Jason Rucker, PT, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Jason Rucker, PT, PhD, has practiced physical therapy in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 2002, with clinical experience ranging from acuteand intensive care to skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation. He currently provides outpatient physical therapy services at the KU Health Partners Silver City Health Center and the multi-disciplinary Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic at KU Medical Center. Rucker also instructs and assists with several courses in neurologic and orthopedic physical therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, Rucker obtained a master's in physical therapy from KU in 2002. He received his doctorate in rehabilitation science from KU in 2014.
A member of the Georgia Holland Health Exercise and Aging Laboratory, Rucker’s research is focused on the impact of diabetes on cognitive and physical functioning. In particular, he is interested in examining higher level cognitive processes, such as the ability to multi-task, and aims to discover how these processes may influence walking, functional ability, fall risk, and disability in those with diabetes and other chronic diseases. He has also contributed to several projects investigating exercise in individuals with diabetic neuropathy and the use of a neuromuscular stimulation device to improve gait in people with stroke.