Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Title
Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Director, Behavior and Health Program
Director, Patient/Clinician Reported Outcomes Core, Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-553B
Email
wjcoster@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-7518
Education
PhD in Psychology, Harvard University, 1986
MS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1975
BA in Art, Antioch College, 1971
Website or Lab
Kids in Context Research Lab
CV
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Courses Taught

BS in Behavior and Health

Program Director for Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health

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Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy courses

SAROT520: Evidence-Based Practice I

The first course in a sequence designed to develop knowledge and skills for using scientific evidence in clinical decision-making. The course focuses particularly on analysis and application of descriptive, relational, and qualitative research evidence.

SAROT620: Evidence-Based OT Practice II

This second course in the evidence-based practice sequence focuses on critical analysis of research on intervention effectiveness. Students examine issues of internal, external, and statistical validity as they relate to the appropriate use of evidence for clinical decision-making.

SAROT621: Evidence-Based OT Practice III

This is the third course in a sequence that develops skills and knowledge for evidence-based occupational therapy practice. The course focuses on generating evidence for one's own practice. The course introduces students to methods to examine generating group level (program evaluation) individual outcomes (single subject design).

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PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences courses

SARRS870: Emerging Topics

A seminar for doctoral students that focuses on a different topic each semester.

Dr. Coster's RS870 Emerging Topics included Measurement Issues in Rehabilitation Sciences and Conducting a Systematic Review

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Post-professional Distance Education OTD courses

SAROT915: Evaluating Clinical Theory and Research

This course is designed to help students think critically about the ways in which theories and models are used to guide clinical practice. In particular, we will examine the distinction between models of function and disablement and theories of how change occurs as a result of intervention, as well as how these models may or may not be related. We will examine how theories and models describe or explain a phenomenon at different levels of analysis and the types of scientific evidence required to support or refute the propositions reflected in clinical models and theories. The course is limited to students in the OTD program and is offered exclusively on-line.

SAROT916: Practicum in Theory Analysis

This course builds on OT 915: Evaluating Clinical Theory and Research. Students examine the contrasting views of mechanistic, organismic, and contextual models, and contemporary expressions of these approaches in the clinical theories. The course investigates explanatory models of change through a critical examination of the theoretical bases of intervention approaches in occupational therapy. Students examine in depth a theory relevant to their doctoral project. The course is limited to students in the OTD program who have completed OT 915. It is offered exclusively on-line.

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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

The primary focus of my research program is the development of conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound measures of activity, participation, and environment. My overarching concern is to create measures for the field of rehabilitation that appropriately reflect individuals’ ability to engage in activities and participate in situations that are important for their satisfaction and well-being. Some of these measures are directed to practice, i.e. to provide assessments that gather information on the issues of greatest relevance to consumers. Others are designed to support outcomes measurement purposes (either research or program evaluation). Although my primary clinical work has been with children, my work extends to adult populations as well. The long term goal of this work is the development of a series of measures that help to advance rehabilitation science and support best practice.

My measurement projects have included the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI),  PEDI-CAT, and PEDI-CAT-ASD; the School Function Assessment; the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY); the Late-Life Function and Disability inventory; and Activity Measures for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) for adults.

My primary clinical practice focus has been in schools and other community programs serving children with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities.

Scholarship

Research Presentations

  • Coster, W. (May, 2014). From the PEDI to the PEDI-CAT-ASD. 3rd Annual Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Chang, F-H, & Coster, W. (April, 2014). Conceptualizing the construct of participation in adults with disabilities. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  • Pfeiffer, B. & Coster, W. (April, 2014). Development of a measure of the sensory environmental impact on participation in children with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Newman, R. & Coster, W. (April, 2014). An occupation-based self-management program for breast cancer survivors. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  • Coster, W. (November, 2013). The Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY). Department of Occupational Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Coster, W. (June, 2013). Lessons learned from the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY). UNICEF-Washington Group Task Group on Measuring the Environment. New York, NY.
  • Coster, W.J., Kramer, J.M., Kao, Y-C, Liljenquist, K.S., & Dooley, M. (April, 2013). Psychometric properties of the PEDI-CAT for children, youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Khetani, M.A., Teplicky, R., Bedell, G., & Coster, W.J. (April, 2013). Fostering knowledge about participation in occupation for children and youth: Processes and outcomes of a knowledge translation project. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Coster, W. (October, 2012). Linking the pediatric and adult SCI-CATs. Paper presented at the 2012 ACRM-ASNR Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
  • Law, M., Coster, W.,& Bedell, G. Anaby, D., Khetani, M.K., Teplicky, R.,Liljenquist, K. (September, 2012). Participation profiles at home, school and in the community: A comparison of children and youth with and without disabilities. Presented at AACPDM 66th Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC.
  • Kao, Y-C, Coster, W, Kramer, J., and the PEDI-CAT team. (April, 2011). Measuring transition of responsibility from parent to child: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT). Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kramer, J., Coster, W.J., Kao, Y-C, Orsmond, G. (April, 2011). “I’m my child’s prefrontal lobe”: Evaluation of the performance of everyday activities by parents of children with autism. Paper presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bedell, G., Coster, W., Law, M., & Teplicky, R. (April, 2011). The Participation and Environment Measure – Child and Youth Version (PEM-CY): Descriptive and psychometric findings. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kao, Ying-chia & Coster, W.J. Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI): What translation has taught us about culture and development. (May, 2010). Poster presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Santiago, Chile.
  • Coster, W.J. (April, 2010). Capturing the influence of environment on children’s participation. Paper presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Other Presentations

