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Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

The University of Kentucky, in cooperation with Eastern Kentucky, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University, offer a collaborative and interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.

For complete information, view the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral program website at


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 Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program is designed to produce academic leaders in rehabilitation sciences for the professions of occupational therapy, communication disorders, physical therapy, and athletic training. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct rehabilitation related research, teach in higher education, direct discipline-specific educational programs, work in the rehabilitation services field, and collaborate with other professions on various issues related to rehabilitation.

"Current and former occupational therapy students and faculty in the RHB doctoral program at the 10 year reunion in 2010"

PhD Faculty

Educational format:

The Kentucky distance learning network is utilized when possible and appropriate for courses, meetings, advising, and instruction. Not all courses are offered online.


Students are required to complete a concentrated interdisciplinary program and may select an area of specialization. The curriculum is composed of:

  • A required core in rehabilitation theory and practice
  • Research methodology related to rehabilitation
  • Advanced areas of specialization consistent with student's discipline and clinical expertise
  • Research apprenticeship
  • Teaching apprenticeship
  • Dissertation


Occupational therapists applying for admission must have a master's degree, be initially certified by NBCOT, and be eligible for licensure in occupational therapy.

Applicants must apply to both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

Application deadlines for admission to the program are as follows:

  • For Fall Semester: admission June 1st
  • For Spring Semester: admission October 1st
  • For Summer: admission March 1st

See the UK Graduate School website for Graduate School application timelines.


For more information, contact:
Dana Howell, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Doctoral Liaison
Department of Occupational Therapy
103 Dizney Building
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40474
Phone: 859-622-6256

Patrick Kitzman, PhD, MSPT
Director of Graduate Studies
Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program and
Division of Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky
Charles T. Wethington Building Rm. 210D
900 St. Limestone Avenue
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Office: 859-323-1100 ext. 80580
Fax: 859-323-6003
Phone: 859-323-1100, ext. 80557

Carl G. Mattacola, PhD, ATC
Program Director
Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
UK Charles T. Wethington Jr. Building
900 South Limestone, Rm. 210E
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: 859-323-1100, ext. 80497
Fax: 859-323-6003

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