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Pilot Projects The Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets

NOTE: We are not currently accepting applications for the pilot project program. Future pilot competitions are contingent upon the renewal of the NIH grant which supports the CRRLD. Please check back in fall 2015.

Application Process & Requirements
  1. Deadlines are strictly adhered to...no exceptions.
  2. All components of the application must be completed to be considered for pilot funding.
  3. Applicants should contact the program director and faculty collaborator prior to submitting an application.
  4. All materials should be emailed to rehab.info@utmb.edu.
  5. Materials will be reviewed by the Pilot Projects Committee and award notifications will be made by the dates listed above.
  6. All funded projects will be required to submit a progress report at 6 months and at the end of the funding period.
Eligibility Criteria
  1. Proposal must include a research question involving a large research, survey, or administrative dataset (patient records or databases from a single hospital will not qualify).
  2. Research question must address an issue related to rehabilitation, recovery, or disability.
  3. PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree (MD, DPT) with some evidence of research training and experience.
  4. PI must agree to collaborate with a faculty collaborator and consulting biostatistician appointed by the CRRLD who will provide advice and assistance, and help to ensure the results are published and used to develop a grant for external funding.
  5. PI must agree to adhere to all regulations regarding privacy and the ethical conduct of research involving datasets and secondary data analysis.
Download Pilot Project Application Form

Current Projects

Current CRRLD Pilot Projects
Carri Hand, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
McMaster University
Exploring the Influence of Neighborhood Characteristics and Functional Limitations on Physical and Social Participation Trajectories among Older Adults
Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L
Clinical Faculty
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Bounce-Back: Predicting Acute Readmissions from Inpatient Rehabilitation for Patients with Stroke
Chia-Chang Wang
Assistant Professor
University of Buffalo
Biopsychosocial Model of Improved Chronic Illness and Healthcare Utilization

Completed Projects

Completed CRRLD Pilot Projects
Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Medical Branch
Frailty transitions and frailty-free life expectancy among older Mexican Americans - Gender differences
Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD
Assistant Professor
Duke University
Administrative Data Linkage to Examine Outcomes after Inpatient Rehabilitation
Angela Colantonio, PhD, OTR
Senior Scientist
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Sex Differences in Acquired Brain Injury Profiles and Outcomes in a National Rehabilitation Sample
Diane M. Collins, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Medical Branch
Comparison of Rehabilitation Outcomes of Veterans and Medicare Beneficiates
Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Cognitive Aging and Health among Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury
Brad Dicianno, MD
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburg
Mobility and Functional Outcomes from a National Spina Bifida Patient Registry
Steve Fisher, PhD, PT
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Medical Branch
Physical Functioning as a Marker for 30-day Readmission
Denise Fyffe, PhD
Research Scientist Kessler Foundation Research Center
Predictors of Functional Disparities among Individuals Living with Spinal Cord Injury
Mary Khetani, Sc.D., OTR
Assistant Professor
Colorado State University
Predictors of Community Participation Among Young Children who have Received Part C Early Intervention Services and are Entering Kindergarten
Sunny Kim, PhD
Associate Professor
University of California - Davis
Arthroplasty type and patient age for predicting probability of re-operation after arthroplasty for displaced femoral neck fractures
Alan Kozlowski, PhD, PT
Post Doctoral Fellow
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Modeling Functional Outcomes from Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Databases with Individual Growth Models
Elham Mahmoudi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan
Physical Disability and Disparities in Health Care
Elizabeth Marfeo, PhD
Research Instructor
Boston University
Examining contextual factors and community participation among older adults
Mark Peterson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Obesity Misclassification and Cardiometabolic Risk among Adults with Chronic Physical Disabilities
Christopher Pretz, PhD
Lead Biostatistician
Craig Hospital
Individual Trajectories for Risk of Hospitalization Following Inpatient Rehabilitation
Juli Wylegala, PhD, PT
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Buffalo
Functional Independence and Healthcare Experiences Following Discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation
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The Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets includes a consortium of investigators at the University of Texas Medical Branch,
Cornell University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.
The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health - National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research in the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (grant # R24-HD065702).