Faculty members in the Department of Health Professions have a wide range of research expertise in the areas of clinical sciences, health sciences, physical therapy and athletic training. They frequently secure research funding from both government and professional organizations.

Research Interests

Morris Beato, P.T., D.P.T., GCS, NCS,

  • stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Nicole Dawson, P.T., Ph.D., GCS

  • non-pharmacological interventions for older adults
  • predictors of successful and optimal aging
  • risk factors for falls in older adults with cognitive impairment
  • understanding the illness experience for individuals with dementia

William Hanney, DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

  • predictive models for physical therapy treatment outcomes
  • exercise based interventions in treatment of low back pain
  • exercise based interventions in treatment of neck pain

Jennifer Plant, M.S. Ed.

  • role strain of graduate and post-graduate athletic training students
  • scapular dyskinesis in overhead athletes
  • changes in lower extremity biomechanics following chronic ankle sprains
  • perceptions of barriers in the implementation of evidence based practice among athletic training clinical instructors
  • best methods for transitioning young athletic training professionals into a clinical practice environment - both from the professional education side and the employer side

Carey Rothschild, P.T., D.P.T., OCS, SCS, CSCS

  • predictors of injury in athletic and artistic populations
  • prevention and treatment of injuries in runners
  • prevention and treatment of postpartum musculoskeletal conditions
  • conditions of the female athlete

Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D., CHES, FMHI

  • men's health
  • health behavior sciences
  • health communication
  • Public Health
  • health education

Suha Saleh, Ph.D., M.T.

  • health education
  • college student health
  • eye pathology and visual disorders
  • diabetes

Kristen Couper Schellhase, Ed.D., MEd, BS

  • Organization & Administration in Athletic Training
  • AT Knowledge of Therapeutic Modalities
  • AT Education

Gerald Smith, P.T., Ph.D.

  • neural plasticity
  • stroke rehabilitation

James Sonne, Ph.D.

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Animal Models
  • Immunohistology
  • Early Detection and Prevention
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Growth factors and neuron survival

Adrian Specogna, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Kin. (hons)

  • research methods
  • chronic disease epidemiology
  • applied research methods

Matt Stock, Ph.D.

  • aging
  • Motor Unit Control
  • Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Strength Training
  • Fatigue

Jennifer Tucker, D.P.T., PCS

  • physical activity in children
  • physical activity in children with special needs/chronic disease
  • effective parent education
  • service delivery models for pediatric physical therapy

Brittny A. Wells, Dr.PH., M.Ed., B.A., CHES

  • Women's health
  • Health disparities
  • Work-related health outcomes
  • Social determinants of health

L. Timothy Worrell, B.S., M.P.H., RRT

  • history of cardiology
  • hemodynamic monitoring of the critically ill patient
  • invasive cardiovascular diagnostic techniques
  • non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic techniques

Current/Recent Grants

UCF and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency
PI: Morris Beato, DPT
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Inc.

A Pilot Application of the Adolescent Males Social Indicators Scales (AMSIS)
PI: Michael Rovito, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

Impact of the Timing and Sequencing of Physical Therapy on the Overall Healthcare Costs in New York State
Co-PI: William Hanney, D.P.T., Ph.D. (with PI Xinliang “Albert” Liu and Co-PIs Michael Masaracchio [Long Island University] and Latarsha Chisholm)
$280,808, 4/21/2014-4/20/2016
New York Physical Therapy Association

A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services
Co-PIs: Michael Rovito, Ph.D., and William Hanney, Ph.D. (with PI: Xinliang “Albert” Liu and Co-PI Reid Oetjen)
$7,983, 4/1/2015-3/31/2016
Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.

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