The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment. Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.

Facts & Figures

There are 10 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 2 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 34 PhD degrees have been conferred and 41 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.

2018 News

CammarBeth  Rehab Sciences  11/14/18

Beth Cammarn received a five year extension of her Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credential.  The CRA is awarded by The Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC). The CRA requires training and a national exam.  The CRA must be renewed every five years.

Beth is the only CRA in the School of Health Professions and is an active member of the Society of Research Administrators International and the National Council of University Research Administrators.

older african american couple  SCoA Press Release  11/11/18
For patients who need rehabilitation before they can leave the hospital, does the hospital make a difference in whether they go home at discharge?

That was the question Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR and colleagues attempted to answer in their new paper published in JAMA Network Open on November 9th,  “Facility and Geographic Variation in Rates of SuccessfulCommunity Discharge after Inpatient Rehabilitation amongMedicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries."

The article looks at the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. Dr. Addie Middleton, an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a former faculty member at UTMB, is the lead author on the study. She is also a scholar in the Rehabilitation Sciences Career Development Program. Dr. Janet Bettger, another author on this study, is a former pilot project awardee of the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation.
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The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences was well represented at the 22nd Annual Forum on Aging at UTMB on October 18, 2018. Two students in the Division won awards:

Jason Johnson, Best Student Poster in Health Disparities Research, "Frailty as a Predictor of Life-Space Mobility Among Community Dwelling Older Mexican Americans"

Jaspreet Sodhi, Best Student Poster in Rehabilitation Sciences Research, "Pain and Upper-Lower Extremity Disability among Older Adult Americans: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study"

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The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences welcomes new faculty member Kimberly P. Hreha, EdD, OT/L, as an Assistant Professor this fall.

Dr. Hreha is a scholar in the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program.

graphic with text  Rehab Sciences  10/10/18

The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program welcomes three new students this fall:
- Nisha Bhattarai, BS, Biological Sciences - Mentors: C. Porter & D. Herndon
- Ursela Christopherson, MOT, Occupational Therapy - Mentor: E. Lyons
- Emre Vardarli, MS, Exercise Science - Mentor: B. Rasmussen

KarmarkarAmol  Rehab Sciences  10/08/18

Amol Karmarkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded the Fannie Kempner Adoue Distinguished Professorship in Cognitive Rehabilitation.

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr. Karmarkar!
speaker photo at ACRM conference  Rehab Sciences  10/03/18

Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR presents in a symposium during the annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine meeting.

Several members of the Division attended and presented, including:

  • Julianna Bores received Best Early Career Poster for "Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke."
  • Jason Johnson presented, “Frailty as a Predictor of Life-Space Mobility among Community Dwelling Older Mexican Americans,” as a part of the CLDR-sponsored Travel Award.
  • Jaspreet Sodhi presented, “Association between Pain and Frailty over Time among Older Mexican Americans,” as well as presented a poster.
The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) sponsored a number of ACRM 2018 events:
  • Advancing Knowledge on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia through Health Services Research
  • Demonstrating the Value of Rehabilitation in the Era of Value Based Care Using Medicare Data
  • SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Post-Acute Health Services Research: Many Challenges, Many More Opportunities
  • SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Big Data in Stroke: Current Applications and Future Possibilities
  • CLDR-Sponsored Young Investigators Panel: Large data analysis of stroke lesion effects on subcortical volumes
  • IC23: How to Find and Access Secondary Data for Your Research

Julianna Bores, MS (8/2016)  Rehab Sciences  10/02/18

Congratulations to Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program student Juliana Bores for receiving the Best Early Career Poster in Geriatric Rehabilitation by the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Geriatric Rehabilitation Networking Group. She present ed her poster, "Patient Characteristics Associated with Functional Status Change in Stroke," on October 2nd during the annual ACRM meeting.

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