Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) Program

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Alison Barnard, DPT, PhDScholar Bio

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Florida

Research Areas

Noninvasive assessment of muscle structure and function in muscle disorders



Lead Mentor

G. Walter, PhD


  • 2018 University of Florida PhD
  • 2012 University of Alabama DPT
  • 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA

Current Research Funding

NIH/NICHD K12 HD055929, PI K. Ottenbacher 2020 - Present: Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program K12 Scholar

University of Florida CTSI Pilot Award, PI Barnard, 7/1/2021 - 12/31/2022, Skeletal and Cardiac Muscle Health in Female Manifesting Carriers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Investigator Award, PI Barnard, 10/1/2021 - 4/30/2023, Skeletal and cardiac muscle health in female manifesting carriers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy: participant travel supplement

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Investigator Award, Co-PI, 10/1/2021 - 11/30/2023, Duchenne Protein Mapping Project

 Foundation for Physical Therapy Research: Pediatric Research Grant, PI Barnard, 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023, Contracture Pathophysiology in Muscular Dystrophy

Recent Publications

Nair KS; Forbes SC; Senesac CR; Willcocks RJ; Barnard AM; Daniels MJ; Harrington AT; Zilke K; Tennekoon GI; Finanger EL; Rooney WD; Walter GA; Vandenborne K. Step activity monitoring in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and its correlation with magnetic resonance measures and functional performance. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2022;9(3):423-436.

Batra A; Barnard AM; Lott DJ; Willcocks RW; Forbes SC; Chakraborty S; Daniels MJ; Arbogast J; Triplett WT; Henricson E; Dayan Y; Schmalfuss C; Sweeney HL; Byrne BJ; McDonald CM; Vandenborne K; Walter GA. The natural history of cardiac disease progression in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy population as measured by magnetic resonance imaging. (In Press - BMC Cardiovascular Disorders)

Barnard AM, Hammers DW, Triplett WT, Kim S, Forbes SC, Willcocks RJ, Daniels MJ, Senesac CR, Lott DJ, Arpan I, Rooney WD, Wang R, Nelson S, Sweeney HL, Vandenborne K, Walter GA. Evaluating Therapeutic and Genetic Modifiers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Disease Progression in the ImagingDMD Cohort. (In revision - Neurology)

Willcocks RJ*, Barnard AM*, Wortman RA, Senesac CR, Lott DJ, Harrington A, Zilke K, Forbes SC, Rooney WD, Wang DJ, Finanger EL, Tennekoon GI, Daniels MJ, Triplett WT, Walter GA, Vandenborne K. Development of contractures in DMD in relation to MRI-determined muscle quality and ambulatory function. J of Neuromuscul Dis. 2022;9(2):289-302. (PMID:35124659) *Indicates co-first authorship

Barnard AM; Lott DJ; Batra A; Triplett WT; Willcocks RJ; Forbes SC; Rooney WD; Daniels MJ; Smith BK; Vandenborne K; Walter GA. Characterizing Expiratory Respiratory Muscle Degeneration in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Chest. 2022 Mar;161(3)753-763. (PMID: 34536384)