Emily Fox named Brooks/UF PHHP Research Collaboration director


Congratulations to Dr. Emily Fox, research associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, on being named the Brooks/UF PHHP Research Collaboration director.

The collaboration was established in 2013 to create a contemporary model for collaborative and interdisciplinary research between an academic center (UF PHHP) and a rehabilitation centric health care system (Brooks Rehabilitation).

“The collaboration is a critical aspect of the research infrastructure here at Brooks, enabling us to advance our vision of providing world-class rehabilitation solutions,” said Mark Bowden, P.T., Ph.D., vice president of clinical integration and research at Brooks Rehabilitation. “Dr. Fox has been dedicated to the development of this collaboration since its inception, and Brooks’ research would not be where it is right now without the contributions of Dr. Fox.”

The Brooks/UF PHHP Research Collaboration is also designed to facilitate high quality rehabilitation research that advances the delivery of clinical services. To date, Brooks/UF PHHP Collaboration researchers have garnered multi-million dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration, received national awards for research and leadership, and published their work in leading scientific journals.

As director, Fox will bring strategic leadership and vision to the collaboration by serving as the key representative, bringing together faculty and clinicians, and growing collaborative opportunities across Brooks and the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions.

This new role is a natural progression for Fox, who has an impressive record of rehabilitation leadership. In addition to being a leading member of the Brooks/UF PHHP Research Collaboration as a clinical research scientist, she is the director of Neuromuscular Research at Brooks. She also serves as the director of the Brooks Motion Analysis Center, a clinical and research assessment facility. An expert in motor control and neurologic rehabilitation, Fox’s research program focuses on recovery of walking and breathing function, and development of innovative approaches to advance rehabilitation. She serves on the steering committee for the UF Breathing Research and Therapeutics Center and the editorial board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, a leading publication of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research is funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense, the Veteran’s Administration and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

“I am excited to serve as the next director of the Brooks/UF-PHHP Research Collaboration,” Fox said. “Brooks and UF PHHP have a long-standing and strong partnership, providing a great foundation for the future. I see tremendous opportunity to build on the strengths of two great institutions to advance rehabilitation research and care.”