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Patrick Kitzman, PT, PhD
Office Location: 

Room 208B Wethington Building

900 South Limestone Street

Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200

Office Phone Number: 
(859) 218-0580
Fax Number: 
(859) 323-6003
Position Title: 
Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Kitzman is a professor and has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky since early 2000. He received a MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D in Neuroscience from Ohio State University in 1994. In 1999, Dr. Kitzman received a BS and MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky.

Research Focus

  • Community re-integration of individuals with neurological impairments (e.g. stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury), living in rural communities 
  • Pharmacological interventions for spinal cord injury induced spasticity
  • Secondary complications in persons with chronic spinal cord injury

Educational Focus
Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Neurophysiology
  • Management of Neurological Systems
  • Research: Analysis and Outcomes

Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

  • Profession Seminar on Research
  • Neuroplasticity

Clinical Work
Dr. Kitzman has worked in the home health and Rehabilitation Hospital settings.

Recent Publications


Gregg BT, Kitzman PH, and Shordike A. Well-being and Coping of Student Veterans Readjusting into Academia: A Pilot Survey. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32:1, 86-107 (2016).
Danzl M, Kitzman P, Hunter E, Harrison A, McKeon P, and Rowles G. The Content of “Rehabilitation Education for Caregivers and Patients” (Recap) in Stroke Physical therapy practice. Physiotherapy. 101(Suppl 1) (2015).
Danzl M, Kitzman P, Hunter E, Harrison A, McKeon P, and Rowles G. The Rehabilitation Education for Caregivers and Patients (Recap) Theory and Model. Physiotherapy. 101(Suppl. 1) (2015)
Cripps A, Livingston S, Yang J, Mattacola C, Van Meter E, Kitzman P, and McKeon P. Visuo-Motor Processing Impairments Following Concussion in Athletes.  J Athletic Enhan. 4(3): 1-6 2015.

Kitzman PH, Cecil D, Hatton-Kolpek J. The Risks of Polypharmacy Following Spinal Cord Injury. J. Spinal Cord Med. (2014) (
Waters-Banker C, Dupont-Versteegden EE, Kitzman PH, and Butterfield TA. Investigating the mechanisms of massage efficacy: the role of mechanical immunomodulation. J. Athletic Training. (2014) 49(2): 266-273
Gabler CM, Kitzman PH, and Mattacola C. Targeting Quadriceps Inhibition with Electromyographic Biofeedback: A Neuroplastic Approach. Crit. Rev. Biomed. Eng. (2013) 41(2):125–135
Kitzman P. The 4th Annual Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network Conference on Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke Across the lifespan. Meeting Summary in J. Neurol. Res. (2012) (Dec. 14)
Danzl MM, Etter NM, Andreatta RD, Kitzman PH. Facilitating Neurorehabilitation Through Principles of Engagement. J. Allied Health. (2012) 41(1): 35-41.