Alumni and Friends

A Message from the Dean

A Message to Our Friends and Alumni 

Bringing you up to date on the activities of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the context of the College is a pleasure, and I appreciate the opportunity. I write this as I wrap up my first year as Dean, and it has been a good one. I spent the year trying to get a deeper understanding about the schools, departments, research labs, clinics and other academic units that complement physical therapy in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences – it is an enterprise with a lot of moving parts. Building effective collaboration should always be in the wheelhouse of any College, and I have been delighted at the College’s progress made in the past year. Physical therapy may well have the most robust presence in the College and the past several years provide the evidence, which includes; a new innovative curricular model that engages our superlative clinic and is stimulating discussion in other departments about how innovation is vital; new research in traumatic brain injury assessment and treatment and the development of the Neural Injury Center (NIC) is being driven by scientists in the Motor Control Lab while creating collaboration within the College and across campus; the NIC is actively reaching out to veterans and others suffering from concussive injury to improve quality of life and student success while disseminating critical research and developing best practices. Innovative clinical research is being conducted in the Movement Science Lab and serves as a strong attractant to high school and new undergraduates in the consideration of a career in the health professions. These are just a couple of examples about how PT is a shining star on this campus with a bright future. We look forward to the arrival this fall and leadership of the School’s new Chair, Anita Santasier. I would also like to convey my sincere appreciation for the efforts of Ryan Mizner for his leadership in the position of interim chair over the past year, and bid adieu to Beth Ikeda and Toby Kinney while thanking them for sharing their expertise over the years. It is an exciting time for the School and I hope you are both proud and supportive of UMPT. I may have moved upstairs, but I’m always happy to hear from you, so stay in touch!

Best Regards,


Reed Humphrey, PhD

Dean & Professor

College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences