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Involved in the field of physical therapy for nearly 40 years, Kathye Light teaches and coordinates a number of courses and independent studies as Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy in the University of Florida's College of Health Professions. A respected teacher, some of her students have obtained research awards, and she has earned several nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards. In addition to serving on various committees throughout the institution, Light also holds joint appointments with the University of Florida's Brain Institute, College of Health and Human Performance, and Institute of Aging. Outside of the school, Kathye Light engages in numerous grant-winning research projects. State and federal organizations have provided her with millions of dollars to investigate constraint-induced therapy, stroke rehabilitation, the Wolf Motor Function Test, and frailty. Additionally, Light serves as a Manuscript Reviewer for Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and other popular professional journals. Before joining the University of Florida, Kathye Light dedicated her educational career to physical therapy. After acquiring her Bachelor of Science in the subject at the University of Missouri, Light received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine, performed graduate studies in Therapeutics and Exercise Physiology at the University of Florida, and garnered a Doctor of Philosophy in Motor Control from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout this period, she worked as a Staff Physical Therapist at hospitals and retirement communities while acting as a teaching assistant. Subsequently, Kathye Light entered academics full-time as an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked for five years.

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Work experience

Jun 1993Present

Professor, Education and Research

University of Florida

Details:Educator and Researcher

Responsibilities:Teach, Research, Clinical Practice

Achievements:Numerous research and teaching awards.


Sep 1970Dec 1988


University of Texas

BS, MS, PhDPhysical Therapy , Neuroscience, GeriatricUniversity of Missouri, Medical College of Virginia, University of Texas