Published on June 4, 2014 by Katie Stripling  
Matt Ford

Dr. Matthew P. Ford joined the College of Health Sciences as associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in December 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served on faculty at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He is a research associate at the Lakeshore Foundation and for the past decade has been conducting research aimed at helping individuals with physical disabilities. He is involved in three areas of research related to Parkinson’s disease: tracking the changes in physical activity and health, comprehensive health and wellness programs and the use of music and external rhythms during mobility training. Ford also serves on the board of directors for the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.