Chitra Lakshmi K Balasubramanian, PhD - Assistant Professor, Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences

A native of New Delhi, India, Chitra Lakshmi K Balasubramanian completed her undergraduate studies in Physical Therapy from Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Manipal, India. She practiced as a physical therapist for several years in a variety of adult acute-care, adult and pediatric home-health, and pediatric rehabilitation settings. In 2008, she graduated with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Currently, Dr. Balasubramanian pursues an active research agenda at UNF in the area of walking and balance rehabilitation for individuals diagnosed with a stroke and older adults. Dr. Balasubramanian also teaches several graduate level courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at UNF. Particularly, she enjoys developing community-based transformational learning experiences for her students since she believes such experiences to be potent mechanisms to enhance effective student learning.


In 2010, Dr. Balasubramanian served as the Department team leader of the ‘Engaged Department Grant’ awarded by the Center for Community-Based Learning. The purpose of this award was to introduce and seed community-based learning experiences for students and faculty in the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS). She represented the department in engaged department institute meetings, planned course objectives to align with transformational and community-based learning experiences, and aided in organizing a workshop to assist CAMS faculty in revising their syllabi and address community-engaged concepts.

 

As a Community Scholar, Dr. Balasubramanian has developed a community-based project in response to a need in the community. Her project will enable DPT students to internalize the impact of physical disability and develop core values of compassion, altruism, accountability, and social responsibility. More information about this experience can be found here. She also initiated a pilot of this project in Spring 2015 and more information about this pilot experience can be found here.