Allen W. Heinemann, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Allen W. Heinemann

Allen W. Heinemann, PhD

  • Director, CROR, RIC
  • Associate Director of Research, RIC
  • Professor, PM&R, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU
  • Senior Faculty Fellow, Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies, NU



Education, Residency and Internship


Washington State University, BS, Psychology
University of Kansas, MA, Clinical Psychology (Rehabilitation Specialty)


University of Kansas, PhD, Clinical Psychology (Rehabilitation Specialty)

Honors & Awards

  • 2006 - Distinguished Member Award, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • 2005 - Presidential Address, The search for meaningful outcomes in rehabilitation psychology. Presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August 19.
  • 2005 - Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • 2005 - Presidential Address, ACRM’s Evolving Mission: Opportunities to Promote Rehabilitation Research, Presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, IL, September 30. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in press.
  • 2005 - Keynote speaker, Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, Presentation titled: Community Participation from the Perspective of Multiple Stakeholders, October 21, 2005, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 2005 - Morita Distinguished Fellow, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, December 5-9, 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii.



Fann JR, Bombardier CH, Richards JS, Wilson CS, Heinemann AW, Warren AM, Brooks L, McCullumsmith CB, Temkin NR, Warms C, Tate DG, the PRISMS Investigators. Venlafaxine Extended-Release for Depression Following Spinal Cord InjuryA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015. Epub January 21, 2015. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2482.


Jensen SE, Butt Z, Heinemann AW, Magasi S, Cella D, Kuiken TA, Dumanian GA. Perceptions of the Risks and Benefits of Upper Limb Transplantation among Individuals with Upper Limb Amputations. Plastic and Recon Surg. 2014;134(5):979-87. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000584. PubMed PMID: 25054242.

Pretz CR, Kozlowski AJ, Charlifue S, Chen Y, Heinemann AW. Using Rasch motor FIM individual growth curves to inform clinical decisions for persons with paraplegia. Spinal Cord. 2014;52(9):671-6. doi: 10.1038/sc.2014.94. PubMed PMID: 24937699.

Tulsky D, Kisala P, Victorson D, Carlozzi N, Bushnik T, Sherer M, Choi S, Heinemann AW, Chiaravalloti N, Sander A, Englander J, Hanks R, Kolakowsky-Hayner S, Roth E, Gershon R, Rosenthal M, Cella D. TBI-QOL:  Development and Calibration of item banks to measure patient reported outcomes following traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehab. in press.

Bombardier CH, Fann JR, Wilson CS, Heinemann AW, Richards JS, Warren AM, Tate DG, et al. A randomized controlled trial of venlafaxine XR for major depressive disorder after spinal cord injury: Methods and lessons learned. J Spinal Cord Med, 2014; 37(3): 247-263. doi: 10.1179/2045772313Y.0000000138

Bode RK, Heinemann AW, Kozlowski AJ, Pretz CR. Self-Scoring Templates for Motor and Cognitive Subscales of the FIM Instrument for Persons With Spinal Cord Injury, Arch Phys Med Rehab,2014; 95(4):676-679 e675.

Heinemann AW, Connelly L, Ehrlich-Jones L, Fatone S. Outcome Instruments for Prosthetics Clinical ApplicationsPhys Med Rehabil Clin N Am, 25 (2014) 179–198.

Heinemann AW, Dijkers MP, Ni P, Tulsky DS, Jette A. Measurement Properties of the Spinal Cord Injury-Functional Index (SCI-FI) Short Forms Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehab, 95(7), 1289-1297, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.031.

Heinemann AW, Magasi S, Hammel J, Carlozzi NE, Garcia SF, Hahn EA, Lai J-S, Tulsky DS, Gray DB, Hollingsworth H, Jerousek S. Environmental Factors Item Development for Persons with Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehab, 94(12), doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.11.024.

Kalpakjian CZ, McCullumsmith CB, Fann JR, Richards JS, Stoelb BL, Heinemann AW, Bombardier CH. (2014). Post-traumatic growth following spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med, 37(2), 218-225. doi: 10.1179/2045772313Y.0000000169

Mallinson T, Deutsch A, Bateman J, Tseng H, Manheim L, Almagor O, Heinemann AW. Comparison of Discharge Functional Status After Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing, Home Health, and Medical Rehabilitation Settings for Patients After Hip Fracture Repair, Arch Phys Med Rehab, Vol 95, Issue 2, February 2014, Pages 209-217.

Moore J, Raad J, Ehrlich-Jones L, Heinemann AW. Development and Use of a Knowledge Translation Tool: The Rehabilitation Measures Database, Arch Phys Med Rehab, 2014;95(1):197-202.

