Title: Associate Professor
Company: University of North Florida
Location: Jacksonville, FL United States
Drawing on her expertise in neuroscience, biomechanics, kinesiology, gross anatomy, and the rehabilitation and motor control of the upper extremities, Beven Livingston currently serves as an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida.
Dr. Livingston was an athlete her whole life, playing tennis at a high level until injuries forced her to stop. These experiences, however, resulted in her desire to pursue sports medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986, and at the urging and support of her husband, decided to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience 15 years later. As a woman in a scientific discipline, Dr. Livingston has had to work twice as hard to prove herself and her knowledge, but her dedication has paid off. She received the Achievement Reward for College Scientists, Scholar from 2001 to 2006, and was a pre-doctoral trainee with medical rehabilitation scientists from NICHD and NCMRR from 1998 to 2002.
Initially, Dr. Livingston decided to pursue a career in higher education after realizing she wanted to broaden her experience in the field. Thus, she decided she would be best adept at teaching the next generation. As a professor, she wants to bring back certain health care teachings that have taken a back seat. Moving forward, she would like to serve as an advocate in health care, and be remembered for providing caring, compassionate health care.
To stay abreast of everything going on in her field, Dr. Livingston maintains membership with the sports medicine and research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a part of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Society for Neuroscience. Additionally, she was also inducted into the Transylvania University Athletic Hall of Fame. Outside of her work, she loves running triathlons, playing tennis and coaching youth sports.
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