Eber Beck

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Phone: (607) 274-3207
Office: Center for Health Sciences 401-H, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Neuroscience and Neurologic Rehabilitation


Dr. Eber A. Silveira Beck Jr was born and raised in southern Brazil. He went to Physical Therapy school at Santa Catarina State University (UDESC) – class of Summer of 2013 – where he participated in research projects at the Exercise and Sports Psychology Lab (LAPE) and at the Instrumentation Lab (LABIN). After graduating, Dr. Beck worked at an outpatient orthopedic clinic and as a home-health neurological physical therapist.

Dr. Beck earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) – Summer of 2020 – and his dissertation project focused on cognitive dysfunction in older adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. While pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Beck had the opportunity to collaborate teaching multiple courses in the DPT program at KUMC as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In addition, Dr. Beck worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Sleep, Health, and Wellness (SleepWell) Lab

His current research interest is in understanding cognitive dysfunction and cognitive workload in older adults and in neurological conditions.

Courses Taught at IC:

PTBS 31300 - Clinical Physiology (Lab)

PTBS 50600 - Medical Screening I 

PTBS 51002 - Anatomy (Lab)

PDPT 60200 - Neuroscience

PDPT 60400 - Neuromuscular Foundations

PDPT 61600 - Case Report I

PDPT 62100 - Advanced Clinical Management (Lab)

PDPT 62200 - Case Report II

PDPT 69000 - Selected Topics: Medical Screening I 

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Siengsukon, C.; Silveira Beck Jr, E.; Drerup, M. “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess Feasibility and Treatment Effect of a Web-Based Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Program in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.” International Journal of MS Care, June 26, 2020. https://doi.org/10.7224/1537-2073.2019-122.

Siengsukon, C.; Nelson, E.; Williams-Cooke, C.; Ludwig, R.; Silveira Beck Jr, E.; Vidoni, E.; Mahnken, J.; Stevens, S.; Drerup, M.; Bruce, J.; Burns J. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia to Enhance Cognitive Function and Reduce the Rate of Aβ Deposition in Older Adults with Symptoms of Insomnia: A Single-Site Randomized Pilot Clinical Trial Protocol.” Contemporary Clinical Trials 99 (December 2020): 106190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2020.106190.

Current Projects:

Teaching project funded by the Instructional Development Fund (Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellency - CFE) and the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP), in collaboration with IC Immersive:

Title: Teaching Virtual Reality (VR) Neuroanatomy to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Students