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Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PT, DPT, PhD, CNT

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1653 alicfern@nova.edu

Education

Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez graduated from the University of Oviedo (Spain) with a degree in physical therapy (“Diplomado en Fisioterapia”). After moving to the U.S., she attended Florida International University where she earned a B.S. in Health Sciences, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in chemistry, and M.S. in Physical Therapy. She then completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. Upon completion of her PhD, she earned the Outstanding Doctoral Degree Graduate Award from the FIU College of Engineering and Computing.

Certifications

Dr Fernandez-Fernandez is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, a Certified Theratogs® Fitter, a Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist, and a Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist.

Teaching

Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez is course leader in PHT 6715: Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology, and PHT 6813: Gender Issues in Physical Therapy. She also teaches in PHT 6915: Prosthetics and Orthotics, PHT 6817: Pediatrics I; and PHT 6819: Pediatrics II, and helps in other classes as needed. She is involved in the t-DPT program teaching PHT 7845: Pediatric Client Management, and in the PhD program as dissertation faculty.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez’s research interests encompass pediatrics, biomechanics, pregnancy health, clinical decision-making, innovative educational approaches, and the development of therapeutic and theranostic agents for cancer. As described in her Google Scholar profile, she has published extensively including peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters; and she has co-authored and presented abstracts and proceedings in national and international conferences. In 2015, she received the NSU College of Health Care Sciences Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award, and she currently has grant funding from several sources including the National Science Foundation. 

Areas of Practice

Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez practiced in a variety of settings as a physical therapist in Spain, predominantly outpatient practice with all age groups, before moving to the U.S. She started practicing at the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 2003 and continues to be involved on a per diem basis and providing pediatric clinical experiences to NSU students as part of their pediatric coursework. She is also active as a pediatric continuing education provider.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Fernandez-Fernandez has been an APTA member since 2000 and she is currently a member of the Pediatrics, Research, Education, and Acute Care Sections.  She is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the National Association of Neonatal Therapists. Dr Fernandez-Fernandez serves at the national level in several professional associations, including the American Physical Therapy Association (section on research abstract review committee), the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (examination manager and testing center liaison), and Alpha Eta Mu Beta (national treasurer, and member of the MINDS Scholar Program committee). She reviews manuscripts for several professional journals including Pediatric Physical Therapy; Fisioterapia (Journal of the Spanish Physical Therapy Association); International Journal of Nanomedicine; Drug Design, Development and Therapy; Nanotehcnology, Science and Applications; and Journal of Multidisciplinary Health Care, among others. Dr Fernandez-Fernandez has been an abstract reviewer or session chair in several local, national and international conferences including NanoFlorida, World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, and BMES.

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