Richard Souza, PhD
|Title||Assistant Professor in Residence|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Department||Physical Therapy & Rehab Sciences|
|Address||185 Berry Street, Suite 350|
|California Physical Therapy Association||2009||Student Research Publication Award|
|USC, Dept. Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy||2008||Order of the Golden Cane|
|Southern California Conference of Biomechanics||2008||Outstanding Presentation Award|
|Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, USC||2008||USC Research Day; 1st Place|
|Best overall outstanding presentation at USC Research Day||2008||The Dean’s Research Award|
|American College of Sports Medicine, Biomechanics Interest Group||2008||Student Research Award|
|Foundation for Physical Therapy||2007||Promotion of Doctoral Students (PODS II) Scholarship|
|University of Southern California||2007||Outstanding Teaching Award|
|USC, Dept. of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy||2006||Jacqueline Perry Scholarship Award|
|USC, Dept. of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy ||2006||Outstanding Mentorship Award |
|Foundation for Physical Therapy||2006||Promotion of Doctoral Students (PODS II) Scholarship|
|Southern California Conference of Biomechanics ||2005||Outstanding Presentation Award|
|Foundation for Physical Therapy||2004||Promotion of Doctoral Students (PODS I) Scholarship|
|Samuel Merritt College, Dept. of Physical Therapy||2002||Outstanding Student Award|
|California Physical Therapy Association ||2001||Physical Therapy Professional Education Scholarship|
|University of California, Davis Athletic Training Program||2001||Dick Lewis Award|
Richard Souza, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, with joint appointment in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical and Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Director of Research of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Souza obtained his BS in Exercise Science from the University of California, Davis in 1998, and he received his MPT in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt College, Oakland in 2002. He earned his PhD in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California in 2008, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Imaging from the University of California, San Francisco in 2009.
Dr. Souza’s research interests are focused on the relationships between mechanics of human movement and advanced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging of the knee. Presently, he is involved in projects that evaluate the influence of loading behavior on cartilage health and determining effectiveness of prevention and rehabilitation strategies on tissue biochemistry. Dr. Souza’s future research goals include combining his background in biomechanics and motion analysis with advanced quantitative imaging techniques to investigate lower extremity orthopaedic pathology.
Dr. Souza is involved with the UCSF RunSafe team, a program which is offered to all runners or walkers interested in a comprehensive evaluation of gait mechanics, strength and flexibility, foot structure and footwear choices, and nutritional approaches. In the RunSafe clinic, Dr. Souza collaborates with physicians, biomechanists, physical therapists, engineers, nutritionists, orthotists, and athletic trainers. He has 31 published articles, and he has written 36 peer-reviewed articles and 5 significant publications.
Physical therapy, orthopaedic diseases, knee
Injury mechanics, rehabilitation, lower extremity biomechanics, injury prevention, osteoarthritis, medical imaging, dynamic magnetic resonance imaging, motion analysis, quantitative imaging
Education and Training:
• Bachelor of Science: University of California, Davis - Exercise Science
• Masters of Physical Therapy: Samuel Merritt College, Oakland - Physical Therapy
• Doctor of Philosophy: University of Southern California - Biokinesiology
• Postdoctoral Fellow: University of California, San Francisco - Biomedical Imaging
Injury mechanics, rehabilitation, lower extremity biomechanics, injury prevention, osteoarthritis, medical imaging, dynamic magnetic resonance imaging, motion analysis, quantitative imaging.
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