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Andrea L. Behrman, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Louisville

andrea behrmanAndrea L. Behrman is Professor at the University of Louisville, Kosair Charities Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurorecovery, Department of Neurosurgery, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Louisville, KY. Dr. Behrman is the Director of the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery providing activity-based therapies to promote recovery from neurologic injury in children and conducting research to inform clinical practice.

As a physical therapist, her research focuses on developing therapeutic interventions promoting recovery after SCI in children and adults using principles of activity-dependent plasticity and an understanding of the neurobiology of motor control and walking. She partners with basic scientists as a collaborative team conducting bi-directional translational research from bench to bedside to playground/park bench and back. Her work has been funded by NIH, the Dept. of VA – Rehab Research and Development, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

She is a Fellow of the APTA (2009) and recipient of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Research Award (2006), the Maley Lectureship APTA (2014), and the Anne-Shumway Cook Lectureship (2017). Behrman received a B.S. in Biology from Furman University, an M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Motor Control and Learning from the University of Florida.


Learn more about the work Dr. Behrman and her team are doing at The Kosair for Kids Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery.

We are Actively Screening Children and Adolescents with Spinal Cord Injuries for Participation in Recovery-based Therapies and Research.

Please Contact Us to learn more and see if your child could be eligible.