Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration

Vision statement

The Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration will be a national leader in advancing rehabilitation science, education, and practice through patient-centered research, striving for an immediate impact on the health and well being of individuals and communities.

Primary collaboration goals

  • Create a contemporary model for collaborative and interdisciplinary research between an academic center and a rehabilitation centric health care system
  • Enhance the existing missions of UF PHHP and Brooks by providing opportunities for high quality rehabilitation research that positively impacts the delivery of clinical services
  • Obtain external grants in order to engage in interdisciplinary research activities that are focused on studying, improving and creating new approaches to treatment that can improve the outcomes and quality of life for individuals who receive rehabilitation services
  • Develop an organizational structure that fosters the advancement and productivity of UF and Brooks scholars at different stages of their career development
  • Contribute to an environment that supports and promotes inquiry and curiosity in the area of rehabilitation practice and science



  • Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration researchers have been awarded more than $2.5 million in grants from organizations such as the Veterans Affairs Administration, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Studies by collaboration researchers work have appeared in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, including the journals Physical Therapy, PAIN, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Collaboration researchers have made more than 100 presentations at local, national and international professional conferences, such as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists annual meeting and the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Collaboration clinicians have made 34 presentations at national meetings.

About Brooks Rehabilitation

Brooks Rehabilitation, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the largest independent and not-for-profit rehabilitation-centric providers of post-acute services. The inpatient hospital houses 160 beds with over 3,100 admissions annually. The Brooks system of care also includes a network of 28 outpatient therapy centers serving approximately 27,000 patients per year, the region’s largest home health agency serving 23 counties, in addition to skilled nursing and other rehabilitation, post-rehabilitation, and community benefit programs and services.

About PHHP

Unique among its peers, the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ eight departments encompass both public health and the health professions, thereby providing a fertile environment for the integration of population-based problem solving and individual patient care. These opportunities for collaboration in education, research and service further the college’s mission to preserve, promote and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals.


Meet the faculty and doctoral students who are members of the Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration team.

Director search

The University of Florida is currently seeking a new Brooks-PHHP Research Collaboration director to provide strategic leadership and vision for the collaboration. For more information, view the position posting.