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.
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.
The application deadline for applying to this PhD program was January 11, 2015.
We Hope You Can Join Us - Learn About The Program, Meet Faculty and Ask Questions
Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, Ph.D. FACM, Program Chair, Ph.D. Program, and Director of the Rehabilitation Movement Science Track
Pamela Block, Ph.D., Concentration Director, Disability Studies Track
Carlos M. Vidal, Ph.D., Concentration Director, Behavioral and Community Health Track
Brooke Ellison, Ph.D., Concentration Associate Director, Behavioral and Community Health Track
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
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.