Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

About the Faculty  

RHB Program Director

Carl G. Mattacola, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, Athletic Training

Research interests: Postural and functional considerations in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower extremity injury

RHB Director of Graduate Studies

Anne D. Olson, Ph.D., CCC/A, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Research interests: Aural Rehabilitation, Auditory Training, Cochlear Implants, and Speech Perception

 

University of Kentucky

Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences

Sharon Stewart, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Communication Science Disorders
Research interests: Literacy development and intervention for at-risk children; intervention for school-age language disorders

 

Associate Dean of Research
Charlotte Peterson, Ph.D., Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor

Research Interests: elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle structure and function.

 

Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Gilson J. Capilouto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ATP, Communication Science Disorders
Research interests: AAC performance measures, narrative discourse performance across the lifespan for persons with and without neurological disorders and risk factors for language development in children born prematurely.
 

RHB Department Chair

Janice Kuperstein, Ph.D., PT, Physical Therapy
Research interests:  Health care delivery system; relationship-centered care

 

Division Directors

Robert A. (Tony) English, Ph.D., PT, Physical Therapy
Research interests: clinical functional outcomes testing in people with chronic degenerative conditions. Emphasis on middle aged people.

Judith L. Page, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Communication Science Disorders

Research interests: Alternative and augmentative communication strategies;
early intervention

Carl G. Mattacola, Ph.D., ATC, Athletic Training

Research interests: Postural and functional considerations in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower extremity injury

 

Other Program Faculty

Richard Andreatta, Ph.D., Communication Science Disorders
Research interests:  Understanding the effects that movement-related somatosensation or externally-generated afference may have on central nervous system processes of perception, sensorimotor control and proprioception in the oral facial system of humans
Timothy A. Butterfield, Ph.D., ATC, Athletic Training
Research interests:  Plasticity of skeletal muscle; functional adaptation of skeletal muscle as a result of exercise; the role of exercise on muscle damage
 
Susan K. Effgen, Ph.D., PT, Physical Therapy

Research interests: School-based practice; early intervention outcomes; pediatric service delivery models; inclusive education

Jodelle F. Deem, Ph.D., CCC_SLP, Communication Science Disorders

Research interests: Communication disorders in aging; speech and voice
science

Esther Dupont-Versteegden, Ph.D., Physical Therapy

Research Interests:  Investigating the underlying cellular mechanisms of
skeletal muscle atrophy in general and sarcopenia in particular.

Anne L. Harrison, Ph.D., PT, Physical Therapy

Research interests: Rehabilitative clinical outcomes in the older population

Patrick H. Kitzman, Ph.D., PT, Physical Therapy

Research interests: Spinal cord injury

Jane O'Regan Kleinert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Communication Science Disorders

Research interests:  Communication supports for self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities; Pediatric communication disorders in students with severe/multiple developmental disabilities

Terry R. Malone, Ed.D., PT, FAPTA, Physical Therapy

Research interests: Soft tissue healing; outcomes assessment; knee and shoulder; articular cartilage

Robert C. Marshall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Communication Science Disorders

Research interests: Post-stroke speech and language disorders; communication disorders following head injury

Arthur J. Nitz, Ph.D., PT,ECS, OCS, Physical Therapy

Research interests: Clinical trials; efficacy of PT intervention

Joseph Stemple, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHAF, Communication Science Disorders

Research interests: Laryngeal, respiratory, and resonance compensations in the presence of laryngeal pathology; the efficacy of voice therapy

Timothy L. Uhl, Ph.D., ATC, PT, FNATA, Athletic Training

Research interests: Motor activation patterns related to rehabilitation of the upper extremity


 

Eastern Kentucky University
Occupational Therapy Program Faculty

Department Chair

Colleen Schneck, SC.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Research interests: Child development, sensory processing, visual perceptual skills, school-based practice

Other Program Faculty

Dana Howell, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Research interest: Qualitative research, interdisciplinary education, quality of life of rural seniors, and adult physical dysfunction and rehabilitation

Christine Myers, Ph.D., OTR/L

Research interests: Early childhood transitions of children with special needs and their families

Doris Pierce, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Research interests: Play, environmental interactions, maternal work, video methods

Anne Shoredike, Ph.D., OTR/L

Research interests: Occupational therapy in mental health, occupation and health in the community, culture and diversity and occupation

Peggy Wittman, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Research interests:  Quality of life in rural communities, especially as related to occupational performance of citizens; phenomena of using animal assisted therapy with persons with autism and Asperger's Syndrome; and outcomes of a community-built occupational therapy practice in a rural area.

 

Institutional Partners
Communication Disorders Program Faculty

Elizabeth G. Blodgett, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Murray State University

Research interests: Phonological assessment and intervention; child language assessment and intervention

Jo-Ann Hammons, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Murray State University

Research interests: Treatment outcomes in fluency disorders

Frank M. Kersting, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Western Kentucky University

Research interests: Emergent literacy; technology applications; intervention protocols for children with language disorders

Creighton Miller, Ph.D., Murray State University

Research interests: Speech and hearing sciences; computer and internet applications; research methods; instrumentation

Pearl Payne, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Murray State University

Research interests:  Early identification of stuttering; efficacy of early intervention models for children who stutter; relationships between language and the onset and development of stuttering

Sharon Hart, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Murray State University

Research interests:  The effectiveness of using communication-centered intervention to facilitate phonological learning in young children

 

Adjunct Faculty

Kristin Day, Ph.D., MPT, NCS, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Research interests: Neurorehabilitation for recovery of consciousness post-TBI and Walking recovery post-SCI.

Timothy Hewett, Ph.D. Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center

Research interests: Dynamic neuromuscular joint control strategies and their use for preventing knee injuries