Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health & Education / Research, Grants, & Sponsored Programs

Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health and Education (CARE)

The Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health and Education works to address the rehabilitative health needs of all individuals, with a special focus on African Americans and other minority populations across five key domains: clinical services, community-based services, educational services, policy reform, and research. The Center serves as an umbrella program, under which many of the works in the College of Health Sciences are attributed or housed; additionally, collaborative works with other colleges and institutions may be affiliated with the Center.

 The works of the Center address rehabilitative health and education needs of individuals and communities at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Healthy People 2020 (, a 10-year national campaign of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servcies, has the primary goal of “Improving access to comprehensive, quality health care services.” The four major topic areas are: 1) coverage; 2) services, 3) timeliness, and 4) workforce. Key objectives of Healthy People addresses all domains of health including improving access to care, eliminating barriers that create health disparities, increasing the number of underrepresented minority healthcare providers, and improving data collection on outcomes of various health initiatives.

Current Grants

Maternal and Child Health Pipeline Program

Anatomy in Rural Alabama:  A College-Community Partnership

Stride Rite shoe grant for biomechanical research

Research Projects

  • Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Department of Physical Therapy

Shining New Light on Physical Therapy Equipment:  Effectiveness of UV Light in Comparison to Detergent in the Reduction of Bacteria
Shanelle Bowen, student
Matthew Burke, student
Pamela Robinson, student
Mary Beth Downs, faculty
B.K. Robertson, faculty (biology department)
Cindy LaPorte, faculty

EMG Comparison of Five Muscles While Walking in Skechers Shape-Ups Fitness Shoes and Skechers Conventional Walking Shoes
Karen  Beckham, student
Keisha Davis, student
Elisa Turner, student
Cindy LaPorte, faculty
Barney LeVeau, faculty

Energy Cost in Healthy Individuals with Lower Leg Casting
Lena Hardy, student
Daie Johnson, student
Kiersten Koen, student
Cindy LaPorte, faculty
Valda Montgomery, faculty

EMG Comparison of Selected Thigh Muscles and Gluteus Maximus Using the Arc Trainer, Stairstepper, and Treadmill
Brandon Addison, student
Patrick Allen, student
Dane Moore, student
Barney LeVeau, faculty
Cindy LaPorte, faculty
Quadricep EMG Analysis:  Ascending Stairs vs. Stair Stepping Machine With and Without a Load
Hannah Burnette, student
Laurice Morton, student
Molly Nuss, student
Cindy LaPorte, faculty
Barney LeVeau, faculty

Comparison of Tonic and Phasic Techniques Using An Inertial Exercise Device for Knee Flexion and Extension
Barney LeVeau, faculty
Heather Hall Wells, student
Chatiz Ortiz, student
Cindy LaPorte, faculty

The Dermatome Conundrum
Mary Beth Downs, faculty

Dynamic Pressure Distribution of Generic and Name-Brand Insoles: Is There a Difference
Kristen Cunningham, student
Stephanie Gilenke, student
Jonathan Henderson, student
Cindy LaPorte, faculty
Barney LeVeau, faculty

The Effective Use of the Pedometer to Increase Walking in Postpartum African American Women
Valda H. Montgomery, PhD, LAT
Daneil L. Blessing, Ph.D. (Auburn University)