Who We Are


Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS

Nicole Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. She graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. Dr. Dawson is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience along with a PhD in Adult Development & Aging Psychology. Her current area of research includes developing non-pharmacological interventions to improve functional and psychosocial outcomes in patients with dementia, identifying predictors of falls in older adults with cognitive impairment, as well as gaining a better understanding of the illness experience of individuals with dementia. Dr. Dawson has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Gerontologist and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She has presented at numerous international and national conferences on the subject. She is passionate about the bettering the treatment and care of these patients and is dedicated to assisting students and clinicians in gaining skills and knowledge to better help these patients maximize their potential.

☎ 407-823-1863

✉ Nicole.Dawson@ucf.edu

 ⚲  University of Central Florida: HPA I Room 258A

To learn more visit https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/nicole-dawson/

or http://nicoledawson.org/


Jennifer Tucker, PT, PCS

☎ 407-823-3461

✉ Jennifer.Tucker@ucf.edu

 ⚲  University of Central Florida: HPA I Room 263

To learn more visit https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/jennifer-tucker/


Graduate and Research Assistants

Research Assistant

Project Manager for Grow and Play

Melissa Karleskint, DPT

Jerilyn Toubman, DPT