Tulsky, DS, Kisala, PA, Lai, JS, Carlozzi, N, Hammel, J, & Heinemann, AW (2014). Developing an Item Bank to Measure Economic Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehab. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.02.030

Wong AW, Heinemann AW, Wilson CS, Neumann H, Fann JR, Tate DG, Bombardier CH, et al . Predictors of Participation Enfranchisement After Spinal Cord Injury: The Mediating Role of Depression and Moderating Role of Demographic and Injury Characteristics. Arch Phys Med Rehab. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.027

Wong W, Heinemann AW, Miskovic A, Semik P, Snyder TM. Feasibility of Computerized Adaptive Testing for Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes following Inpatient Rehabilitation, Arch Phys Med Rehab, Available online 16 January 2014.


Mallinson T, Deutsch A, Bateman J, Tseng H-Y, Manheim L, Almagor O, Heinemann AW A Comparison of Discharge Functional Status after Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing, Home Health, and Medical Rehabilitation Settings for Patients Following Hip Fracture Repair. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 2013; 93(13): 518-22. PMID: 23850612

Moore J, Raad J, Ehrlich-Jones L, Heinemann AW. Development and Use of a Knowledge Translation Tool: The Rehabilitation Measures Database, Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2013, 93(13): 926. PMID: 24076083

Pretz CR, Kozlowski AJ, Dams-O’Connor K, Kreider S, Cuthbert J, Corrigan J, Heinemann AW, Whiteneck G. Descriptive Modeling of Longitudinal Outcome Measures in Traumatic Brain Injury: A NIDRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study Archi Phys Med Rehabil, 2013;94:579-588.

Mallinson T, Deutsch A, Bateman J, Tseng HY, Manheim L, Almagor O, Heinemann AW. A Comparison of Discharge Functional Status after Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing, Home Health, and Medical Rehabilitation Settings for Patients Following Hip Fracture Repair. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Jul 9 2013.

Papadimitriou C, Deutsch A, Magasi S, Neumann H, Heinemann AW. Eliciting Patient and Caregiver Perspectives to Improve the Public Reporting of Rehabilitation Quality Measures: Results from an Exploratory Study. Rehabilitation Nursing, Rehab Nursing 2013, 38, 24–31.

Butt Z, Lai J-S, Rao D, Heinemann AW, Bill Z, Cella D. (2013) Measurement of fatigue in cancer, stroke, and HIV using the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - fatigue (FACIT-F) scale. J of Psychosomatic Res 74(1): 64-68.

Backus D, Gassaway J, Smout RJ, Hsieh C-H, Heinemann AW, DeJong G, Horn SD. The relationship between inpatient and post-discharge services and outcomes one-year post-injury in people with traumatic spinal cord injury, Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2013;94(4 Suppl 2):S165-74.

DeJong G, Tian W, Hsieh C-H, Junn C, Karam C, Ballard PH, Smout RJ, Horn SD, Zanca JM,Heinemann AW, Hammond FM, Backus D. Rehospitalization in the First Year of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury After Discharge From Medical Rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil2013;94(4 Suppl 2):S87-97.


Tulsky DS, Jette AM, Kisala PA, Kalpakjian C, Dijkers MP, Whiteneck G, Ni P, Kirshblum S, Charlifue S, Heinemann AW, Forchheimer M, Slavin MD, Houlihan B, Tate DG, Dyson-Hudson T, Fyffe D, Williams S, Zanca J. Spinal Cord Injury-Functional Index: Item Banks to Measure Physical Functioning of Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(10),:1722-1732.

Jette A, Tulsky DS, Ni P, Kisala PA, Slavin M, Dijkers MP, Heinemann AW, Tate DG, Whiteneck G, Charlifue S, Houlihan B, Williams W, Kirshblum S, Dyson-Hudson T, Zanca J, Fyffe D.Development and initial evaluation of the spinal cord injury-functional index. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2012;93(10):1733-50.

Heinemann AW, Steeves JD, Boninger M, Groah S, Sherwood AM. State of the science in spinal cord injury rehabilitation 2011: informing a new research agenda. Spinal Cord , 20 March 2012, doi:10.1038/sc.2012.1.

Heinemann AW, Boninger ML, Brienza D, Charlifue S, Chen Y-Y, Curley KC, Graves DE, Groah S, Hudson LM, Jackson AB, Johnson KL, Kalpakjian CZ, Kusiak A, Larson KE, Agustin TS, Sherwood AM, Shinowara N, Stripling T, Tate D. State of the Science Conference in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2011: Introduction, Spinal Cord , 20 March 2012, doi:10.1038/sc.2012.13.

Saver JL, Warach S, Janis S, Odenkirchen J, Becker K, Benavente O, Broderick J, Dromerick AD, Duncan P, Elkind MSV, Johnston K, Kidwell CS, Meschia JF, Schwamm L for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Common Data Element Working Group. Standardizing the Structure of Stroke Clinical and Epidemiologic Research Data: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Stroke Common Data Element Project. Stroke. 2012;43:00-00.

