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Claudia Senesac

Dr. Claudia SenesacClaudia Senesac, PT, PhD, PCS
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy
Box 100154, UFHSC
Gainesville, FL  32610 -0154
Phone: (352) 273-6453
Fax:  (352) 273-6109

Claudia Senesac, PT, PhD, PCS has over 30 years of pediatric clinical experience. She has been the owner and administrator of a pediatric physical therapy private practice since 1984 and is a board certified clinical specialist in Pediatrics. She received her master’s degree in Health Science investigating motor control in young children suffering from stroke. In 2006 she graduated with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science focusing on motor learning and motor control in the neurologically impaired populations, particularly stroke. She has now focused her research attention in her area of expertise; motor learning and motor control in Pediatrics. She serves as the research coordinator for an NIH multi-center funded grant investigating Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomarkers in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. She is also an investigator and physical therapist for locomotor training in children with spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. In 2000 she designed and continues to coordinate the entry level doctoral course Pediatrics in Physical Therapy. This course was selected by the Pediatric Section of the APTA as an example of innovative and creative teaching strategies for a pediatric curriculum for entry level DPT students and is part of the Pediatric Compendium 2006. She recently published Finley’s Interactive Cadaveric Dissection Guide combining text and video to compliment cadaver dissection in Functional Anatomy. In 2009 she was named The College of Public Health and Health Professions Teacher of the Year The College of Public Health and Health Professions Teacher of the Year. Her primary teaching responsibilities in the entry-level program include Functional Anatomy I and II and Pediatrics in Physical Therapy. She began teaching at UF early in her career (1979) as adjunct faculty and officially joined the faculty in 2003.