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Dr. Faw is a neuroscientist and physical therapist who joined the Duke DPT faculty in 2020 after completing his PhD in Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. He is also a 2009 graduate of the Duke DPT program.
Dr. Faw’s research interests include cellular and molecular responses to central nervous system (CNS) damage; therapeutic strategies to promote CNS plasticity, repair, and functional recovery; and neurobiological mechanisms underlying rehabilitation and motor learning.
Dr. Faw is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (since 2011), who specializes in rehabilitation of individuals with CNS damage (i.e. spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, and stroke).
Dr. Faw’s translational research is informed by years of neurologic clinical practice and conducting foundational studies using clinically-relevant animal models of CNS injury. This research seeks to better understand the cellular and molecular responses underlying CNS damage and repair, as well as the ability of rehabilitation and/or novel therapeutics to influence these processes from rodents to humans. Cellular, molecular, genetic, and behavioral approaches performed in small animal models allow development and testing of therapeutics for clinical translation. Moreover, the use of clinically-relevant rehabilitation paradigms and behavioral outcomes in rodents, such as treadmill locomotion, kinematics, and magnetic resonance imaging, allow for rapid translation or even parallel study in clinical populations. The overall goal of Dr. Faw’s research program is to improve the ability of individuals living with neurologic dysfunction to participate in the things they find meaningful.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 919-681-4380 or email email@example.com.