Fellowships & Jobs for Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Institute for Healthcare Studies Fellowship
The Institute for Healthcare Studies at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University offers two-year post-doctoral research fellowships in health services research, funded by a National Research T32 Service Award (NRSA). This program is integrated with a National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) post-doctoral institutional training grant, and both a PhD and MD post-doctoral program in health services research sponsored by the Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research (MCHSPR), Hines VA Hospital.
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Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
Dr. Miriam Rafferty earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2010 while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Dr. Rafferty spends approximately 15% of her time treating patients at RIC, and the remainder of her time completing postdoctoral research training in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University. Dr. Rafferty’s research focuses on the knowledge translation pathway, facilitating and studying the implementation of evidence-based physical therapy practice in real-world clinical settings.
Three ongoing projects are:
- studying current physical therapy practice patterns for people with Parkinson’s disease through electronic health record data,
- assessing barriers and facilitators to preventive and maintenance physical therapy delivery models through mixed methods research, and
- piloting the implementation of preventive physical therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Her long-term research goals include scaling the implementation of evidence-based physical therapy delivery across other diagnoses and across multiple centers, as well as comparative effectiveness research to strengthen the evidence on the long-term effectiveness of physical therapy for the management of people with chronic health conditions and disability. Dr. Rafferty is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and the National Parkinson Foundation.