Aerial view of UTMB campus in Galveston, Texas
The University of Texas Medical Branch, located on Galveston Island, is the oldest medical school and health sciences campus in Texas.


Rehabilitation Sciences typography graphic - Career Development, Research, PhD, Postdoc, Physical Activity, Recovery, Disability, DataThe 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.


CLDR graphic & link to website
Funding Opportunities - CLDR Pilot Projects & Travel Awards

Rehab Sciences  Pilot LOIs Due 02/15/17

The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) has announced its 2017 Call for Pilot Project Applications. The Center funds pilot studies in two categories:

  • Category 1: Large Data Pilot Studies – includes research examining questions using secondary analysis of large datasets. Funding provided up to $25,000. LOIs DUE FEB 15
  • Category 2: Data Sharing and Archiving Pilot Studies – involves the archiving of existing data from a completed study. Funding is provided up to $10,000.
  • Category 3: Travel Award for Secondary Data Analysis of Archived Studies - a new opportunity for early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to perform secondary analysis of data from studies in the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP) repository. Award recipients will participate in the CLDR Symposium at the 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. Funds, up to $2,500, will support conference registration, travel, and accommodations.

UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging presents the 22nd Lefeber Winter Series on Aging, graphic
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, Boston University.

More about the Lefeber Winter Series at the Sealy Center on Aging.

Jessica Jarvis, BM
Dissertation Defense & Scholar Award: Jessica Jarvis

Rehab Sciences  02/22/17

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 on February 22, 2017.

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."

Dr. Ottenbacher
Congratulations to Dr. Ottenbacher - 1 of 100 Most Influential People in OT Centennial Celebration

Rehab Sciences  02/14/17

Dr. Ottenbacher has been selected as one of the 100 influential people in occupational therapy's first 100 years by the American Occupational Therapy Association as a part of their centennial celebration.

"Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, has significantly advanced the science of occupational therapy. His research focus is rehabilitation outcomes, with an emphasis on the assessment of change in functional status, disability, frailty, and minority health in older adults." Read more about Dr. Ottenbacher at the OT Centennial website or visit Dr. Ottenbacher's web profile at UTMB.

Doug Paddon-Jones, PhD
Here's How You Can Slay Your Workout Hunger

Men's Health  02/07/17

UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones is quoted in this article on what to eat after working out. "Twenty-five to 35 grams of high-quality protein per meal seems to maximize the building and repairing of muscle," says Paddon-Jones.

Functional food and supplement manufacturers urged to get creative with whey protein offerings  01/13/17

UTMB's Doug Paddon-Jones spoke about the benefits protein may provide in dealing with Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle tissue due to aging. "Awareness is still growing for the general population, who are currently learning the benefits [of whey protein] for older demographics as well as for weight management and satiety," said Paddon-Jones according to Dairy

Photo of attendees at UTMB Pepper Center Investigator's lecture featuring Monique Pappadis, PhD
Pepper Investigator's Lecture: Dr. Pappadis

Rehab Sciences  02/01/17

The UTMB Pepper Center sponsored a lecture, "Perception of Decreased Mood and Cognitive Function Among Community-dwelling Adults Aging with Stroke" on February 1, 2017 presented by Monique Pappadis, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences.

UTMB Health Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition
CeRPAN Lecture

Rehab Sciences  01/19/17

Scott Trappe, PhD, and Todd Trappe, PhD,

The Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN) sponsored a lecture, "Current Research at the Ball State Human Performance Lab" on January 19, 2017 presented by Scott Trappe, PhD, John and Janice Fisher Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Todd Trappe, PhD, Professor of Exercise Science, Ball State University.

Liz Lyons, PhD, MPH and Jean L. Gutierrez, PhD, RD
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.


CeRPAN logo: Click to visit the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition website

CLDR Logo: Click to visit the website for the Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation website

RRCD Logo: Click to visit Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program website

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