The interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program provides
structured research experiences to qualified individuals interested in
academic and clinical careers related to disability, rehabilitation and
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fellowships are awarded as funds become available.
Postdoctoral fellows plan, conduct, and disseminate
research in collaboration with a mentor and interdisciplinary team
focusing in one of the following areas of research:
Clinical and Community Rehabilitation
This area of research examines physical activity, psychological well-being and functional independence in individuals with disabilities and/or chronic disease. Research takes place in both inpatient and outpatient settings among individuals who are participating in exercise programs or rehabilitation interventions.
Comparative Effectiveness & Patient-Centered Outcomes
Current studies include the Comparative Effectiveness Research Center (CERCIT) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCORI). The CERCIT is a multidisciplinary consortium of investigators at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), MD Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University and the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Cancer Registry. CERCIT is funded by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The goal of the project is to create a statewide resource for outcomes and comparative effectiveness research in cancer for Texas. The PCOR Center contributes to both national and local efforts by generating data relevant to decision making across disease processes and medical care settings. Important goals of this work are to include on-going input and collaboration with patients and other stakeholders, and to identify or develop systems that reduce racial, ethnic and age associated disparities in health outcomes using patient-centered approaches.
Cognitive and Neurological Approaches
Examines basic and applied mechanisms of cognitive and neurological rehabilitation. A collaborative relationship exists with the Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute, a residential facility for persons with acquired brain injury. Rehabilitation research faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students have the opportunity to conduct research in a variety of areas related to cognitive rehabilitation with faculty and professional staff involved with the Institute. It also provides opportunities to participate in experiences involving persons with disabilities and community advocacy activities.