CHP building at night

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (DRS) of the College of Health Professions is the home to the three rehabilitation-oriented divisions that have professional practice programs, researchers and clinicians. The newly established Division of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) includes Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program joins the long-standing Divisions of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy that include the nationally ranked Occupational Therapy Doctorate and Doctor of Physical Therapy that are within their respective divisions. Our programs have some of the most selective admissions in the country. The divisions of department are collaborating to start an interprofessional Neurorehabilitation Institute (NRI) with the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital Authority that integrates clinical care, education, and research in the spring of 2021.

The department includes nearly 30 faculty members and over 330 students (not including students matriculating in the SLP program in the fall of 2021) in the department, administrative staff for each program and a dedicated clinical education office of four full time staff. We also have state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. Through our outstanding students and faculty, we are starting to bring interprofessional education from the classroom into practice such as in the NRI. For example, the award-winning Community Aid, Relief, Education and Support (CARES) Therapy Clinic provides an opportunity for students from different professions to work together. We also have a seed grant program to help further develop collaboration between the divisions in DRS and other units in the college and university. Ultimately, we want to fully integrate research, education and clinical practice for our students and faculty to best serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. This evidence-based integration will ultimately impact the quality of clinical practice through the use of education research and implementation science.  


Division of Occupational Therapy
Division of Physical Therapy
Division of Speech-Language Pathology


Department Chair

Rick Segal headshot

Richard (Rick) L. Segal, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, has been professor and chairperson since August 2013. He received his education in physical therapy from the Ohio State University (OSU). During his undergraduate days at OSU he received the Telencephalon award for the highest grade in Human Anatomy which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to be a teaching assistant in Human Anatomy. It was during this experience that the fire was lit to become teacher. Later after full-time physical therapy practice, he attended the University of Virginia for his Ph.D. in anatomy and neuroscience. After completion of his Ph.D. he started a faculty position at Emory University where he continued to teach and establish himself as an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researcher and research mentor and received further training at the Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. He then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) as director of the Division of Physical Therapy and later added the role of interim director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center of the UNC and North Carolina State University Joint Biomedical Engineering Department until his move to MUSC.

In addition to chairing the department, Dr. Segal is principal investigator for the NIH funded Training in Grantsmanship in Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR), education director for the NIH funded National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NM4R), lead director for the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource (MR3) Coordinating Center, and executive committee and recruiter for the NIH funded Engineering Career Development Center in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences (IREK12). Finally, he is helping to increase education research in physical therapy by directing the Grantsmanship and Mentorship in Education Research (GAMER) for Physical Therapy’s Education Leadership Partnership.

Administrative Support

Katie Weas temp headshotKatie Weas
Business Administrator

The department’s contact for all finance, budgeting and administration needs. Ms. Weas works with the division directors and chairperson to develop and carry out budgets to support the activities of the department. Budget questions should be directed to Ms. Weas.

Lauren FunkeLauren Funke
Human Resource Manager

Responsible for planning, coordinating and providing daily personnel and operational functions for the Department of Rehabilitation and Clinical Sciences. This includes the hiring process for faculty, staff and adjunct faculty, processing payroll, faculty practice revenue, FRD Revenue, FMLA processing and all other human resources needs. All human resources questions should be directed to Ms. Funke.

Chad HigginsChad Higgins
Clinical Education Manager

Ensures all clinical education activities for the College of Health Professions are conducted efficiently and in compliance with program accreditation requirements. Supervises staff responsible for clinical education experiences for all assigned programs within the College of Health Professions. Acts as a liaison with clinical coordinators (faculty), AHEC, clinical instructors, and other relevant constituents to ensure clinical education activities are in compliance with program accreditation requirements and other regulations as applicable. Seeks to develop and streamline workflow of all clinical education activities and establish best practices by partnering with other university offices/colleges within MUSC.

Kristen HawkinsKristen Sykes
Accountant/Fiscal Analyst II

The department’s contact for all procurement, asset management and building facility (for the department and college) needs. If there are questions on procurement, they should be directed to Ms. Hawkins.

D'Andra Roper-Shine headshotD'Andra Roper-Shine
Administrative Coordinator

Provides executive level administration support to the chairperson of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Schedules meetings with faculty, external customers and students. Performs internal and external customer service, assisting faculty, students and visitors, providing assistance to staff and faculty. Serves as a resource and supporter for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences administrative assistants, such as assisting the division directors with training new assistants and coordinating collaborative efforts between the department’s administrative assistants when needed. Manages the administrative processes for faculty search and screen committees. Plans, coordinates and performs administrative support services for Intensive Rehabilitation Research Grant Writing Workshops in the United States (GAMER).