Kaci Handlery, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Kaci Handlery is an assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Indiana State University, her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Carolina and is actively pursuing her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership.

She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy with over 6 years of clinical experience primarily treating individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke in the acute phase of recovery. She previously served as a research physical therapist at the Motor Behavior and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of South Carolina investigating the effects of upper extremity task-oriented training interventions for people with chronic stroke. Her current research interests include utilizing qualitative methodology to investigate the impact and lived experiences of community-based physical activity and exercise interventions for people with neurologic diagnoses. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking throughout the United States, bungee jumping, searching for the best local coffee and doughnuts, and spending time with her dogs and husband.


  • Pursuing Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN


  • 2018 - Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • 2020 - Recipient of the Early Career Professional Award, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • 2021 - Awarded a $94,000 Creating Opportunity and Independence grant from the Craig H. Neilsen
  • 2022 - Recipient of the ACHE Faculty Excellence Award in Service

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Accessible and Adaptive Exercise
  • Acute Care Physical Therapy

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