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Jennifer Canbek, PT, PhD, NCS

Jennifer Canbek
Program Director, Professional DPT, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1967


PhD in physical therapy at Nova Southeastern University in 2011

Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at Maryville University-St. Louis in 1998


American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Certification in Neurology 2010; recertification 2017


Dr. Canbek teaches medical terminology for physical therapists, teaches modules in the neuromuscular course series, and neuroscience course in the professional DPT program. She also teaches fundamentals, evidence-based practice and outcome measures, and professional roles courses in the neurological residency program. Dr. Canbek also mentors clinical residents and PhD dissertation students. 

Scholarly Activities and Research Interests

Dr. Canbek’s primary research interests include validation of functional performance-based outcome measures in people with stroke; measuring functional performance and outcomes in acute care patients; developing clinical decision making skills in PT students and novice clinicians; and using active and blended learning to enhance retention in PT education.


Dr. Canbek serves in the Boca Boating and Beach Bash for people with disabilities. 

Areas of Practice 

Dr. Canbek is a clinical mentor in the NSU Neurologic PT Residency program.

Professional Activity

Dr. Canbek is a nominating committee member on the board of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Clinical Reasoning Curricula and Assessment Consortium and serves as an item writer for Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) - ABPTS. 


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