- Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
- Master of Science in Physical Therapy
Florida International University, Miami, FL
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Scholarly Activities and Interests
Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd received her PhD in Physical Therapy (Outcome Measures) at the University of Miami (UM), under the mentorship of Dr. Neva Kirk-Sanchez, PhD, PT. Her research focus and training was in the area of outcome measures in the clinic, community and school based settings. Her doctoral research is titled: Comparison of Impairments, Activity Limitations, Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy among Healthy Weight, Overweight and Obese Minority Middle School Children was published in Pediatric Physical Therapy and received the Jeanne Hughes Award in 2014 for best manuscript by individuals studying in an educational program. Her research experiences focuses on community and school-based engagement, as she believes it is critical to advancing health equity. Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd also served as the Project Manager for Miami-Dade County Public School’s Community Transformation Grant-Small Communities (CTG). CTG was funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 2012-2014. She was in direct contact and collaborated with local South Florida community and national partners Her more recent research examines the Effects of a Physical Activity Enhancement Physical Education Program in High School Adolescents from Underserved Population. She also received a Health Foundation of South Florida Grant in 2016 to implement a physical activity curriculum at Pre-K classrooms in Broward County Public Schools.
Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd is course leader in PHT 6717: Systems Management I: Medical Pathology and Pharmacology; PHT 6835: Systems Management III: Medical Screening and Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists and PHT 6815: Physical Agents. She also teaches in PHT 5610: Clinical Applications of Anatomy for Physical Therapists.
Areas of Practice
Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd’s clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedic/neurological settings in Miami, FL. She continues to be involved in the clinic on a per diem basis.
Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd received her Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification from The Ola Grimsby Institute, San Diego, CA in August 2006
Professional Activity & Service
Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd has been an APTA member since 2002 and she is currently a member of the Pediatric Section and Health Policy & Administration Section. She reviews manuscripts for professional journals including Pediatric Physical Therapy and the European Journal of Pediatrics. Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd was also an invited participant for round table discussions for the Global Policy Solutions’ Allies for the Reaching Community Health Equity’s (ARCHE) Women's Wealth and Health Equity Summit in July of 2017.
Agency: Nova Southeastern University President's Quality of Life Faculty Community-Based Applied Research Grant.
Title: Project REACH: Recreation, Engagement, Access, Community and Health for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Funding Period: July 2018-July 2019
Agency: Nova Southeastern University-HPD Educational Research Grant
Title: Student Outcomes Following Community-Based Interprofessional Education Addressing Health and Wellness for Young Adults with Autism
Funding Period: September 2017-September 2018
Agency: Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF)
Title: Enabling Preschool Physical Activity
The goal of this research is to investigate the efficacy a physical activity curriculum for pre-kindergarten children diagnosed with a developmental delay.
Funding Period: April 2016-April 2017
iTRACE Research Foundation, Inc.
Title: Effects of a Physical Activity Enhancement Physical Education Program
The overall goal of this research study is examine the physical and behavioral effects of a novel Physical Activity tracker (Fitbit-flex) in conjunction with the school-based health/wellness curriculum (HOPE) among ethnically/racially diverse adolescents who are at risk of declining their level of physical activity. The research study has received WIRB® Protocol approval and was recently approved by the Broward School Board. Data collection begins in October 2015.
Funding Period: 09/2015-10/2016
Agency: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Community Transformation Grant (CTG)-Small Communities.
Title: 305-Play, Eat, Succeed J. Greenberg (PI)
Role: Project Manager
Funding Period: September 2012-September 2014
Agency: APTA, Section of Pediatrics (SOP) Research Grant; iTrace Foundation Research Grant
Title: Comparison of strength, balance, motor proficiency and endurance among healthy weight, overweight, and obese middle school children.
Funding: $10,000; $5,000
Funding Period: 10/01/2010-2011
Agency: National Institute on Aging, NIH #1RC1AG035933-01
Title: Exercise vs Cognitive Interventions for Elders at Risk for
Dementia, Lowenstein (PI),
Role: Research Physical Therapist
Funding Period: 10/2009-10/2011
Agency: State of Florida, Johnny B. Byrd Sr, Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute
Title: Physical activity, fitness, and cognition among participants in the Florida ADRC Clinical core. Kirk-Sanchez, (PI)
Role: Research Physical Therapist
Funding Period: 5/1/08-4/30/09
Agency: PEP (Physical Education for Progress) Grant, Shaping the Future II, III project.
Title: Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Increasing physical activity participation through an innovative school-based wellness program with exercise equipment in selected Middle Schools in Miami–Dade County. J. Greenberg (PI)
Role: Clinical Consultant
Funding Period: 5/2007- 5/2010
Selected Presentations and Publications:
Tovin M, Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Kara Babineau K, Dib L, Most M; Wohltman H.Young. Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Fitness Outcomes Following a Community-based Physical Activity Program. Accepted for Platform Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2018.
Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Jaffe L, Kuik M, Mena J, Mezzasalma E, Mitchel R, Gaunaurd I, Raya M. Health and Fitness Outcomes Among High School Adolescents From Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). Accepted for Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2018.
Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Jaffe LA, Gaunaurd IA, Raya M. A Preliminary Validation Of The Fitbit Flex Tm Physical Activity Monitor As A Measure of Free-Living Physical Activity Among High School Adolescents. Abstracts of the Academy of
Pediatric Physical Therapy Poster Presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting.2017. Pediatric Physical Therapy 29(1): E7-E43.
Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Raya, M, Roach K, Moore J, Gaunaurd, I, Kirk-Sanchez N. Predictors of the 6-Minute Walking Test in Hispanic Middle School Youth. Accepted for Platform Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2016.
Roach K, Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Greenberg J, Masin H, Stokes R. Gender Differences by age in Physical Fitness and Response to a Fitness Education PE Class in Minority Students Ages 12 to 18. Accepted for Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2015.
Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Roach K, Kirk-Sanchez N, Moore J. “The Utility of Waist to Height Ratio in the Assessment of Physical Activity Self-Efficacy and Motor Proficiency in Overweight and Obese Middle School Children" Accepted for Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2014.
Roach K, Greenberg J, Masin H, Stokes R, Nunez-Gaunaurd A. "The Impact of a Personal Fitness Physical Education Program on Physical Fitness in Obese and Overweight High School Students" Accepted for Poster Presentation, American Physical Therapy Association. Combined Sections Meeting, 2014.
Nunez-Gaunaurd, A., Moore, J. G., Roach, K. E., Miller, T. L., & Kirk-Sanchez, N. J. (2013). Motor Proficiency, Strength, Endurance, and Physical Activity Among Middle School Children Who Are Healthy, Overweight, and Obese. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(2), 130-138. http://journals.lww.com/pedpt/Fulltext/2013/25020/Motor_Proficiency,_Strength,_Endurance,_and.2.aspx
Nunez-Gaunaurd A, Kirk-Sanchez NJ. “Health Outcomes of an Extracurricular Family-based Intervention for Physical Activity in Three Hispanic Male Children” (PTJPAL)Physical Therapy Journal of Policy, Administration, and Leadership.
Vol.11 (3).August 2011.
Kirk-Sanchez NJ, Nunez A, Abreu M, Holt K, Joseph S, Kim A. Activity limitations in Hispanic, Haitian, and African-American adults with obesity and osteoarthritis seen in a primary care community health center. Poster presentation, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. February, 2009.
Kirk-Sanchez NJ, Gruen S, Jorge A, Melo H, Nunez A. S Salinas. Perceived Exercise Benefits and Barriers For Older Adults Attending Community Centers in South Florida. Physical Therapy, June 2005.
Kirk-Sanchez NJ, Melo H, Nunez A, Salinas S, Gruen S, Jorge A. Assessing Health Disparities in Members of Minority Ethnic Groups who Attend Senior Centers in South Florida. Poster presentation, Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA. February, 2005. J Geriatric Phys Ther. 27(3), 2004.