The overall goal of the RRCD Program is to increase the number of rigorously trained, extramurally competitive, and scientifically competent rehabilitation scientists who will conduct translational investigations, lead clinical research teams, and eventually mentor the next generation of occupational and physical therapy investigators.
Specific aims of the Program are to:
1. Identify and recruit qualified occupational and physical therapy scholars who are beginning their academic/scientific careers and demonstrate an interest in and potential for independent translational and clinical research in rehabilitation science.
2. Develop and implement a high quality training program that will provide occupational and physical therapy scientists with the skills and
mentoring necessary for productive scientific careers. The training
program will engage RRCD Scholars in progressively more independent and
productive mentored research activities.
3. Create and maintain a supportive infrastructure for clinical and
translational rehabilitation research, with a wide cadre of senior
comprehensive faculty development,
promotion and leadership opportunities, and extensive networks for
developing successful collaboration and partnerships.