Rehabilitation Science PhD

Angela Smalley, PhD candidate evaluating data in the biomechanics lab.

Personalize your program of study by developing and exploring the areas of rehabilitation science that interest you most.

Our PhD program’s interdisciplinary curriculum offers a theoretical understanding of rehabilitation science—the study of physical, musculoskeletal, psychological and functional disorders in humans—while the emphasis on research provides the practical skills needed to investigate key issues in the field.


You will gain valuable experience in identifying and addressing major research questions by designing, conducting and publishing research throughout the PhD program.

You can investigate areas that are most significant to you through a faculty mentor match.

Who Should Apply

Applicants may come from varied backgrounds, such as:

  • Occupational Therapy                         
  • Physical Therapy                                  
  • Exercise Science                                  
  • Kinesiology                                           
  • Athletic Training                                   
  • Biomechanics                                      
  • Engineering                                         
  • Assistive Technology                           
  • Architecture – Universal Design        
  • Neuroscience                                      
  • Neurology/Neurorehabilitation
  • Physiology
  • Community Health Behavior
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Mental Health
  • Chiropractic
  • Medicine
  • Prosthetics/orthotics
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Lifespan physiology – pediatrics through geriatrics


There is a critical need for researchers and faculty in the areas of disability and rehabilitation and this program prepares you for both.  In addition, advisement is available for those students who wish to pursue post-doctoral training.

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