Center for Health Promotion, Performance, and Rehabilitation Research


Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Health Promotion, Performance, and Rehabilitation Research (CHPPRR) is to collaborate, conduct, disseminate, and integrate knowledge discovery, innovation, and scholarship in behavioral and functional health across the lifespan.

History of the Center

The Center for Rehabilitation Sciences was established in 2001 by Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher in the School of Health Professions. During the early years of the Center's development, the Division, the Center, and the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program were closely integrated and shared resources, core faculty, and support services. In 2013, the Center changed to the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition with the addition of Dr. Blake Rasmussen to the leadership.

Under the leadership of Drs. Ottenbacher and Rasmussen, CeRPAN established outstanding infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability, recovery, physical, activity, and nutrition including a respected PhD program, NIH/AHRQ T32 funding for PhD students, NIDRR funding for postdoctoral fellows, an NIH K12 early career development grant, an NIH R24 and P2C infrastructure grants for large data research and data sharing and two NIH U01 national consortium grants on physical activity.

In 2022, the mission and focus of the Center was expanded and the name was changed to the Center for health Promotion, Performance, and Rehabilitation research (CHPPRR) with the addition of Drs. Carole A. Tucker and Missy Morrow to the leadership.

The CHPPRR labs include

  • Functional Assessment and Biomechanics (FAB) Lab
  • Human Performance Lab
  • Health Outcomes: Science-Technology-Assessment (HOSTA) Lab
  • Movement Analysis and Technology (MAT) Lab
  • Integrative Neuromechanics Lab
  • Health Promotion Research Suites
  • Clinical Physiology and Exercise Lab

The Center's core research areas and laboratories are further linked through 3 structured programs

  • Data Analytics & Measurement Science
  • Dissemination & Implementation Science
  • Training and Education

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