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Rehabilitation Science Graduates

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

We are proud to say many of our 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 about alumni accomplishments and individuals' current positions.


2005-2009

Seok Hun (Huny) 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
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Chapman University, Orange, California
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* Recipient of the Early Career Achievement in Health Professions Award, 2019

Kevin McIntire, Ph.D. '06
Health Research Science Specialist
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
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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
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Health and Human Services
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
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Rajprasad Loganathan, Ph.D. '07, PT
Research Associate, Department of Cell Biology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
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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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Catherine Siengsukon, Ph.D. '08, Honors, PT
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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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, 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
Associate Professor, Director of Laboratory of Brain Aging, Department of Health and Kinesiology
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas
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Kendra Gagnon, Ph.D. '09, PT
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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2010-2014

Kevin Farmer, Ph.D. '10
Senior Regulatory Writer
Synchrogenix, Durham, N.C.
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Natalia Loskutova, M.D., Ph.D. '11, Honors
Senior Scientist and Director of Evaluation, National Research Network
American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, Kansas
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Stephen Jernigan, Ph.D. '11, PT
Associate Professor and Director, 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
Staff Data Scientist
Walmart Labs, San Bruno, 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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* Read about Xu's research featured by the Guardian

Lisa VanHoose, Ph.D. '11, PT, CLT-LANA, WC
University of Louisiana at Monroe, 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, Department of Physical Therapy
Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
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Mariko Nishibe, Ph.D. '12, Honors
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Neuroscience, Graduate School of Medicine/Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

Dave Burnett, Ph.D. '13, RRT, AE-C
Associate Dean for Faculty Practice and Community Partnership
Chair and Assistant 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
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

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
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
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Rupali Singh, Ph.D. '13, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences, The Sage Colleges, 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
Research Fellow
Laboratory of Congenital Myopathy, Neuromuscular Symptoms Unit, Tissue Injury Branch
National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
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Jason Rucker, Ph.D. '14, Honors, PT
Clinical 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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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
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona


2015-2019

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

Gurpreet Singh, Ph.D. '16, PT
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences, The Sage Colleges, Troy, New York
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Linda D'Silva, Ph.D. '16, PT
Clinical 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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Anna Mattlage, Ph.D. '16
Staff Scientist, Program in Physical Therapy
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
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Zaid Mansour, Ph.D. '16, PT
Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy
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 and Co-Director of Research, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas
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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
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Fahed Mehyar, Ph.D. '17, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington
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Shaima Alothman, Ph.D. '18, PT
Associate Researcher, Lifestyle and Health Research Center
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulfattah Alqahtani, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Rehabilitation Sciences
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Kosaku Aoyagi, Ph.D. '19, PT
Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases Research Center
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
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Sanghee Moon, Ph.D. '19, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
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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
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy, 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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Mohammed M. Alshehri, 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
Postdoctoral Fellow, Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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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, M.S., Ph.D. '20
Visiting Professor of Exercise Science and Visiting Professor of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Human Services
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
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Sakher Obaidat, Ph.D. ‘21, PT
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
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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."
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