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The application deadline for applying to this PhD program for Fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.  The application system will close at midnight on January 15, 2016. 

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Welcome to the Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 

The School of Health Technology and Management announces the University's first translational research graduate program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences leading to a PhD degree. It is an interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations in Disability Studies, Behavioral and Community Health, and Rehabilitation and Movement Science.


Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, Ph.D. FACM, Program Chair, Ph.D. Program, and Director of the  Rehabilitation Movement Science Track

Pamela BlockPh.D., Concentration Director, Disability Studies Track

Sharon Ray, Sc.D.,OTR/L
Concentration Director, Behavioral and Community Health Track


*Please note that effective January 1, 2016, Stony Brook is implementing a tobacco-free policy.  This includes all tobacco and smoke/vapor-producing products.  For more information regarding the policy, please visit



On February 19, second-year student, Mayank Seth, presented his poster at the 41st annual meeting of the American Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

His poster was titled: Standing balance in people with trans-tibial amputation due to vascular disease: A scoping review.  

If poster does not appear, click here to open.


More Announcements

November 2014..... HRS faculty member Michele Friedner's new book now available

Michele Friedner's new book Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India is now available as an eBook from Rutgers University Press. The paper version, which will be in print in June of 2015, is also currently available for preorder. Click here to learn more or go to Rutgers University Press to order.

July 2014.....New faculty joining our Disability Studies concentraton

Michele Friedner will be joining Stony Brook's School of Health Technology and Management as an Assistant Professor in July 2014. She will be joining Pamela Block in developing and teaching courses in the Disability Studies concentration of the PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Michele is a medical anthropologist who also has a strong background in Deaf Studies, South Asian Studies, and Development Studies. This appointment means that Stony Brook's new PhD program is well-positioned to attract students interested in approaching the study of disability through an interdisciplinary lens and we now are growing a core of faculty who are able to advise students in qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches to studying disability in both domestic and international contexts.

Additional affiliated faculty in Disability Studies across the university include: the Disability Studies undergraduate concentration in the BS in Health Science Program (Sharon Cuff, Kathleen McGoldrick and Stephanie Patterson); Cultural Analysis and Theory (Lisa Diedrich); Philosophy (Eva Kittay); Linguistics, (Mark Aronoff);Technology and Society (Lori Scarlatos); English Composition and Rhetoric (Patricia Dunn); Medical Humanities (Carla Keirns); Sociology (Carrie Shandra); College of Business (Manuel London); Occupational Therapy (Eva Rodriguez and Sharon Ray), and; Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (adjunct faculty Michael Dorn). 

July 2014.....New faculty

Prithvi Shah received a B.S Degree in Physical Therapy from India. She obtained her Ph.D. in Muscle Physiology and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Shah obtained her post-doctoral training at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2014, she joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook as Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management.  She is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at  Stony Brook University.  Dr. Shah is a recipient of the  Craig Neilsen Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award and is an active Consortium Associate of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. 
Click here for Dr. Shah's profile. 

April 2014.....New faculty joining our Rehabilitation Movement Sciences concentration

Walking is a skill that we often take for granted.  With little thought or effort, we can modify our gait to dart through traffic while jaywalking, to step over rocks and tree roots while hiking, or to strut in high heels on a night out.  When our nervous system is damaged, however, walking can become much more challenging.  Dr. Vasudevan's research aims to understand the neural structures and pathways that allow walking to be so automatic and adaptable in neurologically-intact people.  She also study how damage to the brain (due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy) affects the control of walking.  Dr. Vasudevan's long-term goal is to develop evidence-based techniques and devices to help people to recover functional mobility and to facilitate the return to activities of daily living, including work, home life, and social activities.

Dr. Vasudevan comes to Stony Brook University with three and half years of experience as the Director of the Motor Learning Lab at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia.  Prior to this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in locomotor learning with Dr. Amy Bastian at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD).  In 2007, Dr. Vasudevan obtained her PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, under the supervision of Drs. Paul Zehr and Jaynie Yang.  Her doctoral work investigated the coordination of the arms and legs during infant and adult locomotion.  She looks forward to transitioning her research program to Stony Brook and is excited about working with students and faculty in the School of Health Technology and Management, as well as within the broader university community.     Click here for Dr. Vasudevan's CV.

HRS faculty member Pamela Block co-authors article about Disability Studies in Brazil:  click here to read article