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Rehabilitation Science Graduates

Alumni of our doctoral program in rehabilitation science are serving in leadership positions in research and academia across the world.

We are proud to say many graduates from KU's doctoral program in rehabilitation science receive job offers and secure roles nationally and around the world in research and teaching prior to graduation. Learn more below about alumni accomplishments and individuals' current positions.


2005-2009

Seok Hun Kim, Ph.D. '05, PT
Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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Muhammed Al-Jarrah, Ph.D. '06, PT
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2014

Marcio Dos Santos, Ph.D. '06, PT
Associate Professor, College of Rehabilitative Sciences
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, Florida
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Emmanuel B. John, Ph.D. '06, PT
Dean and Professor, Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
York College of Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2019

Kevin McIntire, Ph.D. '06
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Mukul Mukherjee, Ph.D. '06, PT
Associate Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
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Marcie Swift, Ph.D. '07, PT
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Rajprasad Loganathan, Ph.D. '07, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
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Eric Vidoni, Ph.D. '08, Honors, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, KU School of Medicine
Director, Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core, KU Alzheimer's Disease Center, Kansas City, Kansas
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2022

Catherine Siengsukon, Ph.D. '08, Honors, PT, DBSM, CHWC
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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Neena Sharma, Ph.D. '08, PT, CMPT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2012

Sandra Billinger, Ph.D. '08, PT, FAHA
Professor and Vice Chair of Stroke Translation Research, Department of Neurology
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2013

Benjamin Tseng, Ph.D. '09

Kendra Gagnon, Ph.D. '09, PT
Associate Professor and Founding Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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2010-2014

Kevin Farmer, Ph.D. '10
Associate Director, Medical Writing
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Palo Alto, California
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Natalia Loskutova, M.D., Ph.D. '11, Honors
Project Director, Strategic Initiatives, Research Administration
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
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Stephen Jernigan, Ph.D. '11, PT
Associate Professor, Associate Program Director and Director of Outcomes, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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Bin Deng, Ph.D. '11
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
LinkedIn Corporation, Sunnyvale, California
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Ming Xu, Ph.D. '11
Assistant Professor, UConn Center on Aging and the Department of Genetics & Genome Sciences
UConn Health, Farmington, Connecticut
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2021

Lisa VanHoose, Ph.D. '11, MPH, PT, FAPTA
Professor and Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
University of Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer and Physiotherapist
The Ujima Center, Monroe, Louisiana
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2018

Han-Hung (Floyd) Huang, Ph.D. '11, PT
Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas
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Mariko Nishibe, Ph.D. '12, Honors
Assistant Professor, Office of Strategic Innovative Dentistry, Graduate School of Dentistry
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Inscopix Field Scientific Consultant
Inscopix, Inc., Mountain View, California
* Decoding Calcium Dynamics in the Hippocampus During Memory Retention and Update with a Miniscope.

Dave Burnett, Ph.D. '13, RRT, AE-C
Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Workforce Initiatives
Associate Professor, Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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Alham Al-Sharman, Ph.D. '13, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, College of Health Sciences
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Ali Bani-Ahmed, Ph.D. '13, PT
Assistant Professor, College of Applied Medical Sciences
University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
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Saddam Kanaan, Ph.D. '13, Honors, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, College of Health Sciences
Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
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Rupali Singh, Ph.D. '13, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences, Russel Sage College, Troy, New York
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Lezi E, Ph.D. '13, Honors
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Jessica Witherspoon, DPT, Ph.D. '14
Supervisory Health Science Specialist and Director of Clinical Trials, VA New England Healthcare System
VA Boston Healthcare System Division, Boston, Massachusetts
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Jason Rucker, Ph.D. '14, Honors, PT
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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Tarang Jain, DPT, Ph.D. '14, Honors, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Linda Denney, Ph.D. '14, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts


2015-2019

Jordan Taylor, Ph.D. '15, Honors, CSCS, ACE-CPT
Associate Teaching Professor and Undergraduate Exercise Science Program Director, Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences, School of Education and Human Sciences
University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Overland Park, Kansas

Gurpreet Singh, Ph.D. '16, PT
Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York
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Linda D'Silva, Ph.D. '16, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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Anna Mattlage, Ph.D. '16
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Zaid Mansour, Ph.D. '16, PT
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Head of Community Based Rehabilitation Center
Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
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Mayis Aldughmi, Ph.D. '16, PT
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
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Bryan Bond, Ph.D. '16
Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa
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Sonia Rawal, Ph.D. '16, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas
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Jason-Flor Sisante, Ph.D. '17
Solar System Ambassador, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Medical Student
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri
Navy Medical Corps Officer (Reserve)
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Fahed Mehyar, Ph.D. '17, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington
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Shaima Alothman, Ph.D. '18, PT
Research Scientist and Deputy Head, Lifestyle and Health Research Center
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulfattah Alqahtani, Ph.D. '19, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
President, Saudi Physical Therapy Association
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Kosaku Aoyagi, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
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Sanghee Moon, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Services
University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
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Caio Sarmento, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno, California
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Aqeel Alenazi, Ph.D. '19, Honors, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences
Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia
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Yasir Alshehri, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Medical Rehabilitation Science
Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Abdalghani Yahya, Ph.D. '19, PT
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2020-Present

Ramzi Alajam, Ph.D. '20, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences
Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
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Melike Kahya, Ph.D. '20, Honors, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Congdon School of Health Sciences
High Point University, High Point, North Carolina
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Mohammed M. Alshehri, Ph.D. '20, PT
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences
Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
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Eber A. S. Beck, Jr. Ph.D. '20, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
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David Heller, Ph.D. '20
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
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Sakher Obaidat, Ph.D. ‘21, PT
Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
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Batool Alkhamis, Ph.D. ‘22, PT
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Science
King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Alicen Whittaker-Hilbig, Ph.D. ‘23, DPT
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Rebecca Ludwig, Ph.D. ‘23, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Karen J. Bock, Ph.D. ’23, PT, CWS, CLT-LANA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, Kansas
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"The Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science at KUMC will prepare you to become an independent researcher, a leader and a mentor to others in your future. You will also acquire fundamental and advanced skills, expertise, and character, that empowers you to rise up to any challenge that may come your way in your future."
KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
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