Dr. Jennifer Tucker
Dr. Jennifer Tucker
Associate Director of Health Professions and Clinical Education

Jennifer Tucker, PT, DPT, PCS is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida,  the Director of UCF Go Baby Go!,  and the Co-Director of the IMove Lab. Dr. Tucker is engaged in research projects exploring innovative approaches to promoting participation and physical activity in children with and without disabilities. These community outreach and research activities have focused on medically complex children with motor impairments including children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  These research and service activities have been collaborative in nature incorporating other health care professionals and educators.  The collaborative nature of her work allows for the complex needs of the children to examined through different perspectives resulting in novel approaches to promoting mobility and physical activity in enriched and inclusive settings. As a pediatric physical therapist with over twenty years of clinical experience, Dr. Tucker understands the medical complexities associated with different diagnoses , as well as, the psychosocial and educational implications.  She has a long standing relationships in the community with medical professionals, as well as, teachers and school based therapists.  These diverse relationships offer insights into both the medical and educational environments in which children live. Dr. Tucker is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Exceptional Education.  She serves  as a link between the medical and educational communities helping all stakeholders explore novel ways to collaborate and improve the quality of life for children.  Dr. Tucker serves  on the Medical Advisory Board for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida and the University of Central Florida Creative School.  She has published and presented nationally on interprofessional education, physical activity in children, and novel approached to promoting mobility in children with motor impairments.