The Rehabilitation Science Department at George Mason University is now accepting applications for our PhD program. Assistantships are available and include a competitive stipend, tuition waiver, and health care. This new and growing Department is focused on developing rehabilitation scientists with innovative and clinically relevant solutions for the challenges faced in physical rehabilitation. We are focused on identifying the tools that best address current rehabilitation needs and developing new therapies that enable more effective rehabilitation. Students who are interested in applying their education and interests to a rapidly growing field that incorporates technology, patient care, and clinical practices are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields include physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomechanics, motor control, motor learning and neuromuscular physiology. Our program is committed to the open exchange of ideas, challenging of paradigms, and independent discovery.

Recently rated as the ‘#1 Up-and-Coming University’ by US News and World Report, Mason combines the resources of larger universities with a flexibility not found in more established institutions. Our location in the DC area serves to provide a number of possible research collaborative opportunities with organizations such as the NIH Clinical Center, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital and numerous local hospitals and clinics. We also encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations with other University departments, such as those within the Colleges of Engineering and College of Science, as well as our own College of Health and Human Services.

Educational and research opportunities are well balanced by a rich cultural environment that includes the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (home to National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera) and the National Mall, with its monuments, museums, and galleries. Along with the many area professional and college sports teams, there is a broad spectrum of outdoor activities, supported by a moderate, four-season climate. Activities include hiking, camping and horseback riding in Shenandoah National Park, cycling along one of many urban trails, or visiting one of the many wineries across the state.

For more details about our program or to apply, please visit our website at:

For more detailed information about the Human Motion, Function, and Performance specialization, please contact:

Dr. Kevin Terry:

Questions about the Rehabilitation Science graduate program should be directed to:

Dr. Ali Weinstein, Director of Graduate Studies:

General questions about the Department should be addressed to:

Brett Say, Department Coordinator:

Other informational links:
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Shenandoah National Park
Virginia State Parks:
National Mall:
Virginia Wine: