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Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D.

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Associate Dean, Research, School of Health Professions

Professor, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

Professional Background

In February 2021, Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D., joined the University of Kansas Medical Center as the associate dean for research for the School of Health Professions. He also holds a faculty appointment as professor in the school's Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. His professional background and training are in motor control and gerontology.

Prior to his arrival at the School of Health Professions, Sosnoff was a professor at the College of Applied Health Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also served as associate director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois. In this role he promoted and facilitated interdisciplinary health science research across the institution.

Sosnoff earned his doctorate in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., in 2005 with a minor in gerontology. He earned his master's degree in kinesiology from Penn State in 2002 and a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. in 2000.



Sosnoff's research focuses on examining the predictors, prevention, and consequences of mobility impairment in clinical populations including older adults and individuals living with multiple sclerosis. He and his team examine how we move, how to keep us moving and what happens when we don't move well.

Having a special interest in the development and refinement of technology capable of measuring our movement, Sosnoff is actively engaged in several ongoing randomized control trials investigating rehabilitation strategies to maximize mobility and minimize fall risk and incidence across the functional spectrum.

His research has been continuously funded for the last two decades and is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.