About Us

The HDR Institute’s main goals are to:

  • Expand and conduct externally funded clinical, health services, and health outcomes research at Boston University
  • Collaborate with health care systems and providers to develop and evaluate innovative health outcome systems
  • Promote training and technical assistance in health and disability research to improve the quality of life of health care consumers
  • Provide postdoctoral-fellowship and doctoral student mentorship


Originally part of the Center for Rehabilitation Effectiveness at BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, the HDR Institute was established in 2004 and moved its operation to SPH in 2006 as a part of the School’s effort to increase its capacity to study disability as a public health issue. Faculty and staff at the HDR Institute conduct funded research and provide education and training opportunities to students and health professionals.