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Matthew Ford, PT, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences, Samford University

FordMatthew Ford is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University, a MA and in Motor Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Motor Behavior from Pennsylvania State University. He previously held faculty positions in the Departments of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Saint Francis University. He has spent the past 10 years working with persons with Parkinson’s in both a research and service capacity in collaboration with the Department of Neurology – UAB, Center for Exercise Medicine – UAB, Lakeshore Foundation, Neuromuscular Rehab and Balance Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama and the Davis Phinney Foundation. Matt is a regular speaker at The Victory Summit symposia on the subject of “exercising for the rest of your life” and is featured on the Foundation’s “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials” DVD.  He resides in Alabama with his wife, Kim, and their sons, Dylan and Jack.