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Jeff Hartman, DPT, MPH

Global Health and Emergency Medicine

Jeff Hartman, DPT, MPH, is a clinical educator with interests in global health and emergency medicine.


Current Projects

Iraq Torture Study

The aim of this study is to assess the impact and feasibility of an interdisciplinary group treatment approach, involving psychotherapy and physiotherapy, with survivors of torture that are incarcerated in a prison in Kurdistan, Iraq. The primary aim is to develop initial estimates of treatment effects on symptoms and poor functioning consistent with centralized pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and/or depression. The secondary aim is to assess the feasibility of studying this interdisciplinary treatment program in which local Kurdish psychotherapists and physiotherapists provide a 10-week intervention in a prison, in the Kurdish Sorani language, and to Kurdish participants that present with mental health symptoms, physical complaints and poor functioning.

Medically Underserved Communities

The purpose of this study is to investigate factors related to physical therapist intent to practice in medically underserved communities. This is a multi-site, collaborative investigation with the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Minnesota and Emory University.

Synthesis Projects

Clinical Competence in Disaster Response

The purpose of this study is to explore the clinical competence required for physical therapists who want to respond within an Emergency Medical Team during the acute stages of a natural disaster. Through expert interview and survey, this study will explore the minimum level of competencies necessary to effectively participate in a disaster response.

  • Northwestern University IRB protocol #STU00206196

Global Health Mapping

The purpose of this project is to identify the formal curriculum-based global health activities performed in the past academic year throughout all physical therapy schools in the United States. We want to learn where these activities are performed, both locally and abroad, and how many students are participating.

Additional Information

Hartman is the director of the department's global health committee. The committee is charged with creating a culture of global inquiry and service throughout the department. It is attempting to enlarge the department's global footprint and enhance communities both locally and abroad through supporting faculty and forming future globally minded physical therapists. Before coming to Northwestern, Hartman worked for five years in a level 1 trauma center as a full-time physical therapist and worked in various capacities in 10 different countries around the world. He was the stateside director of operations for the Hillside Clinic in Southern Belize and was instrumental in the founding of a community-based rehabilitation program that currently serves as an education center for students from around the world. He has been a dedicated member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global Health Special Interest Group since 2003 and currently serves as the programming committee chair.


Principal Investigator


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