Current Research

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky is committed to building an internationally recognized research enterprise. As the Associate Dean for Research, my goal is to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary research teams that bridges the expertise of our college. Our major areas of focus are: frailty, injury prevention, neuromotor and sensory performance, health services, applied nutrition and metabolism, rehabilitation and voice and language disorders.

Our long-term goal is to develop new strategies to maintain functional independence, emphasizing both mobility and communication skills, and optimize physical performance using both in-person as well as telerehabilitation interventions.

We are particularly interested in approaches that will benefit Kentucky's rural population, having established the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN). 

All of our projects have a strong translational component such that research will lead to novel intervention and rehabilitation strategies to improve health and function by reducing illness and disability. 

Thank you for taking a few moments to see some of the exciting work we're doing. 

Patrick Kitzman, PT, PhD, Associate Dean for Research

Ongoing and Funded Projects

Emerging areas of research

  • Mobile device usage to teach vocabulary words to children with language impairments
  • Indicators of post-traumatic osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery
  • Telerehabilitation practice and mobile health interventions to improve patient outcomes
  • Health services and health disparities
  • Rehabilitation interventions for pain management