Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Bio

I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis and my Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now called the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. After 4 years of clinical work, I pursued a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a focus on exercise clinical trials and measuring neurologic responses to exercise using transcranial magnetic stimulation.My PhD training helped...[Read full text]I earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis and my Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now called the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. After 4 years of clinical work, I pursued a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a focus on exercise clinical trials and measuring neurologic responses to exercise using transcranial magnetic stimulation.My PhD training helped me to realize that clinical trials were necessary, but not sufficient to improve evidence-based practice. I completed postdoctoral research training in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University, with a focus on implementation research. This training has led to my current studies using implementation science methodology to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based exercise rehabilitation in real-world clinical settings.[Shorten text]

Academic Focus

My current research studies investigate implementation of best practices and novel technologies into rehabilitation settings. I am also studying interdisciplinary healthcare delivery models for people with Parkinson's disease, including proactive and reactive service delivery. My research methodology includes the use of international patient registries and medical record data. I also use implementation science methodology to support evidence-based practice delivery throughout the Shirley Ryan Ab...[Read full text]My current research studies investigate implementation of best practices and novel technologies into rehabilitation settings. I am also studying interdisciplinary healthcare delivery models for people with Parkinson's disease, including proactive and reactive service delivery. My research methodology includes the use of international patient registries and medical record data. I also use implementation science methodology to support evidence-based practice delivery throughout the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab by fostering clinician-driven research projects. The distal goal of my research is to improve the quality, access, and value of rehabilitation services.[Shorten text]

Clinical Focus

Physical therapy for Parkinson's disease at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Proactive physical therapy in chronic health conditions to promote exercise as a form of secondary and tertiary prevention.

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Education and Certification

  • DPT: Washington University, Physical Therapy (2006)
  • PhD: University of Illinois - Chicago, Neuroscience (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University, Health Services and Outcomes Research (2018)

Contact

312/503-3636

Abbott Hall Suite 1022
710 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60611

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