Carmen Abbott

Carmen Abbott


Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Professor

Educational background

  • PhD – Counseling & Educational Psychology, Health Education & Promotion
  • Masters of Arts: Adapted Physical Education
  • Bachelors of Science: Physical Therapy & Education Content Expertise/Teaching Responsibility
  • Vestibular diagnosis, Neurological disorders, Pediatrics, Case Management

Research interest

Fall detection and prevention in areas of gait, oculomotor and vestibular function.

Additional certifications

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Competencies in Adults and Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Technique
  • MedX Cervical & Lumbar Certification
  • OTA60 Exercise Program
  • DARI Motion Capture System
  • Functional Movement System
  • Senior Strength Trainer, C.S.S.T.

Awards and honors

  • 2018 – School of Health Profession Excellence in Clinical Service Award, University of   Missouri
  • 2013 – Promotion to Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Missouri
  • 2011 – Fall Prevention Hall of Fame, National Council on Aging
  • 2006 – Marj Leavene Outstanding Learning Community Partner Award, Residential Life, University of Missouri
  • 2006 – Excellence in Education Award Nomination, Division of Student Affairs and MU Parents’ Association, University of Missouri
  • 2005 – Dean’s Service Award, School of Health Professions, University of Missouri
  • 2004 – Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Missouri
  • 2002 – Outstanding Service Award in Education, Missouri Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • 2001 – Outstanding Service Award, Office of Disability Services, University of Missouri
  • 2000 – Global Scholars Program, Biodiveristy and Sustainability in a Developing Country, Costa Rica, University of Missouri
  • 1999 – Wakonse Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Excellence in Teaching Center, University of Missouri
  • 1999 – Excellence in Education Awards Nomination, University of Missouri
  • 1998 – Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement, contribution to the out-of-class learning experience, Division of Student Affairs, University of Missouri


Carmen Casanova Abbott is a clinical professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Physical Therapy.  Her area of clinical expertise is in the area of neurological rehabilitation with competency certifications in adult and pediatric vestibular examination and rehabilitation.  Her clinical expertise provides the framework for her teaching and research endeavors.  Her research activities are carried out in conjunction with the University of Missouri-Columbia Interdisciplinary Technology for the Eldercare research Multidisciplinary Group, the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Department of Physical Therapy.  She continues to consult and practice at the Mizzou Therapy Services for the University of Missouri Health in the areas of vestibular examination and management of adult and pediatric patients with impairments in oculomotor and vestibular function. 

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