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Administration & Core Faculty

Administration
The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1637 F: (409) 772-1638

Ken Ottenbacher, PhDKenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR | Web Bio
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation; Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Science; Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition; Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, School of Health Professions


Beth Cammarn, CRABeth Cammarn, CRA | Web Bio
Sr. Administrative Manager, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences Administrator, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition Research Administrator, School of Health Professions


Vivian BrannenVivian Brannen | Web Bio
Office Coordinator, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences


Matthew Lakich, MPHMatthew Lakich, MPH | Web Bio
Research Coordinator
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

 
 

Roxann Grover, MARoxann Grover, MA | Web Bio
Internet Production Designer
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Sealy Center on Aging


Carla Bradley, MACarla Bradley, MA | Web Bio
Senior Graphics Specialist
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Sealy Center on Aging

 

 

Core Faculty

Our core faculty include thirty-seven members from a range of academic departments/divisions in the UTMB community, who share a common interest in rehabilitation, recovery, and disability research. Faculty are involved in advising students and postdoctoral fellows and participate in various research activities.


Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD | Research Profile
Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Obesity, muscle strength, health outcomes and disability in older Mexican Americans

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 266-9691 F: (409) 772-8931 E: soalsnih@utmb.edu


Karen Aranha, PhD, OTRKaren Aranha, PhD, OTR | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-3040 F: (409) 747-1615 E: kaaranha@utmb.edu


Jacques G. Baillargeon, PhDJacques Baillargeon, PhD | Research Profile | PMCH Bio
Professor, Department of Prev Medicine & Community Health
Research Area: Comparative effectiveness research, cancer epidemiology, health services research

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1148
P: (409)772-4534 F: (409) 772-9127 E: jbaillar@utmb.edu


Christine Baker, PhD Christine Baker, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Long-term health of pediatric burn survivors, pediatric disability treatment outcomes, graduate outcomes

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3068 F: (409) 747-1613 E: cbaker@utmb.edu


Mon Bryant, PhD, PTMon Bryant, PhD, PT
Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Parkinson's disease, gait, balance

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (713) 791-1414 E: msbryant@utmb.edu


Diane Collins, PhD, OTRDiane Collins, PhD, OTR | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Area: Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes of Veterans and Medicare beneficiates

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 772-3080 F: (409) 747-1615 E: dicollin@utmb.edu


Carlos Diaz-Venegas, PhDCarlos Diaz-Venegas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
E: cadiazve@utmb.edu


Karl Eschbach, PhD Karl Eschbach, PhD | Research Profile | Internal Med Bio
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research Area: Health disparities between racial and ethnic populations

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 266-9680 F: (409) 772-8931 E: kaeschba@utmb.edu


Steve Fisher, PhD, PTSteve Fisher, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Functional performance in older adults

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-9496 F: (409) 747-1613 E: stfisher@utmb.edu


Chris Fry, PhDChris Fry, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Metabolism
Research Area: The role of satellite cells in skeletal muscle plasticity

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-5680 E: csfry@utmb.edu


Rebecca Galloway, PhD, PT Rebecca Galloway, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, functional assessment

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 747-1646 F: (409) 747-1613 E: regallow@utmb.edu


James S. Goodwin, MD James S. Goodwin, MD | Research Profile | SCoA Bio
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 747-1636 E:jsgoodwi@utmb.edu


James Graham, PhD James Graham, PhD, DC | Research Profile
Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, functional assessment, health disparities

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1636 E: jegraham@utmb.edu


Jean Gutierrez, PhD Jean Gutierrez, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Metabolism
Research Area: Clinical Translational Research: Preventive interventions for common diseases in genetically susceptible and other high-risk groups

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-1609 E: jeanguti@utmb.edu


Wendy J Herbert, PT, PhD Claudia Hilton, PhD, OTR | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Area: Child development disorders, occupational therapy and disability

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 772-3079 E: clhilton@utmb.edu


Bret Howrey, PhD Bret Howrey, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Research Area: health of our older population with an emphasis on health care utilization and health disparities.

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1123
P: (409) 772-2257 E: bthowrey@utmb.edu


Amol Karmarkar, PhD Amol Karmarkar, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, rehabilitation service utilization

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 772-9446 E: amkarmar@utmb.edu


Liz Lyons, PhD, MPHLiz Lyons, PhD, MPH | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Science
Research Area: Use of technology for health promotion and cancer control

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0912
P: (409) 772-1917 E: ellyons@utmb.edu


Kyriakos Markides, PhDKyriakos Markides, PhD | Research Profile | PMCH Bio
Professor and Director, Annie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging Studies, Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Preventative Medicine and Community Health Research Area: aging and health issues in the Mexican American population

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0912
P: (409) 772-9137 E: kmarkide@utmb.edu


Janna McGaugh, PhD Janna McGaugh, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Neuromusculoskeletal function, balance, gait

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-9493 E: jamcgaug@utmb.edu


Kurt Mossberg, PhD Kurt Mossberg, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Physical capacity and fitness in persons with brain injury

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: 409-772-3069 F: (409) 747-1613 E: kmossber@utmb.edu


Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD | Research Profile
Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Area: Muscle metabolism, protein synthesis

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409)772-3073 F: (409) 772-2577 E: djpaddon@utmb.edu


Monique Pappadis, PhD Monique Pappadis, PhD | Research Profile | Web Bio
Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Areas: Ethnic minority health and behavioral health disparities; Psychosocial adjustment to disability

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1632 F: (409) 747-1638 E: mrpappad@utmb.edu


Tara Patterson, PhD Tara Patterson, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Area: Neuro-rehabilitation, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 747-1629 E: tspatter@utmb.edu


Kristen Peek, PhD Kristen Peek, PhD | Research Profile | PMCH Bio
Professor and Vice Chair of Education; Program Director, Population Health Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Assistant Dean of Recruiting, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Area: Ethics and cultural differences in aging and disability

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1153
P: (409)772-9143 E:mkpeek@utmb.edu


Betty Protas, PhD, PT Craig Porter, PhD | Research Profile | Dept of Surgery Bio
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Associate Director, Metabolism Unit, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Research Area: Metabolism, Mitochondria, Skeletal Muscle, Adipose Tissue, Burn Trauma, Exercise

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1028
P: (409)772-3001 F: (409) 772-3014 E: ejprotas@utmb.edu


Betty Protas, PhD, PT Betty Protas, PhD, PT | Research Profile | Office of the Dean
Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions
George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor
Research Area: Geriatrics, rehabilitation of adults with stroke, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injury

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1028
P: (409)772-3001 F: (409) 772-3014 E: ejprotas@utmb.edu


Mukaila Raji, MD Mukaila Raji, MD | Research Profile | Internal Medicine Bio
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research Area: Cognitive impairment, dementia and disability on older adults

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409)772-1987 F: (409) 772-1952 E: muraji@utmb.edu


Blake Rasmussen, PhD Blake Rasmussen, PhD | Research Profile | Dept Nutrition Bio
Professor & Chair, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Area: Muscle metabolism and physiology related to exercise, diabetes and exercise

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-1619 F: (409) 772-2577 E: blrasmus@utmb.edu


Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR | Research Profile |
Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Upper extremity movement and function, spasticity and movement disorders, neurorehabilitation, TBI

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409)772-9441 E: tareiste@utmb.edu


Rafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhDRafael Samper-Ternent, MD, PhD | Research Output
Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Area: Frailty, cognitive decline

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
E: rasamper@utmb.edu


Gary Seale, PhDGary Seale, PhD | TLC Website
VP for Clinical Programs, Transitional Learning Center
Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, positive emotion

1528 Postoffice St. Galveston, TX 77550
P: (409) 762-6661 E: gseale@tlc-galveston.org


Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH | Research Profile | Internal Med
Professor Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Associate Chief Medical Officer Department of Internal Medicine

301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0561
P: (409) 772-2436 F: (409) 772-9532 E: gusharma@utmb.edu


Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD | Research Profile
Professor Cell Biology Graduate Program, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Translational Technologies Key Resource, Institute of Translational Sciences (ITS)
Assistant Program Director, ITS-Clinical Research Center (CRC)
Director, Core and Imaging Laboratories, ITS-CRC
Research Area: Hormone replacement, muscle metabolism

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1074
P: (409) 772-8707 F: (409) 747-1938 E: melmoore@utmb.edu


Theresa Smith, PhD Theresa Smith, PhD | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Area: Hormone replacement, muscle metabolism

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 747-1630 F: (409) 747-1615 E: thesmith@utmb.edu


Oscar Suman, PhDOscar Suman, PhD | Research Profile | Dept of Surgery Bio
Professor, Department of Surgery Leon Hess Professor for Burn Injuries Research Director of Children's Wellness Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Galveston, Texas
Research Area: Exercise physiology & burns

815 Market Street Galveston, Texas 77550
P: (409) 770-6557 F: (409) 770-6919 E: oesuman@utmb.edu


Elena Volpi, MD, PhD Elena Volpi, MD, PhD | Research Profile | SCoA Profile
Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine; Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and Nutrition and Metabolism, Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences Interim Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Research Area: Insulin sensitivity, protein synthesis

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0264
P: (409) 772-8707 F: (409) 772-8709 E: evolpi@utmb.edu


Dana Wild, PhD, PTDana Wild, PhD, PT | Research Profile
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Area: Pediatrics, early intervention

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1028
P: (409) 772-3068 F: (409) 747-1613 E: dlwild@utmb.edu


Dana Wild, PhD, PTRebeca Wong | Research Profile | PMCH Bio | SCoA Bio
P. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging Professor, Preventive Medicine & Community Health Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
Research Area: Economic consequences of population aging, in particular in Mexico and among immigrant Hispanics in the U.S.

301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-3068 F: (409) 747-1613 E: rewong@utmb.edu


Dennis Zgaljardic, PhD Dennis Zgaljardic, PhD | TLC Website
Director of Neuropsychology, Transitional Learning Center
Research Area: Traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological assessment

1528 Postoffice St. Galveston, TX 77550
P: (409) 762-6661 E: dzgaljardic@tlc-galveston.org


 

Faculty Position Available

JOB ID 46540 - Assistant Professor, Health Services Research in Disability, Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Professions, at The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Event Highlights

Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition lecture by David A. Brown, PT, PhD.
10/2/15 at Noon:
Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition lecture by David A. Brown, PT, PhD.
More about Dr. Brown.

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