Jarl G, Heinemann AW, Hermansson LN. Validity evidence for a modified version of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Users' Survey. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 2012, DOI: 10 .3109/17483107.2012.667196.

Barnett SD, Heinemann AW, Libin A, Houts AC, Gassaway J, Sen-Gupta S, Resch A, Brossart DF. Small N designs for rehabilitation research,  J of Rehab Res & Develop, 49(1), 2012.

Heinemann AW, Bode RK, Rosenbloom S, Cella, D. Developing an emotional distress item bank for cancer patients. J of App Measure, 13(1), 97-113.


Fann JR, Bombardier CH, Tate D, Richards JS, Wilson C, Warren AM, Heinemann AW. An exploration of modifiable risk factors for depression after spinal cord injury:  Which factors should we target? Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2012 May;93(5):775-81. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.12.020. Epub 2012 Mar 20.

Saver JL, Warach S, Janis S, Odenkirchen J, Becker K, Benavente O, Broderick J, Dromerick A, Duncan P, Elkind MWV, Johnston K, Kidwell JS, Meschia JF, Schwamm L for the NINDS Stroke Common Data Element Working Group. Standardizing the structure of stroke clinical and epidemiologic research data: The stroke common data element (CDE) project. Stroke, in press.

Dijkers M, Bushnik T, Heinemann AW, Heller T, Libin A, Starks J, Sherer M, Vandergoot D. Systematic reviews for informing rehabilitation practice: an introduction. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2012 May;93(5):912-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.10.032.

Mirza M, Heinemann AW. Service needs and service gaps among refugees with disabilities resettled in the United States , Disabil Rehabil. 2012;34(7):542-52. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.611211. Epub 2011 Oct 8.

Huber, M., Keferl, J.E., Lazowski, L.E., Heinemann, A.W. & Moore, D.  A comparison of didactic and learner-centered training models for substance abuse screening: Considerations for administrators. J of Rehab Admin; 2011:95-104.

Whiteneck G, Dijkers M, Heinemann AW, Bogner J, Bushnik T, Cicerone K, Corrigan J, Hart T, Malec J, Millis S. Development of the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools – Objective (PART-O) for use with Individuals after Traumatic Brain Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2011;92:542-51.

Whiteneck G, Gassaway J, Dijkers M, Lammertse D, Hammond F, Heinemann AW, Backus D, Charlifue S, Ballard P; Zanca J. Inpatient and post-discharge rehabilitation services provided in the first year after spinal cord injury: Findings from the SCIRehab study, Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92:361-8.

Kalpakjian CZ, Houlihan B, Meade MA, Karana-Zebari D, Heinemann AW, Dijkers M, Wierbicky J, Charlifue S. Marital Status, Marital Transitions, Well-Being and Spinal Cord Injury: An Examination of the Effects of Gender and Time. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011; 92(3) 433-440.

Whiteneck G,  Gassaway J, Dijkers M,  Lammertse D, Hammond F, Heinemann AW, Backus D, Charlifue S,  Ballard P, Zanca, J. Inpatient and Post-Discharge Rehabilitation Services Provided in the First Year after Spinal Cord Injury: Findings from the SCIRehab Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92(3):361-368.

Stenson KW, Deutsch A, Heinemann AW, Chen D. Obesity and Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes for Patients with a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92(3):384-390.

Corrigan JD, Cuthbert JP, Whiteneck GG, Dijkers MP, Coronado C, Heinemann AW, Harrison-Felix C, Graham JE, Representativeness of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database, J of Head Trauma Rehab, 2011; 1-13.

Whiteneck GG, Bogner JA, Heinemann AW. Advancing the measurement of participation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92:540-1.

Babbitt E, Heinemann AW, Semik P, Cherney L. Psychometric Properties of the Communication Confidence Rating Scale for Aphasia (CCRSA):Phase 2, Aphasiology, iFirst¸2011, 1-9.

Bogner J, Whiteneck G, Corrigan J, Lai JS, Dijkers MP, Heinemann AW. Comparison of Scoring Methods for the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools – Objective. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2011;92:552-63.

Heinemann AW, Lai JS,  Magasi S, Hammel J, Corrigan JD,  Bogner J,  Whiteneck GG. Measuring Participation Enfranchisement. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2011;92:564-71.

Mallinson TR, Bateman J, Tseng H-Y, Manheim L, Almagor O, Deutsch A, Heinemann AW. A comparison of discharge functional status after rehabilitation in skilled nursing, home health, and medical rehabilitation settings for patients after lower-extremity joint replacement surgery. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011;92:712-20.

Research Interests

Teaching Interests: Rehabilitation-related health services research; psychological aspects of disabling conditions; research design, statistics and methodology; behavioral medicine; neuropsychology; substance abuse and disability. Research Interests: Health services research in rehabilitation, substance abuse and traumatic injury, adjustment and coping processes following disability, injury and illness; neuropsychology; utilization of behavioral methods in rehabilitation

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