From orthopedic and cardiovascular physiology to lifestyle interventions and athletic performance, our researchers focus on disease prevention and management as well as recovery from injury and surgery.
Our experts in this area study everything from stroke and pelvic floor rehabilitation to brain mapping and noninvasive neuroimaging to better understand how the brain and spinal cord control human movement.
Our investigators aim to deepen understanding of brain development in its earliest stages to promote early identification of and intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
The translational scientists in this area of study seek to better understand and manage a host of acute, chronic and recurrent conditions relating to aging, disease, sports and other activities, as well as pain states.
Our researchers aim to advance the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy’s vision for transforming physical therapy education. We study and disseminate best practices in teaching and learning from classroom to clinical settings
Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship researchers work to investigate the effectiveness of our Division’s equity and anti-racism work and to ensure that this work is disseminated to our professional colleagues in other physical therapy programs and organizations.
Throughout our research enterprise, we emphasize partnerships that advance the field, including understanding chronic pain, improving cancer recovery, exercising for brain health, preventing injuries in athletes and more.
The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy maintains two research centers: