Rehabilitation Science Research

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Rehabilitation science seeks to enhance the understanding of the causes, course, and consequences of disability and to develop new interventions to promote optimal functional performance and quality of life.

Research Framework

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The infographic above illustrates how rehabilitation science improves quality of life by analyzing diminished functional performance from physiological and biomedical perspectives. This multidisciplinary approach allows researchers to develop clinical interventions that are reproducible, sustainable, and placed within the context of the individual and their environment.

Our research focuses on the physiological determinants of functional loss and biobehavioral factors that contribute to functional disablement, which can limit activities that allow a person to live independently in the community and participate fully in society. We study the efficacy and effectiveness of exercise interventions to promote function and prevent disability.

Our department’s research can be broadly grouped into three domains of human performance: 1) human movement and function; 2) clinical exercise and applied physiology; and 3) biobehavioral health. 

Currently, our overarching research program includes studies that:

  • Explicate the relationship between physiology and human performance 
  • Translate mechanistic evidence into rehabilitation interventions that promote movement and mobility in various physical environments

Faculty Publications and Accolades