Icon 1$26,000,000 grant funding for faculty
Icon 2 89% of alumni employed as faculty
Icon 3 3.6 average years to graduation

Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program

About the Program
The mission of the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program is to fulfill a leadership role in addressing the rehabilitation needs of individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond through research, education, and service. The program is designed to produce research and academic leaders in rehabilitation sciences for the professions of communication disorders, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training. The UK College of Health Sciences offers the program in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University.

Students in the program have the unique opportunity to study with professionals from all four disciplines and take courses from faculty from all four institutions. Distance technologies are used to deliver some portions of the program, thus making it more widely accessible.  However, all classes have to be taken in real time and the program is not offered online.

Why choose a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at UK?
The Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program at the University of Kentucky is among the few of its kind in the nation to grant a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences and has one of the highest percentages of students graduating within five years at the university.

The program includes 39 faculty and 45 full- and part-time students from diverse backgrounds and a range of clinical and higher education experiences.

Contact Us
Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
(859) 218-0592

Dana Howell, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L
OTD Program Coordinator & Professor
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
(859) 622-6256

Lauren E. Bland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Kentucky University
(270) 745-8860