Kavya S Nair

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Ritter Annex 623


Dr. Kavya S. Nair is an instructional faculty member in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. She has extensive academic and clinical experience in neurological and pediatric physical therapy. Dr. Nair’s training includes an entry-level physiotherapy bachelor's from the Mahatma Gandhi University, India; a master's in neurological physiotherapy from the Mahatma Gandhi University, India; and a PhD in rehabilitation science from University of Florida. Dr. Nair’s research is focused on monitoring disease progression in Duchenne muscular dystrophy using magnetic resonance biomarkers and functional outcome measures. She has also worked for many clinical trials at ImagingNMD, University of Florida. Her extensive interdisciplinary clinical research training and experience as a physical therapy educator has evolved her teaching philosophy to strongly embrace and emphasize the use of evidence-based practice to improve the effectiveness of physical therapy care for patients. Dr. Nair is an advocate of diversity, equality and inclusion in physical therapy curricula, and her teaching mission is to inspire the spirit of enquiry in students, challenge their assumptions, and train the next generation of physical therapists to become leaders in physical therapy profession.


  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida
  • Master of Physical Therapy, M.G. University, India
  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy, M.G. University, India

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




PHTH 8111

Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills II


PHTH 8113

Evidence Based Practice I


PHTH 8114



PHTH 8116

Motor Control and Learning


PHTH 8118

Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills III


PHTH 8123

Development Across the Lifespan


PHTH 8127

Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions I


PHTH 8133

Clinical Management of Neuromuscular Conditions II


PHTH 8143

Management of the Medically Complex Patient


PHTH 8146

Clinical Management of Pediatrics


PHTH 8151

Evidence Based Practice III


PHTH 8155

Elective - Pediatrics


Selected Publications

  • Nair, K.S., Lott, D.J., Forbes, S.C., Barnard, A.M., Willcocks, R.J., Senesac, C.R., Daniels, M.J., Harrington, A.T., Tennekoon, G.I., Zilke, K., Finanger, E.L., Finkel, R.S., Rooney, W.D., Walter, G.A., & Vandenborne, K. (2022). Step Activity Monitoring in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and its Correlation with Magnetic Resonance Measures and Functional Performance. J Neuromuscul Dis, 9(3), pp. 423-436. Netherlands. doi: 10.3233/JND-210746

  • Senesac, C.R., Barnard, A.M., Lott, D.J., Nair, K.S., Harrington, A.T., Willcocks, R.J., Zilke, K.L., Rooney, W.D., Walter, G.A., & Vandenborne, K. (2020). Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Linking Findings to the Physical Therapy Clinic. Phys Ther, 100(11), pp. 2035-2048. United States. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa140