The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.
Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.
Facts & Figures
There are 9 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 5 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 31 PhD degrees have been conferred and 37 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.
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Sealy Center on Aging Presents Annual Winter Series
Rehab Sciences 01/31/17 - 02/28/17
The Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, now in its 22nd year, features nationally recognized gerontology research educators, basic scientists, clinicians and social scientists. The five week lecture series begins Tuesday, January 31 with a presentation entitled, "Modernizing Survey Measures of Late-Life Disability," presented by Alan Jette, PT, MPH, PhD, Director, Health and Disability Research, Professor of Health and Management, University of Boston.
More about the Lefeber Winter Series at the Sealy Center on Aging.
Dissertation Defense & Scholar Award: Jessica Jarvis
Rehab Sciences 01/10/17
On February 9, 2017 Jessica Jarvis will defend her dissertation, "Influences of cohort differences and positive emotion on the relationship between cognition and disability in activities of daily living among older Mexican Americans" for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program.
Recently, Jessica Jarvis was awarded the Jeane B. Kempner Scholar award for 2016-2017 based on her application entitled, "Examining Variables that Effect Incident Disability in Older Mexican Americans."
The secret to weight loss is no secret
Galv Daily News 01/02/17
A new year means many people will be hitting the gym looking to trim a few pounds. UTMB's Jean Gutierrez and Elizabeth Lyons were quoted in a story on exercise and weight loss in The Daily News. "Very small changes can have a very large impact on your health," Lyons said according to The Daily News.
A smorgasbord of eating plans: What you should know about the latest diets
Galv Daily News 12/31/16
UTMB's Elizabeth Lyons was quoted in a Daily News story exploring different types of eating plans. "A plant-based diet on the whole is recognized as the best way to fuel the human body," Lyons told The Daily News.
Dr. Middleton Honored for Paper
Rehab Sciences 12/19/16
Rehab Sciences faculty member Addie Middleton, PhD, PT received an Honorable Mention Award for best paper (AAP Excellence in Research Writing Award), titled "Program Interruptions and Short-Stay Transfers Represent Potential Targets for Inpatient Rehabilitation Care-Improvement Efforts." The award recognizes the lead authors of the best papers published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) each year.
New Grant Awarded to UTMB and UTHSC San Antonio
Rehab Sciences 12/14/16
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received a $6.6 million grant to take part in a national project that will analyze what molecular changes occur in people as a result of physical activity. The research could lead to people engaging in more targeted and optimized types of physical activity.
UTMB will be a part of the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium and Blake Rasmussen, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, will be the principal investigator.
- Read More: NIH awards aim to understand molecular changes during physical activity
- Read More: Working Out Molecules
Rehab Sciences 12/08/16
Congratulations to Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Award Winners:
- Former students, Maria Chondronikola, PhD and Paul Reidy, PhD both received the Jeane Kempner Scholar Award.
- Tony Chang, PhD received the Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship.
- Ioannis Malagaris received the Eleanor Dupree Otis Biostatistics Scholarship.
- Catherine Hay received the Emily E. Dupree Endowed Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Science Scholarship.
- Both Zakkoyya Lewis-Powell, PhD and Catherinee Hay received the Peyton and Lydia Schapper Endowed Scholarship in the School of Allied Health Sciences.
- Julianna Bores received the Stephen C. Silverthorne Memorial Award Scholarhip.
- Zakkoyya Lewis-Powell and former student, Amit Kumar, PhD where named 2016 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Data Archiving Webinar Recordings
Rehab Sciences 12/01/16
Two webinars by CLDR consortium partner ICPSR about the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP) are now available to watch online:
Are Friends and Family the Best 'Medicine?'
Galv Daily News 11/21/16
Rehabilitation Sciences PhD students Koyya Lewis, Catherine Hay and others published a study that found patients with strong social support from family and friends spend less time in inpatient rehabilitation facilities. "A positive outlook or attitude, which we often label as "positive affect" in our research, is tied to better outcomes and overall health," Hay said. Read More.
This manuscript, "Social Support and Actual Versus Expected Length of Stay in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities," is featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.