Tanvi Bhatt, PT, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Tanvi Bhatt

Professor, Physical Therapy

Program Coordinator, MS in Healthspan Promotion and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy

Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences

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1919 W. Taylor St., 729 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Bhatt received her BS in Physical Therapy from University of Mumbai in 1997 and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Manitoba in 2000. She began her doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and received her Ph.D. in Movement Sciences/Motor Control in 2006. Dr. Bhatt has also continued her Physical Therapy practice and is a registry staff member at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Bhatt’s research expertise is in field of adaptive perturbation training for fall prevention. Her research involves investigating neuromechanical basis of balance recovery from external perturbations such as slips and trips and subsequently designing intervention paradigms for reducing fall-risk in healthy and pathological populations. Her research interest and focus also lays in examining effects of alternative cognitive and motor therapies for improving impairment, function and participation in community-dwelling people with neurological disorders with an emphasis on stroke survivors. Dr. Bhatt has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been extramurally funded since 2011 by agencies such as American Heart foundation and NIH.

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health/NIA (R01AG050672), Aging and mixed perturbation training to reduce falls in locomotion, Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Health/NICHD (R01HD088543), Perturbation training for enhancing stability and limb support control for fall-risk reduction among stroke survivors, Principal Investigator

Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, A novel cognitive-balance control training paradigm to reduce fall risk in older, community-dwelling hemiparetic stroke survivors, Principal Investigator

American Heart Association, Development of perturbation induced fall-risk assessment and training protocol in community dwelling ambulatory individuals with stroke-related hemiparesis., Principal Investigator

Publication Aggregators

Research Gate

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Leadership in the Profession

City of Naperville, Board member on the Advisory Commission on Disabilities

International Society for Posture and Gait Rehabilitation, Scientific Review Committee member

Career Development Award, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Invited Grant Reviewer

Journal of Physical Therapy and Health Promotion, Editorial Board Member

Notable Honors

2017 - Researcher of the Year Award (Clinical Sciences), University of Illinois at Chicago

2016 - Susan Campbell Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago


PhD, Motor Control, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
MS, Neuroscience, University of Manitoba, 2000
First year MS, Physical Therapy, University of Bombay, 1998
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Bombay, 1996