Joe Nocera, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


  • Post-Doctoral Neuroscience Fellow, University of Florida
  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • MS, University Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Nocera research interests include interactions between motor function and cognition with particular emphasis on the impact of dual tasking on locomotion and balance control. Dr. Nocera is also interested in the efficacy of exercise intervention programs for improving physical and cognitive function in older adults and individuals with in Parkinson’s disease.

Awards and Honors

  • Career Development Award- Level 1; Department of Veteran Affairs RR&D (2009)
    Outstanding Post-doctoral Poster Winner (2010) 5th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium, University of Florida
  • Fellow- National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging Summer Institute on Aging Research (2010)
  • Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers Scholar (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Pepper National Meeting Travel Support Awardee (2010, 2011)
  • Career Development Award- Level 2; Department of Veteran Affairs RR&D (2012)
  • Early Career Reviewer at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (2015-Present)