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Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


  • D., University of Central Arkansas (Physical Therapy: Expected graduation 2021)
  • P.T., Arkansas State University (Physical Therapy: Honors Graduate)
  • S., Arkansas State University (Exercise Science: Honors Graduate)
  • A., East Arkansas Community College (General Studies: Honors Graduate)


Professional Credentials

  • Arkansas Physical Therapy License
  • Certified Senior Strength Trainer

Teaching Specialties

  • Human Anatomy
  • Research and Statistics
  • Kinesiology

Research Interests

  • Body mechanics and analysis in athletics
  • Injury prevention
  • Concussion diagnosis, prevention and management
  • Education
  • Dyslexia
  • Pediatrics treatment and outcome measures


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Arkansas Athletic Association
  • International Weightlifting Association
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation


Mr. Bryan Southerland is slated to graduate from University of Central Arkansas with a PhD in Physical Therapy in 2021. In 2000, he began his academic career at East Arkansas Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2002 with an Associates of Arts in General Studies. He continued his education at Arkansas State University completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2005, again graduating with honors. Mr. Southerland was accepted into Arkansas State University’s Physical Therapy Programs class of 2008, graduating in December of 2008 with honors. Upon completion of the program passing the Physical Therapy National Board Exam, Mr. Southerland began clinical practice soon thereafter. Through the years he has practiced in various settings helping to provide a well-rounded clinical foundation. In addition to clinical experience in orthopedics, acute, inpatient, sports medicine and pediatrics, Mr. Southerland has owned and operated a physical therapy business in Eastern Arkansas since 2012. As a graduate assistant and has worked to return to teaching since then, now realizing that dream. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and/or watching any sport his kids are involved in and spending time at the lake with his family where they boat, swim and wakeboard. He is also an avid athlete engaging in fitness and competitive endurance sports, weightlifting, and training in mixed martial arts with an emphasis in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.