• Dr. Annabel Nunez-Gaunaurd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd obtained her BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences and her MS in Physical Therapy at Florida International University and her PhD in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami.

    Her research focus and training is in the area of physical therapy related outcome measures in the clinic, community and school based settings. Her doctoral research titled: Comparison of Impairments, Activity Limitations, Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy among Healthy Weight, Overweight and Obese Minority Middle School Children was published in Pediatric Physical Therapy and received the Jeanne Hughes Award in 2014 for best manuscript by individuals studying in an educational program.

    Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd previously served as the Project Manager for Miami-Dade County Public School’s Community Transformation Grant-Small Communities (CTG), funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 2012-2014. She was in direct contact and collaborated with local South Florida community and national partners.

    Her more recent research examines the Effects of a Physical Activity Enhancement Physical Education Program in High School Adolescents from Underserved Population. In 2016, she was awarded a Health Foundation of South Florida Grant (HFSF) to implement a physical activity curriculum at Pre-K classrooms targeting children with developmental delays in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools.

    Current grant funded research include Interprofessional Education and Community-based Health and Wellness for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Dr. Nunez-Gaunaurd’s clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedic/neurological settings. Her teaching responsibilities include Health & Wellness, Evidence-Informed Practice I, Pharmacology, Pediatrics and Differential Diagnosis.

research interests

  • Physical Therapy
    Physical Activity
    Health Disparities
    Medically Underserved Populations
    Health and Wellness

selected scholarly works & creative activities

full name

  • Annabel Nunez-Gaunaurd