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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

K. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

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



Grant# R01 HS024711 08/2016-05/2020 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Development and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Service Areas Role: PI

Grant # R24 HS022134 (Goodwin) 02/01/13 01/31/18 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly Project 2: Comparative effectiveness of patient centered outcomes following stroke rehabilitation Goal: Determine outcomes important to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and administrators in inpatient rehabilitation hospital/facility (IRF) versus skilled nursing facilities (SNF) Role: Project PI

Grant # H133E140054 (Bodine) 10/01/14 09/30/19 National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Technology for Adults with Cognitive Impairments (RERC-ATACI). Role: Methodological Consultant

Grant # K01 HD068513 04/2011-09/2015 National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award Role: PI

Grant# (CNor/oAl lo J) 2013-2016 University of Colorado, Denver, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Cerebral Palsy Adult Transition Longitudinal Study Role: Consultant and Advisory Board Member

Recent Publications

Hong I, Han A, Reistetter TA, Simpson AN. The risk of stroke in spouses of people living with dementia in Korea. Int J Stroke. 2016 Nov 2. pii: 1747493016677987. [Epub ahead of print]

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;46(12):3778-3787.

Díaz-Venegas C, Reistetter TA, Wong R. Differences in the Progression of Disability: A U.S.-Mexico Comparison. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2016 Jul 19. pii: gbw082. [Epub ahead of print]

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. PMCID: PMC4935629.

Dickerson AE, Reistetter TA, Burhans S, Apple K. Typical Brake Reaction Times Across the Life Span. Occup Ther Health Care. 2016;30(2):115-23.

Reistetter TA, Kuo YF, Karmarkar AM, Eschbach K, Teppala S, Freeman JL, Ottenbacher KJ. Geographic and facility variation in inpatient stroke rehabilitation: multilevel analysis of functional status. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Jul;96(7):1248-54. PMCID: PMC4599713.

Karmarkar AM, Graham JE, Reistetter TA, Kumar A, Mix JM, Niewczyk P, Granger CV, Ottenbacher KJ. Association between Functional Severity and Amputation Type with Rehabilitation Outcomes in Patients with Lower Limb Amputation. Rehabil Res Pract. 2014;2014:961798. PMCID: PMC4221898.

Ottenbacher KJ, Karmarkar A, Graham JE, Kuo YF, Deutsch A, Reistetter TA, Al Snih S, Granger CV. Thirtyday hospital readmission following discharge from postacute rehabilitation in fee-for-service Medicare patients. JAMA. 2014 Feb 12;311(6):604-14. PMCID: PMC4085109.

Wang CY, Graham JE, Karmarkar AM, Reistetter TA, Protas EJ, Ottenbacher KJ. FIM motor scores for classifying community discharge after inpatient rehabilitation for hip fracture. PM R. 2014 Jun;6(6):493- 7. PMCID: PMC4065818.

Reistetter TA, Karmarkar AM, Graham JE, Eschbach K, Kuo YF, Granger CV, Freeman J, Ottenbacher KJ. Regional variation in stroke rehabilitation outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan;95(1):29-38. PMCID: PMC4006274.

Dickerson A, Reistetter T & Gaudy J. (2013) The perception of meaningfulness and performance of instrumental activities of daily living from the perspectives of the medically-at-risk older adult and their caregiver. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 749-764.

Ottenbacher KJ, Graham JE, Ottenbacher AJ, Al-Snih A, Karmarkar A, Reistetter T & Ostir GV (2012) Hospital readmission in persons with stroke following inpatient medical rehabilitation. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 67(8), 875-881.

Samper-Ternent R, Karmarkar A, Graham JE, Reistetter TA & Ottenbacher KJ (2012) Frailty as a predictor of falls in older Mexican Americans, Journal of Aging and Health, 24(4), 641-653.

Reistetter TA, Graham JE, Deutsch A, Markello S, Granger CV, & Ottenbacher KJ (2011) Age and diabetes comorbidity tier groups influence length of stay, functional status and discharge setting in persons with hip fracture receiving inpatient medical rehabilitation Diabetes Care, 34, 137-139.

Bradley DM, Hersch G, Reistetter TA, & Reed K (2011) Occupational participation of homeless people. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 27(1), 26-35.

Granger CV, Reistetter TA, Graham JE, Deutsch A, Markello SJ, Niewczyk P & Ottenbacher KJ (2011) The Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation: Report of patients with hip fracture discharged from comprehensive medical programs in 2000 2007. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90(3), 177-189.

Dickerson A, Reistetter T, Davis E & Monahan M (2011) Evaluating driving as a valued instrumental activity of daily living. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(1), 64-75.

Granger CV, Markello SJ, Graham JE, Deutsch A, Reistetter TA & Ottenbacher KJ (2010) The Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation: Report of patients with lower extremity joint replacement discharged from comprehensive medical programs in 2000 2007. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89(10), 781-794.

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