Research for Rehabilitation, UF Functional assessment and outcomes in medical rehabilitation M. Pahor, MD, Professor and Chair, Aging & Geriatric Research; Director, Institute on Aging, UF Aging, physical exercise, sarcopenia and prevention of disability C. Patten, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, UF Motor dysfunction, stroke, rehabilitation interventions M. Perri, PhD, Professor & Associate Dean, Clinical & Health Psychology, UF Obesity, physical exercise, behavioral therapy, underserved populations P. Reier, PhD, Mark F. Overstreet Professor & Eminent Scholar, Neuroscience, UF Neural plasticity and pulmonary respiration in spinal cord injury M. Robinson, PhD, Professor, Clinical and Health Psychology; Director, Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health, UF Management of pain, experimental pain and psychophysics, rehabilitation, psychophysiology F. Thompson, PhD, Physiological Science, UF Pathophysiology of spasticity following nervous system injury K. Vandenborne, PhD, PT, Professor & Chair, Physical Therapy, UF Pathophysiology of muscle degeneration /regeneration, evaluation of skeletal muscle G. Walter, PhD, Physiology & Functional Genomics, UF Pathophysiology of muscle damage and the development of novel molecular and cellular imaging techniques University of Southern California RRCD Mentors S. Azen, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine-Biostatistics, USC Biostatistics, clinical trial methodology in atherosclerosis, OT, & PT rehabilitation S. Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, USC Developmental disorders, cognitive-perceptual problems in adults with stroke F. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, USC Healthy aging and the secondary conditions that impede the flourishing of people with disabilities in their real life circumstances M. Goran, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine (Physiology & Biophysics / Pediatrics), USC Diabetes, childhood obesity, minority health J. Gordon, EdD, PT, FAPTA, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC Neural control of reaching movements in healthy adults and patients with stroke and other neurological disorders. J. Hay, PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, USC Health economics M. Jakowec, PhD, Neorology, USC Molecular mechanisms involved in neuroplasticity in the injured brain with the emphasis on the basal ganglia, a region of the brain responsible for motor behavior G. Loeb, MD, Medical Device Development Facility, USC Using electrophysiological interfaces between the nervous system and electronic equipment in order to understand natural functions M. Mataric, PhD, Computer Science, USC Human behavior and cognition through human-machine interaction and developing robotic systems capable of providing personalized assistance in convalescence, rehabilitation, skill training, and education C. Powers, PhD, PT, FAPTA, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC How altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury G. Salem, PhD, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC The growing importance of exercise in improving health and life-quality across the lifespan T. Sanger, MD, PhD, Pediatric Movement Disorders Center, USC Biomedical Engineering, Pediatric Neurology, and Biokinesiology F. Sattler, MD, Medicine, USC Pathophysiology and management of HIV associated weight loss, changes in body fat and metabolic complications N. Schweighofer, PhD, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC Computational neural models of motor learning and optimization of learning via adaptive practice schedules in healthy and stroke F. Valero-Cuevas, PhD, Brain-Body Dynamics Lab, USC Brain-body dynamics C. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, USC Motor control and learning with particular emphasis on movement disorders, recovery, and rehabilitation of function/motor learning after neurological insult University of Texas Medical Branch RRCD Mentors J. Goodwin, MD, Professor & Director, Sealy Center on Aging, UTMB Aging, health services delivery and access, cancer in older adults J. Graham, PhD, DC, Rehabilitation Sciences, UTMB Rehabilitation outcomes, functional assessment, health disparities Z. Gugala, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgery, UTMB Wounds and injuries, prevention of infection, rehabilitation K. Markides, PhD, Professor, Population Health Science, UTMB Hispanic aging and minority health D. Paddon-Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy, UTMB Muscle metabolism, protein synthesis E. Protas, PhD, PT, Professor, Physical Therapy; Dean, School of Health Professions, UTMB Geriatrics, rehabilitation of adults with stroke, Parkinson's disease B. Rasmussen, PhD, Professor, Physical Therapy, UTMB Muscle metabolism, protein synthesis, human nutrition and exercise M. Sheffield-Moore, PhD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine/Endocrinology, UTMB Hormone replacement, muscle metabolism O. Suman, PhD, Surgery, UTMB Cardiopulmonary physiology; exercise physiology and burns E. Volpi, MD, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, UTMB Muscle metabolism, protein synthesis, sarcopenia R. Wong, PhD, Preventive Medicine, UTMB Economic consequences of population aging, in particular in Mexico and among immigrant Hispanics in the U.S. Please NoteWe are not accepting applications for scholar positions at this time. The RRCD program is in its final year of funding and our renewal is under review. Please check back in April/May, 2017.