Welcome

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 8 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program and 2 fellows completing postdoctoral training. To date, 33 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

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Rehabilitation Sciences faculty member Rachel Deer, PhD is lead author on article selected as Editor's Choice in the February 2018 issue of Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences, A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Interventions to Improve Functional Recovery After Hospitalization in Older Adults: Feasibility and Adherence.

Congratulations to all, including co authors Shawn Goodlett, Steve Fisher, Jacques Baillargeon, Jared Dickinson, Mukaila Raji, and Elena Volpi.
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"Predictors of Discharge Settings Following Total Knee Arthroplasty in Medicare Patients," was recently chosen by APTA Health Policy Administration Section, HPA-The Catalyst, Research Committee as Best Poster Presentation.

Lead author & former Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program student Dr. Rod Welsh and co-authors, James E. Graham, Amol M. Karmarkar, Natalie E. Leland, Jacques G. Baillargeon, Dana Wild, and Kenneth J. Ottenbacher contributed to the article.

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Catherine Hay, MS successfully defended her dissertation, "The Impact of Gender, Age, and Performance on Stroke Survivor's Goal Conceptualization, Prioritization, and Attainment," on February 16, 2018. Congratulations, Catherine! Learn more about the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences.

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Rehabilitation Sciences Assistant Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been appointed to two boards:

Board of Governors of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) of the Brain Injury Association of America

Members of the board work together to elevate the understanding of brain injury in professionals and paraprofessionals across the continuums of rehabilitative service delivery and personal education and experience. Each member has a 3-year term, which can be renewed.

PINK Concussions Professional Advisory Board

Professional Advisory Board members will help PINK Concussions educate other professionals and the public about concussions in girls and women; advocate for additional supports and services, including grants; and establish the reputation of PINK Concussions as a major informational resource on female brain injury including concussions sustained through sports, domestic violence, accidents, and military service.

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Researchers have compiled, archived and shared one of the largest open-source data sets of brain scans from stroke patients. The Anatomical Tracings of Lesions after Stroke (ATLAS) dataset is now available for download through the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP), supported by the Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR).

Researchers globally are using the scans to develop and test algorithms that can automatically process MRI images from stroke patients. In the long run, scientists hope to identify biological markers that forecast which patients will respond to various rehabilitation therapies and personalize treatment plans.

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Dr. Sook-Lei Liew is the lead author of recent publication about ATLAS, "A large, open source dataset of stroke anatomical brain images and manual lesion segmentations." She is a pilot project recipient at the CLDR and a phase 2 scholar at the Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) program.

Read More: MRI stroke data set released - Science Daily | USC releases MRI stroke dataset to spur AI research - Health Data Management | Researchers hope to use MRI for stroke treatment, recovery - HSC News

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The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in collaboration with the University of Florida (UF) and University of Southern California (USC), is seeking Occupational and Physical Therapy scholars to train in the Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) Program.The goal of the program is to provide scholars with the skills and research experience necessary to become independent investigators and future academic and scientific leaders in their professions. Read more: K12 Position Description & Requirements / Online Application.

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The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is recruiting an Associate Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Professions (SHP). The division administratively supports the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences, which is part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The division also recruits postdoctoral fellows who engage in rehabilitation and disability research. A strong interdisciplinary relationship exists with other schools, centers, and departments on campus, as well as local clinical facilities and UTMB hospitals. Read more: Associate Professor Job Description & apply.

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Rehabilitation Sciences Assistant Professor Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD has been named an Elite Reviewer for Archives of PM&R Journal for 2017.

Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness, and quality of reviews for the Archives in 2017 as judged by the editors. Selection reflects critical thinking and effective participation in the process of peer review. After examining the performance of reviewers, approximately 3 percent of reviewers (97 people out of 2,985 reviewers who submitted 1,730 reviews in 2017) were judged to be deserving of this recognition.
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Rehabilitation Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow Annalisa Na, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS is a recipient of a Fellowship for Geriatric Research for 2018 from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. This program seeks to recognize outstanding new investigators committed to geriatric physical therapy, and support them in pursuing research in geriatric physical therapy.
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