UF Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation research

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Message from the vice chair of research

Heather Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM

We are advancing the field of Physiatry through discovery of new methods to increase and preserve physical and psychological function, to increase efficiency of physiatric care delivery and attain high quality of life. Our faculty are exploring new ways to help individuals successfully navigate the life challenges of acute injury, chronic injury or chronic conditions though rehabilitation, combined medical approaches and patient-focused programs.


Resident Research Accomplishments

Published Research

  • Drs. Thompson and Brownstein: “Considerations beyond spine pain: do different co-occurring lower body joint pains differentially influence physical function and quality of life ratings?” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2024, 25(1):269. PMID:38589851
  • Dr. Drozda: “Physical activity positively impacts disability outcomes during transition from midlife to early older age irrespective of body mass index.” Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.2024, 120:105339.
  • Dr. Madsen: “Anxiety state impact on recovery of runners with lower extremity injuries.” PLoS One. 2022, 17(12): e0278444. PMID: 36454920.


  • Dr. Madsen: “Epidemiology and Meta-Analysis of Figure Skating Injuries Among Discipline and Sex. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 2024, Boston, MA
  • Drs. Thompson and Kiehl: “Life exposure to strength training on knee pain and physical function in later life: the OAI evidence. American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), 2024, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Dr. Conic: “A dive into the Mapp Data: urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome and hypertension. Journal of Pain. 2023; 24 (4): S3-4
  • Dr. Fryar: “Recurrent Fibular Stress Fracture in Collegiate Softball Pitcher: A Case Report.” AMSSM 2023, Phoenix, AZ
  • Dr. Drozda: “Low Back Pain Induced Biomechanical Effects on Running Motion, A Case Controlled Comparative Study.” Thematic poster selection, at American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Denver CO, May 28-June 2, 2023 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2023, 55(9S):829.
  • Drs. Conic and Pendem: “. Lower Admission Key IRF-PAI Functional Scores Correspond to Higher Rate of Non-Home Discharge Among Lower Extremity Amputees.” AAPMR 2023, New Orleans, LA
  • Drs. Pendem and Conic: “Body Mass Index Impacts Postacute Rehabilitation Outcomes and Discharge Home after Lower Limb Amputation, AAPMR 2023, New Orleans, LA

SCope of research


Research services

Our team collaborates extensively with colleagues in several departments in the College of Medicine, the University, and other institutions on grant applications and funded projects that measure fitness, physical function, exercise capacity, body composition and gait in children and adults.

PM&R Research LAbS


Exercise Medicine & Functional Fitness Laboratory

The UF Physical Medicine in the Exercise Medicine and Functional Fitness Laboratory is committed to performing highly impactful rigorous research to improve patient functional capacity and quality of life across the age and ability spectrum. Through multidisciplinary research teams, we employ a combination of epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and community engagement approaches to develop new therapeutics and injury prevention programs. Our research extends into musculoskeletal health and disease, sports medicine, spine and multi-joint pain, inpatient rehabilitation, stroke and traumatic brain injury.



Translational Research in Assessment and Intervention Lab