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Disability & Rehabilitation

Working with faculty across Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s flagship hospital, we examine disability and health for people with a wide variety of conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, and orthopedic/musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders across the lifespan. Our work also includes research to understand and address disparities in access and quality of care for people with disabilities.

Clinical Facilities

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an internationally recognized specialty hospital and healthcare network dedicated to rehabilitation for individuals with physical disabilities. Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the No. 1 rehabilitation provider for 30 consecutive years, is has been a leading inpatient rehabilitation facility for over 65 years. Its research program has over 285 team members including research scientists, research administrators and research support staff.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is part of Northwestern Medicine and has more than 40 years of expertise in treating people with a wide variety of conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, pediatric, orthopaedic/musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Marianjoy’s research mission focuses on innovative solutions through collaborative partnerships with physicians, clinicians, nurses, administrators, university faculty members and industry sponsors with applied research in the area of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Its research programs strive to advance the quality of rehabilitative care, improve overall patient satisfaction and demonstrate optimal treatment outcomes for patients served.

Faculty

Bilaver, Lucy Ann

Bilaver, Lucy Ann

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Bio

Dr. Bilaver is an applied health services researcher with expertise using administrative data for research purposes. Her research focuses on children with special health care needs including autism s... [more]

Deutsch, Anne F

Deutsch, Anne F

Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bio

Anne's research focuses on quality measurement and payment policies for post-acute care

Ehrlich-Jones, Linda S

Ehrlich-Jones, Linda S

Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bio

My primary research interest is in promotion of healthy lifestyle (physical activity and nutrition) in persons with arthritis utilizing motivational interviewing.

Haywood , Carol

Haywood , Carol

Research Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences

Heinemann, Allen W

Heinemann, Allen W

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences

Bio

Health services research related to disability and chronic illness; psychosocial aspects of disability

Jayabalan, Prakash S

Jayabalan, Prakash S

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lagu, Tara

Lagu, Tara

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Medical Social Sciences

Rafferty, Miriam R

Rafferty, Miriam R

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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... [more]

Wong, Alex

Wong, Alex

Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Social Sciences

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