Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


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    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.  We are delighted to be admitting our first class for the Fall, 2012 semester.  Please check back with us as we continue to update this site!

    Richard Johnson, PT, EdD, Chair, Ph.D. Program

    Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, Ph.D. FACM, Program Director, Ph.D. Program, Director Rehab Movement Sci. Track

    Pamela Block, Ph.D., Concentration Director, Disability Studies Track

    Brooke Ellison, Ph.D., Concentration Co-Director, Behavioral and Community Health

    Carlos M. Vidal, Ph.D., Concentration Director, Behavioral and Community Health

    Coming 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.

    Coming 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). 

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