Barbara K. Smith, PT, PhD

Barbara Smith, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Research InterestsBarb Smith
Dr. Smith’s research interests are the control of breathing in conditions of health and disease, and harnessing rehabilitation and regenerative therapies to restore ventilation in cases of injury or neuromuscular disease. Current research projects include: (1) mechanisms of inspiratory load compensation in neuromuscular disease, (2) use of imaging and other non-volitional evaluations of cardiopulmonary function in neuromuscular disease, and (3) effect of regenerative technologies (e.g. gene therapy, diaphragm pacing) on quality of life and ventilation recovery. Dr. Smith is active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She serves on the Regenerative Rehabilitation Committee of APTA’s Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science & Technology (FiRST) Initiative and is the Research Chair of the Acute Care Section, APTA.

Degrees and Training

  • BS in Molecular Biology, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
  • MPT in Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • PhD in Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL