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Free Archived Webinar Series: “The State of the Science of Advancing Arthritis Research”

October 6th, 2014 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

This Webinar series was developed by the Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) as part of the New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research delivered in April 2014. It contains presentations from Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PT, PhD, IOM Core Director Paolo Bonato, PhD, and PRO Core investigator Nancy Latham, PT, PHD.
View the videos here:

Welcome Jonathan Comins, PhD, Boston ROC’s new Post-Doctoral Fellow

September 10th, 2014 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

jonathan comins

The Boston ROC Team is excited to announce that Jonathan Comins, PT, PhD will be joining the Boston ROC as our post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Comins is currently Research Associate – Department of Sports Surgery, Bispebjerg Hospital and Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen.  During his tenure at the Boston ROC visiting scientist, he will be working on a project to adapt a new patient reported outcome measure, Knee Numeric-Entity Evaluation Score (KNEES-ACL),  to a US setting.

Dr. Comin’s recently visited Boston to present his work to date on the KNEES-ACL and present his scope of work for his fellowship and beyond.


Selected References:

Comins, J., Brodersen, J., Krogsgaard, M., & Beyer, N. (2008). Rasch analysis of the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS): a statistical re‐evaluation. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports18(3), 336-345. PMID: 18028282

Comins, J. D., Krogsgaard, M. R., & Brodersen, J. (2013). Ensuring face validity in patient-related outcome scores—A matter of content. The Knee20(2), 72-78.  PMID: 23159150

Comins, J. D., Krogsgaard, M. R., & Brodersen, J. (2013). Development of the Knee Numeric‐Entity Evaluation Score (KNEES–ACL): A condition‐specific questionnaire. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports23(5), e293-e301. PMID: 23683035

Comins, J. D., Krogsgaard, M. R., Kreiner, S., & Brodersen, J. (2013). Dimensionality of the Knee Numeric‐Entity Evaluation Score (KNEES‐ACL): A condition‐specific questionnaire. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports23(5), e302-e312.  PMID: 23682990

Boston ROC Visiting Scientist Mary Stilphen, DPT Implements PRO at Cleveland Clinic

August 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized


Mary Stilphen DPT, Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, and a member of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic is a visiting scientist with the BostonROC. Her work focuses on using outcome data from the AM-PAC short forms to inform decision-making about service delivery and discharge recommendations at Cleveland Clinic. She has examined data collected at Cleveland Clinics (50,000+ assessments) and is developing proposals to conduct funded research.


Selected References:

Jette, D. U., Stilphen, M., Ranganathan, V. K., Passek, S. D., Frost, F. S., & Jette, A. M. (2014). AM-PAC “6-Clicks” Functional Assessment Scores Predict Acute Hospital Discharge Destination. Physical therapy. PMID: 24764073 

Jette, D. U., Stilphen, M., Ranganathan, V. K., Passek, S. D., Frost, F. S., & Jette, A. M. (2014). Validity of the AM-PAC “6-Clicks” Inpatient Daily Activity and Basic Mobility Short Forms. Physical therapy94(3), 379-391. PMID: 24231229

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March 8th, 2013 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Face into the Storm:

Gaining the System Skills Needed to Succeed in the
Changing Healthcare Environment

June 7, 2013  Boston, MA

This one-day conference, co-sponsored by the APTA and Boston University’s Health & Disability Research Institute, focuses on the need to develop systems skills as a critical component of physical therapy practice.  Click to read more about the conference, agenda, speaker list, and information regarding CEU’s for this event!

Conference Agenda

Scientist from Germany Visits Boston ROC

November 7th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Boston ROC had an exciting opportunity for international collaboration.  Eva Stoiber, MD spent the fall working with researchers at the Boston ROC to expand her interest in  outcome measurement and the use of different instruments to evaluate the patient health status, especially in diseases with chronic pain.  Dr. Stoiber received her MD degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and has conducted research in obstetrical procedures and outcomes of very-low-birth-weight-infants, and the treatment of migraine headaches with acupuncture. She worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and assisted with a NIH grant application on a multi-center pilot study of dialysis vascular access graft survival.  Since 2001, Dr. Stoiber has been working in private practice with focus on Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health at Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University.

While at Boston ROC, Dr. Stoiber worked with Boston ROC’s Co-Director Dr. Alan Jette, and Boston ROC research scientists Drs. Pengsheng Ni and Christine McDonough to evaluate the Osteoarthritis Computer Adaptive Test (OA-CAT) for patients with hip dysplasia.  She compared scores on the OA-CAT to scores from other instruments commonly used to assess person with osteoarthritis (i.e., WOMAC, Modified Harris Hip Score and SF12. During her stay at Boston ROC, Dr. Stoiber had the opportunity to gain insight into different aspects of study design, data management, scoring procedures, statistical analysis and evaluation of results.

Dr. Stoiber presented the results of her anaylsis and a summary of her experience with the Boston ROC on Wednesday, November 14 at 12pm. Visit the BostonROC calendar for more information.

