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Beven P Livingston

Associate Professor | Physical Therapy Program

Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuroscience
  • Biomechanics & Kinesiology
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Rehabilitation and Motor Control of the Upper Extremity 


  • PhD   2007      Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MS     1998      Kinesiology & Health Promotions, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • BHS  1986      Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • BA     1982      Biology, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY


Beven Livingston joined the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences as an Assistant Professor in the August of 2008. She received a B.A. in Biology from the Transylvania University (1982), a B.H.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky (1986), a M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotions (Biomechanics) from the University of Kentucky (1998), and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (Proprioception in Motor Control of the Upper Limb) from Emory University (2007). She worked as a clinician for twelve years at the Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center as a physical therapist and an athletic trainer. She served as a PT/ATC for the United States Fed Cup team for thirteen years and worked the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, providing therapy and training services for the U.S. tennis team. Dr. Livingston currently teaches Gross Anatomy (PHT 6110C), Kinesiology (PHT 6122C), Neuroscience I: Clinical Neuroanatomy and Physiology (PHT 6161C) and Clinical Inquiry I (PHT 6606C). Her research interests include: 1) quantifying the mechanical properties of the upper extremity musculoskeletal system, 2) studying the role of muscle stiffness regulation in the motor coordination of the upper extremity for patients with various dysfunctions following injury, and 3) implementing Team-Based Learning in a physical therapy curriculum, along with evaluating the outcomes both in terms of success in the DPT program, in passing the PT licensure exams, and in becoming extraordinary physical therapy professionals. Beven, and her husband Donald, have three wonderfully active boys, Aiden, Kaelen and Kyle. Her number one hobby is playing competitive tennis.


  • ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, Scholar, 2001-2006
  • Pre-doctoral Trainee, Medical Rehabilitation Scientists, NICHD, NCMRR, 1998-2002
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1997
  • Transylvania University Athletic Hall of Fame, 1997
  • Omicron Delta Kappa and the Hollien Society, 1982


  • American Physical Therapy Association- Sports Medicine Section and Research Section
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Society for Neuroscience

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • Pre-doctoral Trainee, Medical Rehabilitation Scientists, NICHD, NCMRR, 1998-2002

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Sept. 2001 Functional Activation of the Extensor Carpi Radialis Muscle in Humans, BP Livingston, RL Segal, A Song, K Hopkins, AW English, CC Manning, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 82: 1164-1170.
  • Feb. 1997 Shoulder Rehabilitation: Clinical Application, Evaluation, and Rehabilitation Protocols, WB Kibler, BP Livingston, TJ Chandler, Instructional Course Lectures, AAOS Vol. 46.
  • Mar. 1996 Shoulder Range of Motion in Elite Tennis Players: Effect of Age and Years of Tournament Play, WB Kibler, TJ Chandler, BP Livingston, and EP Roetert, American College of Sports Medicine, Vol 24. No. 3.
  • Nov. 1995 Current Concepts in Shoulder Rehabilitation, WB Kibler, BP Livingston, and R Bruce, Advances in Operative Orthopaedics Vol. 3, Mosby.

Book Chapters

  • Jan. 2002 Racquet Sports, BP Livingston, TJ Chandler, WB Kibler, MR Safran,The Female Athlete, ed. ML Ireland and A Nattiv, Saunders (Elsevier Science), USA.
  • Jan. 2000 Open and Closed Chain Exercises for the Shoulder, BP Livingston,Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder: An Integration of the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, ed. B. Tovin and B. Greenfield, F.A. Davis Co.
  • Jan. 1996 Tournament Coverage, WB Kibler, BP Livingston, J McMullen,The U.S. Soccer Medicine Book, Willams & Wilkins.


  • Feb. 2000 Open vs. Closed Chain Exercises for the Upper Extremity: Selecting Shoulder Specific Exercises, Rehabilitation of Scapular Dysfunction and Early Glenohumeral ROM: Shoulder Exercise Progression, Sixth Annual Sports Medicine Symposium for the Health Care Professional, Dayton, OH.
  • June 1998 Open vs. Closed Chain Exercise for the Upper Extremity, ACSM,Orlando, FL.
  • Jan. 1998 The Shoulder, Workman Compensation Board of Manatoba,Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Sept. 1996 AOSSM Tutorial on the Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation,Lexington, KY.
  • June 1996 Rehabilitation of Scapular Dysfunction, NATA, Orlando, FL.
  • Feb. 1996 Basic Science and Clinical Application of Shoulder Rehabilitation,AAOS, Atlanta, GA.
  • Nov. 1995 The Role of Closed Chain Shoulder Exercises in Early ShoulderRehabilitation, PASSOR, Orlando, FL.
  • Oct. 1995 AOSSM Tutorial in Shoulder Elbow Rehabilitation, Lexington, KY.
  • Feb. 1995 Applied Concepts in Exercise Physiology: Physiology of Rehabilitation-Closed Kinetic Chain Rehabilitation of the Upper and Lower Extremity, AAOS, Orlando, FL.


  • Feb. 2011 Team-Based Learning in Gross Anatomy: Initial Experience in Physical Therapy Curriculum (poster), APTA CSM, New Orleans, LA
  • Nov. 2005 Kinematic and EMG Analysis of the Feline Forelimb during the Swing-phase of Slope Walking and Visually-guided Reaching (poster), SFN, Washington, DC.
  • Oct. 2004 Kinematic Analysis of Visually-Guided Reaching in the Denervated and Re-innervated Biceps and Triceps of the Feline Forelimb (poster), SFN, San Diego, CA
  • Nov. 2002 Kinematic Analysis of the Feline Forelimb during Level and Slope Walking and Visually-Guided Reaching (poster), SFN, Orlando, FL
  • Nov. 2002 Limb Control during Locomotion at Different Speeds and Gait (poster), SFN, Orlando, FL
  • Nov. 2001 The Organization of Heterogenic Force Feedback in the Feline Forelimb (poster), SFN, San Diego, CA
  • Nov. 2000 Spinal 5-HT2 Receptor Activation Produces Long-Lasting Modulation of the Flexion Withdrawal Reflex and Changes in Stiffness Regulation (poster), SFN, New Orleans, LA.
  • Oct. 1999 Magnetic Resonance Imaging T2 Times of Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus and Brevis after Isometric Exercise (poster), SFN, Miami, FL.
  • Sept.1999 Correlation of Lateral Scapular slide Measurements with X-ray Measurements (poster), ACSM, Seattle, WA.
  • June 1995 Shoulder Rotational Range of Motion Differences in Elite Male versus Female Tennis Players (poster), ACSM, Minneapolis, MN.

Contact Information

Building 39, Room 2051

(904) 620-2685