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Jennifer Blackwood

Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
U-M Flint

PhD, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University
Master of Physical Therapy, University of Michigan-Flint
BS, Health Science, University of Michigan-Flint
BS, Biology, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Blackwood is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Expert in Exercise for the Aging Adult. Her clinical and research interests include the relationships between cognitive function and falls in older adults with cognitive loss, from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer’s disease; falls risk assessment, incidence, assessment, and prevention in older cancer survivors; and population- and age-related changes in balance function in older adults.



Research Area(s)

Balance training | Basic and Translational cancer research | Neuro-oncology


  • Principal investigator of: Assessment of Balance and Cognition as Risk Factors for Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults
  • Principal investigator of: Cognitive and Physical Exercise Study - McFarland 2017
  • Consultant on: The University of Michigan-Flint Senior Programming: Intergenerational College Experience (SPICE) Program
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