Reed Handlery, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Dr. Reed Handlery is an assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and PhD at the University of South Carolina. He has worked clinically in outpatient orthopedics and neurology, as well as acute care. His research focuses on physical activity for individuals with disability, specifically those with neurological diagnoses such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease. He has presented his research nationally and internationally and plans to bring community-based physical activity interventions to Fort Smith and the surrounding areas. Outside of research and the classroom you can find Reed hiking or biking with his wife and two dogs.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. December 2020
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. December 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL. May 2012


  • 2021 Best Abstract (“Stepping with Parkinson’s”) by Post-Professional Student from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Received funding from the Foundation of Physical Therapy Research, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, Parkinson’s Foundation
  • Peer reviewed publications in Physical Therapy Journal, the Journal of the American Heart Association, Physiotherapy Canada
  • Founder of The Gamecock Challenge, a service event which aims to increase and support diversity in health professions including physical therapy

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Physical activity
  • Exercise science
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
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