Mentors, Collaborators & Staff

Leadership

  • Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR - Program Director and Principal Investigator

    KenOttenbacherUniversity of Texas Medical Branch; CLDR Director, Primary Investigator
    Research Areas: Functional outcomes in medical rehabilitation
    Biography

  • James E. Graham, PhD, DC - Director, Promotion & Dissemination Core

    photoColorado State University
    Research Areas:
    Rehabilitation outcomes, disabilities disparities, and quality indicators
    Biography

  • Susanne Bruyère, PhD, CRC - Co-Director, Promotion & Dissemination Core

    Bruyere_SusanneCornell University; Consortium PI/Director Website & Data Directory
    Research Areas:
    Disability statistics in rehabilitation, employment and disability policy
    Biography

  • Amy Pienta, PhD - Director, Technique Development Core

    pienta2ICPSR, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Social aspects of later life retirement, chronic disease, and disability
    Biography

  • Amol Karmarkar, PhD - Co-Director, Technique Development Core

    karmarkarUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Rehabilitation outcomes, analysis of large datasets
    Biography

  • James Goodwin, MD - Director, Pilot Studies Core

    goodwin2011_lowresUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Aging, Health services delivery and access, cancer in older adults
    Biography

  • Denise Tate, PhD - Co-Director, Pilot Studies Core

    tatePhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Spinal cord injury, measurement, women w/ disabilities, quality of life outcomes
    Biography

  • Rebeca Wong, PhD - Director, Collaborative Opportunities Core

    Wong_RebeccaUniversity of Texas Medical Branch; Director, Collaboration & Training
    Research Areas:
    Cognitive function, disability and dementia in older adults
    Biography

Advisory Board

  • Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN

    photoSenior Research Public Health Analyst, RTI International; Research Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
    Biography

  • Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM

    photoSenior Fellow for Health Policy & Post-Acute Care, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network; Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Biography

  • Alan Jette, PhD, PT, MPH, FAPTA

    photoProfessor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, MGH Institute of Health Professions
    Biography

  • Ross Zafonte, DO

    photoProfessor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Research and Education, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Biography

Mentors and Collaborators

  • Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD

    Al-SnihSohamUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Disability obesity and chronic disease in older adults
    Biography

  • Jacques G. Baillargeon, PhD

    JacquesBaillargeonNewUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Comparative effectiveness research, cancer epidemiology, health services research
    Biography

  • Nancy Baker, ScD, OTR/L

    photoTufts University Department of Occupational Therapy
    Research Areas:
    prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders
    Biography

  • Lucy Ann Bilaver, PhD

    photoNorthwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
    Research Areas:
    using administrative data for research, children with special health care needs including autism spectrum disorder and food allergy
    Biography

  • Philippa J. Clarke, PhD, MSc

    Ipjclarkenstitute for Social Research, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Disability, social epidemiology, population health
    Biography

  • Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD

    photoMount Sinai
    Research Areas:
    applying modern psychometric and statistical techniques to measure individual differences in trajectories of change over time among survivors of TBI
    Biography

  • Rachel Deer, PhD

    photoUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Clinical trials of interventions (nutrition, exercise, testosterone) for acceleration of functional recovery from hospitalization; Physical functioning and sarcopenia in older adults; Prevalence of malnutrition and sarcopenia at hospital admission; Protein metabolism
    Biography

  • Brian Downer, PhD

    photoUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Cognitive aging, risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline, minority aging
    Biography

  • Karl Eschbach, PhD

    KarlEschbachUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Immigration and border health, Hispanic health and aging

  • Steven R. Fisher, PhD, PT, GCS

    photoUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    physical functioning of older adult clinical populations
    Biography

  • James E. Graham, PhD, DC

    photoColorado State University
    Research Areas:
    Rehabilitation outcomes, disabilities disparities, and quality indicators
    Biography

  • Carri Hand, PhD

    photoWestern University School of Occupational Therapy
    Research Areas:
    occupational performance and participation in older adults; age-friendly communities; aging in place
    Biography

  • Bret Howrey, PhD

    BretHowreyUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Health of our older population with an emphasis on health care utilization and health disparities
    Biography

  • Amol Karmarkar, PhD

    karmarkarUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Rehabilitation outcomes, analysis of large datasets
    Biography

  • Mary Khetani, ScD, OTR/L

    photoUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
    Research Areas:
    advancing client-centered and participation-focused pediatric rehabilitation
    Biography

  • Jake Magel, DSc, PhD

    photoUniversity of Utah
    Research Areas:
    Management of low back pain, disability, and rehabilitation outcomes
    Biography

  • Kyriakos Markides, PhD

    Markides_Kyriakos_webUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Hispanic aging and minority health
    Biography

  • Susan L. Murphy, ScD, OTR

    murphyPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Physical activity and other health behaviors to promote self-management of chronic disease
    Biography

  • Ryan McGrath, PhD

    photo North Dakota State University
    Research Areas:
    Frailty and Aging, Physical Activity and Health for Persons with Disabilities, Disability Prevention
    Biography

  • Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

    KenOttenbacherUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas: Functional outcomes in medical rehabilitation
    Biography

  • Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD

    photoUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas: Ethnic minority health and behavioral health disparities; Psychosocial adjustment to disability
    Biography

  • M. Kristen Peek, PhD

    Peek_Kristen_web_1University of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Minority health and aging, disability and acculturation
    Biography

  • Mark Peterson, PhD

    photoUniversity of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    understanding factors that influence health and life expectancy in persons with disabilities
    Biography

  • Amy Pienta, PhD

    pienta2ICPSR, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Social aspects of later life retirement, chronic disease, and disability
    Biography

  • Mukaila Raji, MD, MS

    MukailaRajiUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
    Research Areas:
    Cognitive function, disability and dementia in older adults
    Biography

  • Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR

    photoUniversity of Texas San Antonio
    Research Areas:
    Upper extremity movement and function, spasticity and movement disorders, neurorehabilitation, TBI
    Contact

  • Sarah von Schrader, PhD

    vonSchraderEmployment & Disability Institute, Cornell University
    Research Areas:
    Employer practices related to employer success in recruiting, hiring, and advancing individuals with disabilities
    Biography

  • Denise Tate, PhD

    tatePhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Michigan
    Research Areas:
    Spinal cord injury, measurement, women w/ disabilities, quality of life outcomes
    Biography

Administration

  • Beth Cammarn, CRA - Sr. Administrative Manager

    CammarnUniversity of Texas Medical Branch; CLDR Program Administrator
    Biography
  • Matthew Lakich, MPH - Research Coordinator

    LackichUniversity of Texas Medical Branch; CLDR Program Coordinator
    Biography
  • Bill Erickson, MS - Research Specialist

    EricksonCornell University; CLDR Program Research Specialist
    Research Areas: Disability research, employer research, disability statistics, secondary data sources, survey design, and web accessibility
    Biography

  • Shane Redman, MA, MPA - ADDEP Archive Manager

    photoUniversity of Michigan; CLDR Program ADDEP Archive Manager
    Research Areas:
    political attitudes among members of historically marginalized groups in the United States
    Biography


The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation involves a consortium of investigators from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Colorado State University, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan. The CLDR is funded by NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. (P2CHD065702).
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