Kavya S Nair

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Office
1301 Cecil B Morre Avenue

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Number

Name

Level

PHTH 8111

Clinical Examination and Intervention Skills II

Graduate

PHTH 8113

Evidence Based Practice I

Graduate

PHTH 8151

Evidence Based Practice III

Graduate

PHTH 8155

Elective - Pediatrics

Graduate

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