PBM Core Works with Three New Research Fellows!

November 7th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Boston ROC welcomes Marla Beauchamp, PT, PhD, who recently joined the Boston ROC community as postdoctoral research fellow.  Dr. Beauchamp will work with Drs. Bean and Jette to analyze data from the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly (Boston RISE) study, an NIA-funded prospective cohort study involving 430 primary care patients aged who are over 65 years of age and who are identified as at risk for declining mobility and disability.  Dr. Beauchamp plans examine the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument (LLFDI).  Hailing from Canada, Marla received her PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada, where she studied balance assessment and treatment in individuals with chronic respiratory disease, with a focus on strategies to prevent functional decline in this population. Dr. Beauchamp is supported by a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Charles Odonkor, MA is in his final year at the Yale School of Medicine and he completed his master’s degree in cell, molecular and developmental biology at the Washington University in St. Louis. Charles’ interests include research on mobility, stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Over the summer, Charles worked in Dr. Jonathan Bean’s lab at the Spaulding Outpatient Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He reviewed data from the Boston RISE study and compared the attributes of two measures of walking performance: the figure-of-8 walk-test and the habitual gait-speed.

Julia Thomas spent the summer collaborating with Boston ROC researchers as a fellow in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program through the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).  Julia is currently in her second year at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. Prior to pursing her medical degree, she worked for two years as a research assistant with Dr. Jonathan Bean on Boston RISE baseline data to determine the rehabilitative and medical impairments associated with static balance in older adults.

ACRM Pre-Conference Workshop to include Boston ROC Researcher

June 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mary Slavin, PT, PhD, part of the Boston ROC PRO Core, will be part of a pre-conference workshop at the ACRM annual meeting this fall, “Validation of New Measures of Patient Reported Outcomes for Rehabilitation Medicine.” The target audience for the workshop are clinicians and researchers interested in neurologic rehabilitation. Co-presenters include David Tulsky, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes and Assessment Research; Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, Director of Rehabilitation Research at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA. and the Project Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education; and Claire Kalpakjian, PhD Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan.

CER Conference Available as a Free Live Webcast!

June 5th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Disability CER Title Webcast

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear leading experts discuss disability related comparative effectiveness research. This live webcast is free, but you must register to gain access. Click here to read more and register for the webcast


  • Pros and Cons of Different Research Designs for CER
  • Diagnosis and Classification in CER
  • Defining Treatment Interventions
  • Outcome Measurement in CER

Dr. Stephen Haley receives Posthumous Commendation from NARRTC

May 2nd, 2012 in Uncategorized


Stephen Haley, PT, PhD , FAPTA,  (1951-2011) has been awarded a posthumous commendation from NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers). The purpose of this award is to recognize his career achievements in research, teaching, service, and advocacy in the field of disability.

The recognition was bestowed posthumously upon Dr. Haley during an Awards Ceremony/Luncheon on April 26, 2012, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Registration is now Open!

April 23rd, 2012 in Uncategorized

Disability CER Title

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is an important national initiative that will have a significant impact on decision-making regarding intervention that affect the health, function, and quality of life for persons with disabilities. Join us as we explore this new frontier!

Conference Highlights

  • Panel Discussion: Pros and Cons of Different Research Designs for CER
  • Presentations: Diagnosis and Classification in CER, Defining Treatment Interventions, and Outcome Measurement in CER
  • Workshops: CER and Cost Effectiveness, Teaching CER Competencies, Translating Technical Advances to Practice, Mental Health and CER, CER Trials in Action: An Example from a Current CER trial
  • CER Funding Opportunities: Discussion with representatives from key funding agencies (NCMRR, AHRQ, PCORI)

View the conference agenda here.

This conference brings together 17 leading experts on disability-related research and CER.

View a list of conference speakers here.

This conference is intended for health care providers and administrators, researchers, academicians, and consumers and their families. Attendance is limited to 100 participants, so we recommend that you register early. Registration is $200 with a reduced rate of $100 for students and post-doctoral fellows.


Click here to register.


Click to view the conference brochure.

Please come to Boston…

The conference will be held at Boston University in the Trustees Room at 1 Silber Way.  When you enter the building, follow signs and take the elevator to the 9th floor.  View a Map of the Boston University Campus.

Rooms for conference attendees are available at a reduced rate, at the Hyatt Cambridge, just a short distance from the Boston University Campus. View information about the Hyatt Cambridge here.


We reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $209/night for conference attendees.  We recommend that you book your hotel early, as this rate is subject to room availability.   When you register for the conference, you will receive an email with a link to the conference Hyatt registration site


Red Sox at Fenway Park: Join us the evening before the conference!

June 21st at 7 pm  Boston Red Sox vs Miami Marlins

Reserve a ticket here.


Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1 R13 HS021405-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Department of Health and Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsements by the U.S. Government.

This grant was awarded to three Medical Rehabilitation Infrastructure Network Centers, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)- National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR):
Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets (CRRLD),  Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement Center (Boston ROC), and Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

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