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Stephen M. Haley, PT, PhD, FAPTA 1951 – 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Dr Stephen Haley, husband, father, grandfather, brother, as well as a friend, colleague and mentor to many. Steve passed away on July 16th at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long and hard-fought battle against leukemia. Steve was diagnosed in 2006 and had a successful stem cell transplant. Unfortunately, he developed graft versus host disease, which severely compromised his lung function. Throughout this ordeal, Steve remained positive and continued to make significant scientific and professional contributions. However, his lung function deteriorated to the point where his only option was a lung transplant. Steve received a lung transplant on June 22nd but developed fatal complications.
Steve leaves his wife Karen, daughters Emily and Beth, and one granddaughter Abby. Steve was an esteemed colleague, valued mentor, and generous friend to numerous rehabilitation researchers with whom he collaborated across the globe. He was passionate about improving the quality of rehabilitation research and was particularly committed to improving the care and quality of life of children with disabilities. Over the past 5 years Steve set a high standard of courage and of intellectual commitment in the face of a devastating and painful illness and significant impairments.
Steve received his certificate in physical therapy in 1974 from Ohio State University and was awarded a PhD in educational psychology in 1983 from the University of Washington. He was a distinguished researcher and scholar in the development and application of rehabilitation outcome measures in research and clinical practice with children and adults. During his career, he received numerous prestigious grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He contributed over 150 scholarly articles to the health care literature. He was a gifted teacher and engaging speaker who was sought after to lecture around the world. In the 1990’s, he led a team that developed the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI), used worldwide to evaluate the functioning of children with disabilities. Throughout his research career, he challenged himself and others to apply the most cutting-edge research and technological developments to the field of rehabilitation. His enormous scope of work, productivity and commitment to the highest standards of research conduct challenged and inspired his students and colleagues.
At the time of his death, Steve was Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, Associate Director of its Health & Disability Research Institute, and served as Director of Research of the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at Boston’s Franciscan Hospital. He received numerous awards for this research and scholarship including, in 1993, the Golden Pen Award for contributions to the Physical Therapy Journal and, in 2006, the Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Literature in Physical Therapy. In 2009 he was selected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.
The rehabilitation field has benefited from Steve’s many contributions. We will miss Steve’s intellect, passion, warmth and humor. We will keep you informed as we consider suitable ways to honor Steve’s life.