Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

College of Health & Human Performance

53%

of PhD students have published at least 1 paper in the last year

35.7%

of APK students applying to Medical School get in

$4.7 million

in Total research expenditures in last year

Dr. Evangelos Christou

Professor

Dr. Christou’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms that impair motor control with healthy aging and movement disorders, such as Essential Tremor and Ataxia. He is developing innovative rehabilitation tools to enhance function in people with motor control deficits.View More

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Dr. Stephen Coombes

Associate Professor

Stephen Coombes investigates how the brain controls movement and how the brain processes pain. He studies how these systems are altered in different chronic pain conditionings and leverages this knowledge to understand why interventions for chronic pain work, and how they can be improved. His current research is focused on combining virtual reality with brain imaging to understand how pain changes the way that we move and to better implement pain treatments to target neural activity to relive pain and restore function. He studies patients with chronic jaw pain and patients with chronic low back pain.View More

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Dr. Josie Ahlgren

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Ahlgren specializes in Anatomy and Physiology teaching within the department. She was recognized by the University as the top undergraduate teacher for the University in 2016-2017. Her challenging courses are loved by students, and she plays a leading role in directing the Undergraduate Program for APK. View More

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Dr. Evangelos Christou

Professor

Dr. Christou’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms that impair motor control with healthy aging and movement disorders, such as Essential Tremor and Ataxia. He is developing innovative rehabilitation tools to enhance function in people with motor control deficits.View More

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Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

The Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK) studies the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in performance enhancement and disease prevention and rehabilitation. Degree specializations include exercise physiology, fitness/wellness, athletic training, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control and human performance.

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Recent News

Partnership between Disney Aspire & HHP

As early as Fall 2019, qualified online master's degree programs will include tourism & recreation, applied physiology & kinesiology, health education & behavior, and mass communications. 

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Movement Planning and Motor Speed

Christou lab publishes a new paper in Journal of Neurophysiology focused on perturbations to motor planning.

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APK Sponsorship for PHHP's Latest Conference

APK assists in sponsorship for the The University of Florida's The Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health & Dsiease Conference.

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Movement Disorders Training Program Hosts NINDS Leadership

The University of Florida’s Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration Program hosts Leadership from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke of the National Institutes of Health.

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New Funding for Peripheral Artery Disease

Dr. Terence Ryan funded to offer a new approach to Peripheral Artery Disease. This novel approach provides long awaited hope that PAD patients may have treatment options in the future that will reduce their pain, exercise intolerance and life changing symptoms.