The Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) Program
educates and trains future rehabilitation scientists. The program is
funded by the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (K12 HD055929).
The RRCD program is geared toward rehabilitation scholars who are occupational and physical therapists, and builds on the extensive rehabilitation research infrastructure of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health), the University of Florida (UF), and the University of Southern California
(USC), along with a network of NCMRR Research Infrastructure Cores,
VA Centers of Excellence, rehabilitation research institutes, and
physical and occupational therapy departments nationwide.
Physical and occupational therapy scholars from across the nation
are recruited and trained to become future leaders and mentors in
rehabilitation. Scholars acquire extensive research experience,
generate, analyze, present and publish research data, and become
equipped to compete for independent external research funding. The
program takes advantage of its extensive rehabilitation research
network to negotiate faculty positions in research supportive academic