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Faculty & Staff Honors

Florida Faculty Member Receives APTA’s Highest Honor

Dr. Carolynn Patten, PT, PhD an associate professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of physical therapy, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the association’s highest honor. She will be recognized at a ceremony in June in Nashville during the APTA’s NEXT 2016 Conference and Exposition.

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[Photo: Dr. Carolynn Patten]

An internationally recognized leader in the science of human motor neurophysiology, neuromechanics and neurorehabilitation, Dr. Patten is a senior investigator with the Veterans Affairs Brain Rehabilitation Research Center where she holds Research Career Scientist status.

“Dr. Patten strives to advance our knowledge about movement control of individuals with neurological dysfunction by using innovative and well-grounded research methods,” said nominator Dr. Richard Shields, a professor and chair of the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Iowa. “The hypotheses she has pursued through her research career are novel and represent some of the most important contributions to the field of stroke rehabilitation.”

Dr. Patten’s research has been continuously funded for more than 20 years by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association and the Department of Defense. Current projects include a study to predict patients’ capacity for walking recovery after stroke; investigations of novel, physiologically based rehabilitation approaches; utility of technologies such as non-invasive brain stimulation and robotics; and the development of customized therapeutic interventions using computational modeling. Last year she was one of 34 UF scientists recognized for a distinguished record of research as a UF Research Foundation Professor for 2015-2018.