Center for Health Promotion, Performance, and Rehabilitation Research

CHPPRR Overview of Research

The Center focuses on supporting and growing impactful research in the areas of health promotion, performance, and rehabilitation research.

The Center provides resources (space, technology, funding, & scientific expertise) and mentoring for faculty, trainees, and collaborators. During the fiscal year 2021, CHPPRR faculty were PI/Site PI on 52 externally funded research and training grants totaling more than $12 million and were author/co-author on over 125 scientific peer-reviewed publications.

CHPPRR leadership and faculty invite new collaborators who are interested in health promotion, performance, or rehabilitation research and would benefit from the rich resources that CHPPRR has to offer the UTMB community.

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Core Research Areas

Health Across the Lifespan

Examining outcomes of personal, social, and environmental determinants of health, and the impact of behavioral and clinical interventions associated with successful development and aging as well as evaluating functional outcomes and the impact of disparities on whole-person health across the lifespan.

Learning Health Systems & Health Services Research

Examining health and rehabilitation systems and outcomes, syndemics, salutogenic factors, environmental and social determinants of health across care systems and other comprehensive data sources.

Patient-Centered Health & Community Outcomes

Examining “whole-health” health-related functioning, behaviors, and outcomes to optimize health and participation in the “real-world” from the person perspective through robust patient-reported outcomes and wearable devices to optimize health.

Health Promotion

Examines the role of behavioral health promotion including physical activity and nutrition in both inpatient, outpatient, and community dwelling individuals to reduce disease and disability and to improve physical, mental, and social health across the spectrum of abilities.

Neuromotor Control & Performance

Examines human motion, physical performance, and rehabilitation through multi-disciplinary study of motor control, biomechanics, and movement science utilizing advanced equipment in motion analysis, wearable sensors, and neuromotor function.

Research Services & Resources supported by CHPPRR

  • Laboratory space, advanced technology, and scientific expertise for health promotion, performance, and rehabilitation research
  • Research mentoring & career development for early to mid-career faculty, postdocs & PhD students
  • Connecting resources across scientific communities to build research capacity and accelerate knowledge discovery at UTMB
  • Resources and support of pilot projects and preliminary data collections for grant submission
  • Fostering new collaborations through learning communities
  • Scientific training, lectures, and conferences
  • Additional support for grants management and implementation of research activities

For more information, contact Dr. Carole Tucker ( and Dr. Missy Morrow (

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