  • Coster, W. (March, 2014). Developing effective interventions in OT: Balancing our focus on the whole and on the parts. 7th Annual Occupational Science Scholar Series, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.
  • Coster, W., (January, 2014). Recent work in pediatric assessment: The PEDI-CAT and PEM-CY. Umeâ University, Umeâ, Sweden.
  • Mulcahey, M.J. & Coster, W. (April, 2013). Computer adaptive testing: A primer for occupational therapy practitioners. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Coster, W. (November, 2013). What does the future of academic occupational therapy look like? Five trends. Department of Occupational Therapy, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • Coster, W. (October, 2013). Assessing outcomes in clinical practice and research: Does what we do make a difference? Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Sâo Paulo, Sâo Paulo, Brazil.
  • Coster, W. (October, 2013). Occupational Therapy in the United States and at Boston University. Federal University of Sâo Carlos, Sâo Carlos, Brazil.
  • Coster, W. (November, 2012). Assessing outcomes in clinical practice and research: Does what we do make a difference? Distinguished Scholar Lecture, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University. Miami, FL.
  • Coster, W. (June, 2012). Outcome measurement in comparative effectiveness research. New Frontiers in Disability-Related Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Boston, MA.
  • Coster, W. (January, 2012). Theory: An introduction. Esteemed Scholar Seminar, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • Coster, W. (December 2011). Making the best match: Selecting outcome measures. Invited presentation at Advancing Clinical Trials and Outcome Research (ACTOR) Conference sponsored by AOTA and AOTF. Washington, DC.

Recent Publications

  • Hwang, F-H, & Coster, W.J. (In press). Conceptualizing the construct of participation in adults with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Kao, Y-C, Kramer, J.M., Liljenquist, K.S., & Coster, W.J. (In press). Association between impairment, function, and daily life task management in children and youth with autism. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.
  • Anaby, D., Law, M., Coster, W., Bedell, G., Khetani, M., Avery, L., & Teplicky, R. (2014). The mediating role of the environment in explaining participation of children and youth with and without disabilities across home, school and community. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, 908-917.
  • Khetani, M., Marley, J., Baker, M., Albrecht, E., Bedell, G., Coster, W., Anaby, D., & Law, M. (2014).  Validity of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY) for health impact assessment (HIA) in sustainable development projects. Disability and Health, 7(2), 226-235.
  • Amaral, M.F., Drummond, A.D., Coster, W.J. & Mancini, M.C. (2014). Household task participation of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and typical development. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(2), 414-422.
  • Kuo, M.H., Orsmond, G.I., Coster, W.J., & Cohn, E.S. (2013 Oct 18). Media use among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. [Epub ahead of print).
  • Kramer, J., Rubin, A., Coster, W., Helmuth, E., Hermos, J., Rosenbloom, D., Moed, R.…Lachowitz, M. T. (2014). Strategies to address the challenges of participant misrepresentation in web-based research. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 23, 120-129.
  • Coster, W. & Frolek Clark, G. (2013). Best practice in school occupational therapy evaluation. In G. Frolek Clark & B. E. Chandler, (eds.) Best practices in school occupational therapy. (pp. 83-93). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Coster, W., Law, M., Bedell, G. Liljenquist, K., Kao, Y-C, Khetani, M., & Teplicky, R.   (2013). School participation, supports, and barriers of students with and without disabilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 39, 535-543. Doi:10.1111/cch.12046
  • Cohn, E. & Coster, W. (2013). Unpacking our theoretical reasoning: Theory and practice in occupational therapy. In B. Schell, G. Gillen (eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed)(pp. 478-493). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Khetani, M.A. & Coster, W. (2013). Social participation. In B. Schell, G. Gillen (eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed)(pp. 731-744). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Chang, F-H, Helfrich, C.A., & Coster, W.J. (2013). Psychometric properties of the Practical Skills Test (PST). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 246-253. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.006627.
  • Coster, W. J. (2013). Making the best match: Selecting outcome measures for clinical trials and outcome studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 162–170. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.006015
  • Bedell, G., Coster, W., Law, M., Liljenquist, K., Kao, Y-C., Teplicky, R., Anaby, D., & Khetani, M.A. (2013). Community participation, supports and barriers of school age children with and without disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 94, 315-323.
  • Law, M., Anaby, D., Teplicky, R., Khetani, M., Coster, W., and Bedell, G. (2013). Participation in the home environment among children and youth with and without disabilities. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76.
  • Khetani, M.A., Cohn, E., Orsmond, G., Law, M. & Coster, W. (2013). Parent perspectives of participation in home and community activities when receiving Part C early intervention services. Topics in Early Childhood Education, 32, 234 – 245.  DOI: 0.1177/0271121411418004.
  • Chang, F.H., Coster W.J., & Helfrich, C.A. (2013). Community participation measures for people with disabilities: A systematic review of content from an ICF perspective. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94. 771-781. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2012.10.031.
  • Gleason, K. & Coster, W. (2012). An ICF-CY-based content analysis of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-II. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37, 285-293. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2012.720675.
  • Bedell, G., Khetani, M.A., Coster, W.J., Law, M., & Cousins, M. (2012). Community, social and civic life. In A. Majnemer, Ed. Measures for children with developmental disabilities: An ICF-CY approach (p. 416-432). London, UK: MacKeith Press.
  • Khetani, M.A., Bedell, G., Coster, W., Cousins, M., & Law, M. (2012). Environmental factors: Physical, social and attitudinal environment. In A. Majnemer, Ed. Measures for children with developmental disabilities: An ICF-CY approach (p. 440-454). London, UK: MacKeith Press.
  • Khetani, M. A., Orsmond, G., Cohn, E., Law, M., Coster, W. (2012). Correlates of community participation among families transitioning from part C early intervention services. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 32(3), 61-69.
  • Kao, Y-C, Kramer, J.M., Liljenquist, K., Tian, F., & Coster, W.J. (2012). Comparing the functional performance of children and youth with autism, developmental disabilities, and without disabilities using the revised Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) item banks. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 607–616. doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2012.004218.
  • Kramer, J.M., Coster, W.J., Kao, Y-C, Snow, A., Orsmond, G., & Moed, R. (2012). A new approach to the measurement of adaptive behavior: Development of the PEDI-CAT for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics,32(1),34-47.
  • Coster, W., Law, M., Bedell, G., Khetani, M., Cousins, M., & Teplicky, R. (2012). Development of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY): Conceptual basis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 54, 238-246.
  • Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkham, M. A., Haley, S., Ni, P. S., Coster, W., Kramer, J., et al. (2012). Computer adaptive test performance in children with and without disabilities: Prospective field study of the PEDI-CAT. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34, 393-401.
  • Haley, S.M., Coster, W.J., Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkham, M., Kramer, J., Ni, P., Feng, T., Kao, Y-C, Moed, R., & Ludlow, L. (2011). Accuracy and precision of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adapted Tests (PEDI-CAT). Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 53, 1100-1106. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04107.x.
  • Kuo, M.H., Orsmond, G.I., Cohn, E.S., & Coster, W.J. (2011). Friendship characteristics and activity patterns of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism. Early online. DOI: 10.1177/1362361311416380.
  • Coster, W., Bedell, G., Law, M. Khetani, M.A., Liljenquist, K., Gleason, K., & Kao, Y-C. (2011). Psychometric evaluation of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY). Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53, 1030-1037. DOI: 10.1111/j.469-8749.2011.04094x.
  • Haley, S.M., Ni, P.,Lai, J-S, Tian, F., Coster, W., Jette, A.M., Straub, D., & Cella, D. (2011). Linking the Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care and the Quality of Life Outcomes in Neurological Disorders. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92, Suppl. 1, S37-S43.
  • Donovan, N.J., Heaton, S.A., Kimberg, C.I., Wen, P-S., Waid-Ebbs, K., Coster, W.J., Singletary, F., & Velozo, C.A. (2011). Conceptualizing functional cognition in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury, 25, 348-364.
  • Bedell, G.M., Khetani, M.A., Cousins, M.A., Coster, W.J.,& Law,M.C. (2011). Parent perspectives to inform development of measures of children’s participation and environment. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,92, 765-773.
  • Hwang, Y-S, Lin, C-H, Coster, W.J., Bigsby, R., & Vergara, E. (2010). Effectiveness of cheek and jaw support to improve feeding performance of preterm infants.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 886-894. doi:10.5014/ajot.2010.090301.
  • Dumas, H.M., Fragala-Pinkham, M.A., Haley, S.M., Coster, W.J., Kramer, J.M., Kao, Ying-Chia, & Moed, R. (2010). Item bank development for a revised Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30, 168-184. doi: 10.3109/01942631003640493.
  • Lin, L-y, Orsmond, G., Coster, W., & Cohn, E. (2010). Families of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in Taiwan: The role of social support and coping in family adaptation and maternal well-being. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders,
  • Takahashi,K.,Tickle-Degnen, L., Coster, W.J., & Latham, N. (2010). Expressive behavior in Parkinson’s disease as a function of interview context. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 484-495.
  • Daunhauer, L., Coster, W., Tickle-Degnen, L. & Cermak, S. (2010).Play and cognition among young children reared in an institution. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30, 83-97.
  • Haley, S.M., Coster, W.J., Kao, Y-C, Dumas, H., Fragala-Pinkham, M., Kramer, J., Ludlow, L., & Moed, R. (2010). Lessons from use of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI):  Where do we go from here? Pediatric Physical Therapy, 22, 69-75.
  • Dunn, M.L., Coster, W.J., Orsmond, G.I., & Cohn, E.S., (2009). Household task participation of children with and without attentional problems. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 29, 258-273.
  • Dunn, M.L., Coster, W.J., Cohn, E.S., & Orsmond, G.I. (2009).  Factors associated with participation of children with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in household tasks.  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 29, 274-294.
  • Chou, Y.-H., Coster, W. J., Trombly Latham, C. A., Li, P.-L., Chung, M.-J., & Shie, J.-H. (2008). Rod bisection task: The roles of voluntary manual exploration and vision in perceptual judgment. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 107, 70-80.
  • Coster, W. J. (2008). Embracing ambiguity: Facing the challenge of measurement. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 743-752.
  • Bedell, G., & Coster, W.J. (2008). Measuring participation of school-age children with traumatic brain injuries:  Considerations and approaches. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 23, 220-229.
  • Prvu Bettger, J.A., Coster, W.J., Latham, N.K., Keysor, J.J. (2008). Analyzing change in recovery patterns in the year after acute hospitalization. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89, 1267-1275.
  • Tao, W., Haley, S.M., Coster, W.J., Ni, P., & Jette, A. (2008). An exploratory analysis of functional staging using an Item Response Theory approach.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89, 1046-1063.
  • Coster, W.J. (2008). Organizing the evidence to support practice . In S. Coppola, S. Elliott, & P. Toto (Eds.). Strategies to advance gerontology excellence (SAGE): Promoting best practice in occupational therapy (pp. 513-524). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Coster, W., Haley, S.M., Ni, P.S, Dumas, H.M., & Fragala-Pinkham, M.A.  (2008). Assessing self-care and social function using a computer adaptive testing version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89, 622-629.
  • Coster, W. & Khetani, M.A.  (2008). Measuring participation of children with disabilities: Issues and challenges. Disability& Rehabilitation, 30, 639-648.
  • Coster, W.J.  (2008). Curricular approaches to professional reasoning for evidence-based practice.  In B.A. Schell and J.W. Schell (Eds.), Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy (pp.  311-334). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams& Wilkins.
  • Haley, S.M., Gandek, B., Siebens, H., Black-Schaffer, R.M., Sinclair, S.J., Tao, W. Coster, W.J., Ni, P., & Jette, A.M.  (2008). Computerized adaptive testing for follow-up after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation:  II. Participation outcomes. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 89, 275-283.
  • Daunhauer, L., Coster, W.J., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Cermak, S. (2007).  Effects of caregiver-child interactions on play occupations among young children institutioneralized in Eastern Europe.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 429-440.
  • Coster, W., Haley, S.M., Jette, A., Tao, W., & Siebens, H.  (2007). Predictors of basic and instrumental activities of daily living performance in persons receiving rehabilitation services.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 88, 928-935.

