Abiodun Akinwuntan, PhD, MPH, MBA
Dean, School of Health Professions
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Professor, Department of Neurology
Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, became the school's sixth dean in January 2016. He previously served as associate dean for research at the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., where he was professor of physical therapy, ophthalmology and neurology.
Dean Akinwuntan received doctoral and master’s degrees in neuromotor rehabilitation from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Belgium. He also holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration from Augusta University, and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Scholarship and advancing knowledge to improve lives is a major driving force for Dean Akinwuntan. His research interests include developing simulation and virtual technologies to improve daily living activities in patients following a neurological impairment. In particular, he built an innovative driving simulation laboratory at Augusta University to provide support to patients and research participants with neurological conditions.
Dean Akinwuntan is a member of the Simulation Measurement of Vehicle Operator Performance Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He was appointed a member of the Medical Expert Panel on Stroke and Commercial Truck Driving of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U. S. Department of Transportation in 2007.
In 2014, Dean Akinwuntan completed a Fulbright Foreign Scholar Fellowship to improve physiotherapy education and research and the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients in Nigeria. He was named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in February 2015 and selected in July 2015 to serve as a member of the four-person peer review committee for all Fulbright grant applications to West and Central Africa. In March 2016, Dean Akiwuntan was awarded a 2016 Fulbright Specialist Award to the University of Akureyri in Iceland.