Rita K. Bode, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Rita K. Bode

Rita K. Bode, PhD

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



Education, Residency and Internship


DePaul University, BA, Psychology
Loyola University Chicago, MA, Education, Research Methodology
University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD, Education, Measurement and Statistics

Honors & Awards

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust Post Doctoral Fellow, Rehabilitation Services Evaluation Unit, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Urban Education Research and Development, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago


Lai, J-S, Cella D, Kupst, MJ,Holm S, Kelly M, Bode, RK, Goldman S. Measuring Fatigue for Children with Cancer: Development and validation of the Pediatric Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Fatigue (pedsFACIT-F). Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, In press.

Bode, RK, Heinemann AW, Zahara D, Lovell L. Outcomes in two post-acute non-inpatient rehabilitation settings. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2007;14(1):38-47.

Hahn EA, Cella D, Bode, RK, Gershon R, Lai J-S. Item banks and their potential applications to health status assessment in diverse populations. Medical Care 2006:44:11 Supple;S189-S197.

Lai J-S, Cella D, Tomita T, Bode, RK, Newmark M, Goldman S. Developing a health-related quality of life instrument for childhood brain tumor survivors. Child Nervous System 2007;23:47-57.

Holzner B, Bode, RK, Hahn EA, Cella D, Kopp M, Sperner-Unterweger G, Kemmler G. Equating EORTC QLQ-30 and FACT-G scores and its use in oncological research. European Journal of Cancer 2006;42:3169-77.

Schwartz CE, Welch G, Santiago-Kelley P, Bode, RK, Sun X. Computerized adaptive testing of diabetes impact: A feasibility study of Hispanics and non-Hispanics in an active clinic population. Quality of Life Research 2006;15:1503-18.

Schwartz CE, Bode, RK, Repucci N, Becker J, Sprangers MAG, Fayers PM. The clinical significance of adaptation to changing health: A meta-analysis of response shift. Quality of Life Research 2006;15:1533-50.

Hahn EA, Bode, RK, Du H, Cella D. Evaluating the linguistic equivalence of patient-reported outcomes in a cancer clinical trial. Clinical Trials 2006;3(3):280-290.

Silverstein B, Findley PA, Bode, RK. Usefulness of the nursing home quality measures and quality indicators for assessing skilled nursing facility rehabilitation outcomes. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2006;87(8):1021-5.

Hart T, Whyte J, Millis S, Bode, RK, Malec J. Dimensions of disordered attention in traumatic brain injury: Further validation of the Moss Attention Rating Scale. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2006;87(5):647-55.

Bode, RK, Lai J-S, Dineen K, Heinemann AW, Shevrin D, vonRoenn J, Cella D. Expansion of a physical function item bank and development of an abbreviated form for clinical research. Journal of Applied Measurement. 2006:7(1):1-15.

Research Interests

Focused on the application of psychometric methods to the development and enhancement of instruments used in medical rehabilitation and quality of life research. She is currently involved in the development of quality of life item banks and their use in computer adaptive testing and consults with a number of educational, social service and medical organizations.

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