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Timothy Reistetter, OTR, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Texas Medical Branch

Phone: (409) 772-9441

Lead Mentor
J. Freeman, PhD

Research Areas

Upper extremity movement and function, Spasticity and movement disorders, Community integration and driving, Rehabilitation approaches for adults with neurological difficulties


  • 1989 Old Dominion University Psychology BS
  • 1996 Shenandoah University Occupational Therapy MS
  • 2004 Texas Woman's University Occupational Therapy PhD

Current Research Funding

Grant# R01 HS024711 (Reistetter) 07/01/16-06/30/20 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Geographic Variation in Rehabilitation Service: Development and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Service Areas. Goal: Develop and evaluate rehabilitation service areas for impairment groups who receive high cost post-acute services in inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care hospitals

Grant# R24 HS022134 (Goodwin; Reistetter – Project 2 PI) 02/01/13-01/31/18 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly – Project 2: Comparative effectiveness of patient of patient-centered outcomes following IRF and SNF stroke rehabilitation. Goal: Evaluate patient-centered outcomes among the two most common inpatient rehabilitation setting treating persons with stroke.

Recent Publications

Hong I, Karmarkar A, Chan W, Kuo YF, Mallinson T, Ottenbacher KJ, Goodwin J, Andersen CR, Reistetter TA. Discharge Patterns for Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients Going from Acute Care Hospitals to Inpatient and Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29595584.

Krishnan S, Pappadis MR, Weller SC, Stearnes M, Kumar A, Ottenbacher KJ, Reistetter TA. Needs of Stroke Survivors as Perceived by Their Caregivers: A Scoping Review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jul;96(7):487-505. Review. PubMed PMID: 28628537; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5493392.

Krishnan S, Pappadis MR, Weller SC, Fisher SR, Hay CC, Reistetter TA. Patient-centered mobility outcome preferences according to individuals with stroke and caregivers: a qualitative analysis. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Jun;40(12):1401-1409. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 28320217; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5608617.

Teppala S, Ottenbacher KJ, Eschbach K, Kumar A, Al Snih S, Chan WJ, Reistetter TA. Variation in Functional Status After Hip Fracture: Facility and Regional Influence on Mobility and Self-Care. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Oct 1;72(10):1376-1382. PubMed PMID: 28052981; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5861914.

Hong I, Han A, Reistetter TA, Simpson AN. The risk of stroke in spouses of people living with dementia in Korea. Int J Stroke. 2017 Oct;12(8):851-857. Epub 2016 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 27807277.

Hilton CL, Babb-Keeble A, Westover EE, Zhang Y, Adams C, Collins DM, Karmarkar A, Reistetter TA, Constantino JN. Sensory Responsiveness in Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Dec; PubMed PMID: 27704293; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5279463.

Díaz-Venegas C, Reistetter TA, Wang CY, Wong R. The progression of disability among older adults in Mexico. Disabil Rehabil. 2016 Oct;38(20):2016-27. Epub 2016 Jan 5. PubMed PMID: 26729017; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4935629.

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