- University of Iowa Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is to advance the health of humankind by excellence in education, discovering new knowledge, and developing leaders in healthcare and science. The PhD program supports this mission through training of future professors and researchers in rehabilitation science. The program emphasizes, through coursework and participation in research, the development of an individual’s expertise as a researcher in Rehabilitation Science.
Augusta University - Applied Health Sciences
Boston University - PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program
Activity, Participation & Environment
Intervention, Processes & Outcomes
Human Movement & Adaptation
Columbia University - Myriad Test
Duquesne University - Rehabilitation Science
Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedics, Outcomes, Musculoskeletal
Emory University - Dual Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/PhD Degree Program between Emory University School of Medicine & Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Physiology
Neural Plasticity, Neuromechanics, Motor Control and Biomechanics.
Georgia State University - Dual Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/PhD Degree Program between Department of Physical Therapy & Department of Kinesiology
Orthopedics, Biomechanics, Pediatrics, Motor Control, Neuroplasticity, Skeletal Muscle Biology
Marquette University - Exercise and Rehabilitation Science
rehabilitation science, neuromuscular control of movement in health and disease (i.e. stroke, MS, sport injury), sensory perception and pain, biomechanics, exercise for special populations, the aging neuromuscular system, obesity and weight management
Medical University of South Carolina - PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science
The three tracks of our program are Pathology and Impairment, Functional Limitations, and Health Services
New York University - Pathokinesiology
Biomechanics, Motor Control, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neurorehabilitation
Northeastern University - Personal Health Informatics
Mobile health and applications, data safety and implications, social networking systems connecting families and their medical support networks
Northeastern University - Myriad PhD Sample 100
Northwestern University - DPT/PhD (Eng) Dual Degree Program
Movement and Rehabilitation Science (MRS) research focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in movement disorders and developing alternative therapies and devices to address these impairments.
Northwestern University - PhD in Neuroscience with specialization in Movement and Rehabilitation Science (MRS)
This program combines a solid training in fundamental neurobiology with training in basic quantitative methods for the development of the scientific knowledge base required for the construction of more effective rehabilitation interventions.
Ohio University - Translational Biomedical Sciences
Old Dominion University - Kinesiology & Rehabilitation
Rhythmic Movements, Gait and Balance, Biomechanics, Concussion Prevention, Effect of Aging on Motor Function
Stony Brook University - Health and Rehabilitation Science in the School of Health Technology and Management
Translational research program consisting of an interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations in Disability Studies, Behavioral and Community Health, and Rehabilitation and Movement Science. Students conduct research in areas such as basic science, applied research, clinical research, community-based participatory research, educational science, policy and public health/epidemiology.
Temple University - Neuromotor Science
Graduates are prepared to advance science in neuromotor processes including assessment and evaluation of movement, understanding of neuromotor function and integration and its impact on movement on health, functioning and disability, and contributing to the development of interventions to improve human movement – particularly posture and locomotor control and function across the lifespan.
Texas Womans University - School of Physical Therapy
The program develops future educators and clinical researchers with emphasis on the scientific basis of clinical practice and allows students to work closely with a mentor in their area of clinical interest. Faculty assist students in learning advanced research skills, laboratory development, and grant and manuscript writing skills. Designed to be done part time if needed.
The Ohio State University - Neuroscience PhD Program
spinal cord injury, cellular and molecular neuroscience
The Ohio State University - Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Neuroscience, Neural Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Biomechanics (Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Gait), Degenerative Neurologic Diseases, Pediatrics (motor development),
The University of Alabama at Birmingham - Rehabilitation Science
Movement Science, Exercise Science, Occupation Science studied across the domains of body structure and function; activity, and participation/quality of life, and applied to populations with health conditions or disease processes that involve physical rehabilitation.
University at Buffalo, State University of New York - Rehabilitation Science PhD
Neuroscience (clinical to basic), Pediatrics, Simulation-based learning, Assistive technology, Fall and frailty prevention, Spinal Cord Injury, Vestibular and balance physiology
University of California, San Francisco - Rehabilitation Science
This program takes advantage of the highly interdisciplinary nature of UCSF and the
diversity at SFSU to expand the learning opportunities and enrich the collaborative science research experience for graduate students.
The program has established two areas of specialization within the field of rehabilitation science, given the healthcare needs of society.
1. Clinically Informed Neuroscience
2. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
University of Central Florida - Exercise Physiology
The purpose of the School of Kinesiology & Physical Therapy's PhD program is to develop independent teacher-scholars that will advance the broad discipline of kinesiology through a deep understanding of human movement, applied physiology, and exercise science. The research enterprise is rooted in the School's Institute of Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science.
University of Colorado - PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science
Applied Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Applied Motor Control
Implementation and Dissemination Science
Translational Rehabilitation Technology
University of Delaware - Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science
(1) Applied Anatomy and Physiology(2) Biomechanics (3) Cytomechanics (4) Motor Control and Behavior; and (5) Clinical and Translational Science.
