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 build interdisciplinary research teams that bridge our two departments, Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences. Our major areas of focus are: frailty and injury prevention, 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. 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

  • Investigating effects of beet root juice on therapeutic outcomes, compliance with therapy, and body composition changes for head and neck cancer patients
  • Mobile device usage to teach vocabulary words to children with language impairments
  • Indicators of post-traumatic osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery
  • Contribution of infant tongue biomechanics to safe, efficient feeding
  • Commercialization of a 3D motion capture system for physical therapists
  • Mobile health interventions to improve patient outcomes