Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Training Grants

Learn more our active training grants below. Please contact the associated investigators for more information about these programs. Candidates interested in applying to these training programs should apply to the Principal Investigators directly.

Advanced Rehabilitation Training: Interventions for Neurologic Communication Disorders

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

PI: Leora R. Cherney, PhD

This Fellowship Program provides rigorous, in-depth research training to postdoctoral fellows from programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is designed to prepare them for careers as independent researchers who have the skills necessary to conduct high quality interdisciplinary research addressing the rehabilitation of acquired communication disorders that accompany neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or Parkinson’s disease.

Postdoctoral fellows will complete an intensive, two-year training program that will allow initiation of their own research agenda, scholarly papers as first author, and grant development with potential for receipt of extramural funding. Applicants must commit to pursuing their research training for two years and on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours per week to the overall program.

Core elements of the program:

  • Didactic classroom training in core scientific research methods.  The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)  program which provides rigorous education in quantitative and ethically sound methods needed for design, implementation, analysis and publication of clinical and translational research studies will comprise most of the formal didactic training.
  • Clinical mentorship to provide clinical experience/exposure to persons with neurological communication disorders to better understand the impact of a communication disorder on the persons quality of life
  • Primary scientific mentorship to model research lab methods concerned with the science of speech, language and cognitive aspects of communication
  • Secondary scientific mentorship to facilitate access to methods that augment the development and evaluation of original and innovative interventions and are relevant to the Fellows’ individual research project
  • Hands-on supervised experience with development and implementation of a research project and dissemination of research results
  • Collaborative group workshops for development of grant writing skills

Rehabilitation Sciences for Engineers and Basic Scientists: An Advanced Training Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

PI: Steven Gard, PhD

Co-Investigator: W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD

Faculty from the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedic Surgery, Neuroscience, Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, and Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences of Northwestern University are joining to establish the postdoctoral training program, entitled “Rehabilitation Sciences For Engineers and Basic Scientists: An Advanced Training Program”. The goal of this program is to increase the number of postdoctoral engineers and scientists trained to perform research aimed at solving problems of persons with disabilities. To meet this objective, we will train scientists in our three areas of special expertise. These are: Neurologic Disorders, Musculoskeletal Injuries and Biomechanics, and Prosthetics and Orthotics. Targeted technical and scientific training will be provided by faculty with relevant technical expertise in the multiple departments at Northwestern University. This training will be coordinated with clinical and scientific instruction and experience, provided by faculty with relevant clinical expertise in the multiple departments of our university. The postdoctoral trainees will also receive training and develop experience in community-based settings.

Our program has an experienced and accomplished training faculty, drawn from diverse clinical and basic science departments. Since many are based within the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), we also have ready access to active clinical rehabilitation programs allowing trainees to interact with clinical faculty and with persons with disabilities during their training. The combination of a capable faculty, based primarily in a major rehabilitation hospital, which is part of a distinguished medical school, provides an excellent environment for training engineers and scientists in topics relevant to the welfare of persons with disabilities. To date, five postdoctoral fellows have completed training.