Patricia Kluding, Ph.D., PT, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), has been named chair of the department, effective March 16.
"The PTRS Department has such a strong, rich history of excellence in physical therapy education and research," Kluding said. "It is an honor to be selected to lead our amazing faculty team forward into the future."
Kluding has been a physical therapist since 1992, with a clinical focus in neurological rehabilitation. She joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2003 and currently directs the Health, Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL).
Kluding earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University and a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University. She earned her doctorate from Seton Hall University in 2003 and joined the faculty at KU Medical Center after that.
Kluding teaches neurologic rehabilitation courses in the physical therapy doctoral program and collaborates with researchers in the KU departments of Neurology; Anatomy and Cell Biology; Endocrinology; and Biostatistics. She was honored as the Stata Norton Distinguished Teacher in 2010, received the Faculty Investigator Award in 2013 and was honored with the Honorary Alumni Award for the School of Health Professions in 2014.
Kluding has been serving as interim department chair since 2015.