Katherine Buzzanca-Fried

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Katherine is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program with a concentration in Neuromuscular Plasticity at the University of Florida. Her doctoral work focuses on the predictors of persisting symptoms after concussion, with an emphasis on fear-based psychological constructs and autonomic nervous system dysfunction after mild traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Katherine is pursuing a graduate certificate in Implementation Science with the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the UF College of Medicine. In addition to her role as a doctoral student, Katherine has served as a research coordinator for the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Brooks Rehabilitation and has been a member of the Brooks and College of Public Health and Health Professions Collaboration since 2019. Katherine is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida for the doctoral-level course Evidence-Based Practice. Her doctoral training, role with the Brooks Clinical Research Center, and teaching responsibilities are under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Beneciuk.

Focus Areas

Katie has knowledge and experience with the following area:

      • • Autonomic Nervous System
        • Psychological Predictors of Chronic Pain
        • Implementation Science
        • Neuromuscular Plasticity
        • Traumatic Brain Injury

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