Brooks/UF-PHHP Research Collaboration

Vision statement

The Brooks/UF-PHHP Research Collaboration will be a national leader in advancing rehabilitation science, education, and practice through patient-centered research, striving for an immediate impact on the health and well being of individuals and communities.

Primary collaboration goals

  • Create a contemporary model for collaborative and interdisciplinary research between an academic center and a rehabilitation centric health care system
  • Enhance the existing missions of UF PHHP and Brooks by providing opportunities for high quality rehabilitation research that positively impacts the delivery of clinical services
  • Obtain external grants in order to engage in interdisciplinary research activities that are focused on studying, improving and creating new approaches to treatment that can improve the outcomes and quality of life for individuals who receive rehabilitation services
  • Develop an organizational structure that fosters the advancement and productivity of UF and Brooks scholars at different stages of their career development
  • Contribute to an environment that supports and promotes inquiry and curiosity in the area of rehabilitation practice and science

Accomplishments

2013-2016

  • Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration researchers have been awarded more than $2.5 million in grants from organizations such as the Veterans Affairs Administration, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Studies by collaboration researchers work have appeared in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, including the journals Physical Therapy, PAIN, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Collaboration researchers have made more than 100 presentations at local, national and international professional conferences, such as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists annual meeting and the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Collaboration clinicians have made 34 presentations at national meetings.

About Brooks Rehabilitation

Brooks Rehabilitation, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the largest independent and not-for-profit rehabilitation-centric providers of post-acute services. The inpatient hospital houses 160 beds with over 3,100 admissions annually.

The Brooks system of care also includes a network of 28 outpatient therapy centers serving approximately 27,000 patients per year, the region’s largest home health agency serving 23 counties, in addition to skilled nursing and other rehabilitation, post-rehabilitation, and community benefit programs and services.

About PHHP

Unique among its peers, the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ eight departments encompass both public health and the health professions, thereby providing a fertile environment for the integration of population-based problem solving and individual patient care. These opportunities for collaboration in education, research and service further the college’s mission to preserve, promote and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals.


Meet the Team

Meet the faculty and doctoral students who are members of the Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration team.

Meryl J Alappattu

Meryl J Alappattu

RES AST PROF
Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Grants:
  • May 2020 ACTIVE
    Mechanisms and Modification of Pain Modulatory Capacity
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAMS ·
  • Jul 2017 ACTIVE
    Brain Imaging and Pain: Analysis of Placebo Analgesia
    NATL CTR FOR COMPLEM AND INTEGRATIVE HLT · Project Manager
Jason M Beneciuk

Jason M Beneciuk

RES AST PROF
Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Grants:
  • Nov 2019 ACTIVE
    The Aging and Integrative Pain Management Initiative
    UF FOU ·
  • Jan 2019 ACTIVE
    Discriminant and Predictive Validity Assessment of the Keele STarT MSK Tool for Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain in Outpatient Physical Therapy Settings
    FOU FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY RES · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2018 ACTIVE
    Multi-Institutional Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)
    UNIV OF PITTSBURGH · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 – Jul 2020
    BROOKS FUND FOR HUMAN SUBJECT PAYMENTS
    UF FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2018
    Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain
    UNIV OF PITTSBURGH · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2013 – Sep 2017
    Mid-Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Individuals S
    AMER ACAD ORTHOPAEDIC MANUAL PHYS THERAP · Principal Investigator
Joel E Bialosky

Joel E Bialosky

CLIN ASO PROF
Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Grants:
  • Aug 2018 ACTIVE
    Evaluating Specific and Non-Specific Mechanisms in Two Distinct Complementary/Integrative Interventions for Chronic Pain
    RUSH UNIV MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2013 – Jan 2017
    Creation of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    AMER PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOC · Principal Investigator
Emily J Fox

Emily J Fox

Research Assistant Professor
Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Grants:
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Perceptions of individuals living with spinal cord injury toward autonomous vehicles
    PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA ·
  • Dec 2018 ACTIVE
    VA IPA for Emily Fox
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2018 – Jun 2020
    National Resource Center for High-Impact Clinical Trials in Medical Rehabilitation: Pilot Projects Component
    UNIV OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Acute Intermittent Hypoxia and Respiratory Strength Training to Improve Breathing Function after SCI
    US ARMY MED RES ACQUISITION · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2018 – Mar 2020
    Phrenic Afferents and Neuromuscular Plasticity Following Spinal Cord Injury
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI ·
  • Jul 2018 – Jun 2020
    Neuromodulation of spinal circuits to enhance practice-related performance on a complex walking task (Pilot Project).
    MEDICAL UNIV OF SOUTH CAROLINA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2016 ACTIVE
    Functional mapping of peripheral and central circuits for airway protection and breathing
    NATL INST OF HLTH OD · Project Manager
  • Sep 2015 – Dec 2019
    Intramuscular pacing to enhance voluntary diaphragm activation
    CRAIG H NEILSEN FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager
Dorian K Rose

Dorian K Rose

Research Associate Professor
Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    Augmenting a PostStroke Wellness Program with Respiratory Muscle Training: A Randomized Controlled Trial
    FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2019 ACTIVE
    Extension 2 IPA for Sudeshna Chatterjee
    US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR · Project Manager
  • Feb 2019 – Jul 2020
    Data Coordinating Center for Parkinson Foundations PDGENE Study
    PARKINSONS FOU · Project Manager
  • Mar 2018 – May 2019
    IPA for Sudeshna Chatterjee
    *NF/SGVHS Malcom Randall VA Medical Cent · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2017 – Jan 2018
    National Descriptive Study of the Home Health Physical Therapy Environment
    OHIO STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2017 – May 2020
    Combining tDCS and neurorehabilitation to treat age-related deficits of mobility and cognition
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
  • Jul 2015 – Jun 2018
    Novel Strategy to Improve Gait and Fall-Related Efficacy
    AMER HEART ASSOCIATION · Principal Investigator

Doctoral students supported by the Collaboration