Dr. Iman Akef Khowailed became an assistant professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the university in 2017. Prior to joining the university, she was a faculty member in the DPT program at Touro University, Nevada. Her teaching portfolio included Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Women’s Health, Kinesiology, Research, Evidence Based Practice, and Clinical Imaging courses.
Dr. Akef is the recipient of Loma Linda University’s 2016 Doctoral Award for Outstanding Research. Her research interests relate to the physiological and biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, her research focuses on the altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contributing to lower extremity injury among female runners. She is also interested in the effects of hormonal fluctuation on physiological adaptations and neuromuscular control in female runners. She has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2005 with an interest in musculoskeletal and women’s health. Dr. Akef is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Women’s Health Section.