Recent Professional Activities

  • Visiting Professor, Dept of Occupational Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Fall 2013.
  • Director, Patient/Clinician Reported Outcomes Core, Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center.  Appointed September 2011.
  • Member, Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues – Institute of Medicine (IOM). Appointed 2009.
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Appointed 2010.
  • Research Advisory Panel Member – American Occupational Therapy Association – 2007-2012.
  • Lead Mentor: Leadership Mentoring Program for Occupational Therapy Faculty – American Occupational Therapy Foundation – 2007, 2010.
  • Project Director for International Conference on Evidence-based Occupational Therapy – American Occupational Therapy Foundation – 2006

Recent Grant Activity

Computer adaptive testing of adaptive behavior of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. NIH/NICHD – R21 HD065281-01. Principal Investigator – 2009 – 2013.
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the validity of the PEDI-CAT Daily Activities, Social/Cognitive and Responsibility domains for children and youth with ASD. The project will use feedback from parents and professionals to guide item and response revision or clarification, after which a field study will be conducted. Data from the field study will be analyzed using item-response theory methods to examine whether responses from the ASD sample fit the current PEDI-CAT. The CAT will be modified as needed and then tested in a validity study comparing responses from the PEDI-CAT and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales.

Development of Measures of Participation and Environment for Children with Disabilities. Department of Education/ NIDRR H133G070140 – Principal Investigator – 10/1/07-9/30/11
This project developed a new parent-report survey: the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY).  An End-of-Grant Knowledge Translation grant was obtained from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).  This project is supporting development of resources for parents, professionals, and agencies to support participation by children and youth with disabilities.  They can be accessed from the CanChild website http://www.canchild.ca/.  The new measure was developed using input from families and their children with disabilities, was based on clear and consistently applied operational definitions of both participation and environment, and is now available in both web-based and paper-pencil versions.

Computer Adaptive Testing of Pediatric Self-care and Social Function. NIH/NICHD R42 HD052318-02. Phase II (Richard Moed, PI, CRECare) – Investigator – 7/1/08 – 6/30/10
This project developed a revised and expanded set of scales and items for a computer-adaptive testing form of the PEDI (PEDI-CAT). The project developed new norms derived from a sample of typically developing children and youth (ages 1-21) and youth with disabilities, and completed reliability testing of the new instrument.

Current Grant Support

Project Title: Computer adaptive tools development.
Sponsor: NIHCL2012109 Jette (PI)
Project Period: 9/1/2012-8/30/2016
Role: Investigator
The project continues previous work in assessing the feasibility of developing and integrating Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) instruments into the SSA data collection and disability evaluation process. The BU-HDR team in conjunction with NIH-RMD proposes to develop and calibrate item pools in four potential new content domains.

Project Title: Computer adaptive testing of adaptive behavior of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.
Sponsor: NIH/NICHD – R21 HD065281-01 Coster (PI)
Project Period: 9/30/09-8/31/11 (no-cost extension to 8/31/13)
Role: PI
The project will examine the appropriateness of the new PEDI-CAT for children and youth with ASD, then define and test modifications to maximize the reliability and validity of the measure for this population.

Project Title: Improving Outcome Measurement For Medical Rehabilitation Clinical Trials.
Sponsor: NIH/NICHD 1R24HD065688-02 (Jette, PI)
Project Period: 9/1/10-8/31/15
Role: Research Investigator
A collaboration among researchers from Boston University, Harvard Medical School/ Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Tufts University to enhance the capability of medical rehabilitation researchers to understand outcome measures, develop and refine measures of key rehabilitation outcomes, and improve their use in rehabilitation medicine clinical trials and related research.

Project Title: Development, validation, and field testing of CATs of physical functioning for children with cerebral palsy.
Sponsor: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Project Period: 1/1/13-9/20/15
Role: Co-Investigator
A project evaluating the ability of the Shriner’s CP-CAT to detect functional improvement after surgery.

Awards and Honors

  • Sargent College Award of Merit – Boston University – 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation – American Occupational Therapy Foundation – 2008
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award – American Occupational Therapy Association – 2007
  • Jean Ayres Research Award – American Occupational Therapy Foundation – 2001
  • Academy of Research – American Occupational Therapy Foundation – 1997
  • Roster of Fellows – American Occupational Therapy Association – 1993
  • Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Rehabilitation Research Fellowship Award – NIDRR – 1991

Licenses and Certifications

  • Registered Occupational Therapist: AOTA No. 269274; 1975
  • NBCOT Certification # AA269274
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: Massachusetts License No. 636.