University of Florida - Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
University of Illinois, Chicago - Rehabilitation Sciences
Neurological rehabilitation, Cardiovascular rehabilitation, Sports physical therapy, Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal rehabilitation,
University of Iowa - Physical Rehabilitation Science
Human Movement Control/Performance, Neurobiology of Pain, Neuromuscular Biomechanics, Orthopedic Gait Analysis, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Sports Medicine, Human Integrative and Cardiovascular Physiology, Applied Neuroplasticity.
University of Kansas Medical Center - Rehabilitation Science
The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program prepares individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. Research conducted by faculty members in the department is focused around two themes: 1) rehabilitation and health promotion in people with pain or neurologic conditions; and 2) innovations in physical therapy education.
University of Kentucky - Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
Musculoskeletal issues, neurorehabilitation, health services research
University of Maryland - Baltimore - Physical Rehabilitation Science
Neuromotor Control & Rehab Core Concentration:
This core concentration area of study consists of two facets: neuromotor science and motor control. Neuromotor science refers to knowledge about brain anatomy, biology, and physiology in relation to movement and movement disorders. Relevant techniques for research might include brain imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, startle probes, peripheral nerve stimulation or electroencephalography each of which are available to the trainees. Motor control refers to knowledge about the principles of interaction between neural/physiological, biomechanical, behavioral and developmental systems underlying movement function and dysfunction that can inform rehabilitation assessments and interventions. Relevant techniques for research might include physiological and biomechanical analyses, adaptation and learning paradigms, and clinical tests of movement function. Students are expected to have a knowledge-base in both areas but the specific applications will depend on their research questions.
University of Miami - Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota - Rehabilitation Science
The mission of the Division of Rehabilitation Science is to discover and disseminate rehabilitation knowledge and improve the quality of life, participation, health, performance and well-being of people in Minnesota and throughout the world. Our mission further encompasses the cultivation of premier leaders and researchers in academia, industry and clinical environments to transform the science and practice of rehabilitation, specifically in areas of (1) Activity, Participation and Disability; (2) Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Rehabilitation; (3) Movement Disorders; (4) Musculoskeletal Health and Biomechanics; (5) Neurobehavioral and Neuroplasticity; (6) Rehab Engineering and Assistive Technology; (7) Sex Differences in Health and Disease; and (8) Therapeutic Clinical Assessment, Intervention and Outcomes.
University of Nebraska Medical Center - University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Science Interdepartmental Area
1) Applied Behavior Analysis, 2) Clinically Relevant Basic Research, 3) Clinical & Translational Research Mentored Scholars Program, Patient Oriented Research, and 4) Health Practice and Medical Education Research, 5) Oral Biology, 6) Patient-Oriented Research, 7) Regenerative Medicine & Biomaterials Design
University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Core classes - Team science in healthcare research
Rehabilitation Sciences - Pathobiomechanics, neurodegenerative diseases, health services
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Human Movement Science Curriculum
1) Biomechanics, 2) Neuromuscular Control and Motor Learning, and 3) Exercise Physiology
University of Pittsburgh - PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Counselling, Health Information Management
University of South Carolina - Columbia - Rehabilitation Sciences Division of Exercise Science
Evidence-based practice and outcomes in physical therapy and rehabilitation
• Optimization of rehabilitation after stroke and brain injury
• Neural and behavioral basis of motor control and motor learning
• Posture-balance-gait-mobility in older adults and special populations
• Epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of musculoskeletal pain syndromes
• Biologic basis for musculoskeletal pain
• Enhancing neurorehabilitation using non-invasive brain stimulation and exercise
• Physical activity and its role in recovery of function after disease and trauma
• Breast cancer rehab
• Health services utilization
University of Southern California - Biokinesiology
neurorehabilitation, musculoskeletal biomechanics, exercise science, motor development
University of Utah - Rehabilitation Sciences
1. Evidence-based practice and health services research
2. Skeletal muscle physiology and response to exercise
University of Utah - Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation Sciences
Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation
Neuromuscular Adaptations to Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University - Rehabilitation and Movement Science
There are two program concentrations: exercise physiology and neuromusculoskeletal dynamics. The exercise physiology concentration prepares individuals to conduct research, direct external funding initiatives and teach in the area of exercise physiology, with particular focus on physical activity's impact on chronic disease states. The neuromusculoskeletal dynamics concentration prepares individuals for research, teaching and clinical initiatives associated with the identification and rehabilitation of movement disorders.
Virginia Commonwealth University - Health Related Sciences
Interdisciplinary core of courses with a specialty tract in Physical Therapy. The program emphasizes use of distance learning technologies combined with traditional didactic methods. The Department of Physical Therapy has a strong academic record of producing highly credible and clinically relevant science for this program in the areas of health services and musculoskeletal research.
Washington University in St. Louis - Movement Science Program
The Movement Science Program at Washington University offers training about human movement, its functions and dysfunctions. The Program is organized around three core content areas: Biocontrol, Bioenergetics and Biomechanics.