CROR Postdoctoral Fellowship - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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CROR Postdoctoral Fellows

Fellowship in Health Services Research
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Institute for Healthcare Studies and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine anticipate the availability of postdoctoral health services research fellowships. These two-year, full-time fellowships provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a doctoral degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research, with the goal of preparing fellows for a career in health services research.

Program graduates will help ensure that there are adequate numbers of highly trained individuals to carry out the Nation’s health services research agenda, with a focus on improving quality and safety of healthcare, enhancing access and healthcare equity, and appraising the effectiveness of healthcare expenditures and health policy. Complete information about this fellowship.

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:

  1. studying current physical therapy practice patterns for people with Parkinson’s disease through electronic health record data,
  2. assessing barriers and facilitators to preventive and maintenance physical therapy delivery models through mixed methods research, and
  3. 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.

Carmen E. Capo-Lugo, PhD

Dr. Carmen E. Capo-Lugo is a post-doctoral fellow in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Health-focused Patient Management.

Her research focuses on identifying and optimizing processes of care associated with neurorehabilitation in order to promote long-term patient recovery. Specifically, Dr. Capo-Lugo is interested developing patient-centered approaches to neurorehabilitation that provide continuity of care between acute and sub-acute rehabilitation setting and long-term community recovery for individuals with acquired neurological disabilities. Currently, she utilizing mixed-methods to identify facilitators and barriers to participation in community-based physical activity and to tailor a web-based program to promote long term maintenance of physical activity after rehabilitation discharge in the population post-stroke. Her research is funded through a Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and a postdoctoral fellowship (F32) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Capo-Lugo envisions developing a career at the intersection of rehabilitation, neuroscience, and health services research and becoming an emerging researcher in translational rehabilitation research.