Christine M McDonough, PT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management
(617) 638-1982cmm@bu.edu

Biography

Dr. Christine McDonough is research assistant professor in Health Policy and Management in the Health & Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also affiliated with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Research interests include applying contemporary measurement methods such as Item Response Theory (IRT) and Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) as well as current models of health, functioning and disability to the development of measures of status, functioning and clinical outcomes for musculoskeletal and aging research. Dr. McDonough is also interested in the use of evidence to identify high value health care interventions. Dr. McDonough trained as a physical therapist at the University of Vermont and developed a deep interest in Orthopaedics in her first position as a staff physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She founded and directed an independent physical therapy practice focusing in orthopaedics, sports and geriatrics. After 15 years in clinical practice she undertook graduate studies at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in clinical and health services research, shared decision-making, and health care and policy decision-making, including such tools as economic evaluation and decision analysis. Her doctoral research investigated the measurement characteristics of several widely used instruments to assess clinical outcomes for cost-effectiveness analysis in spine disorders, including the EQ-5D, SF-6D, HUI, and estimated QWB. As a recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, her post-doctoral fellowship research with the Dartmouth Institute and the BU Health & Disability Research Institute provided advanced training and expertise in measurement of health, functioning, and disability using classical and contemporary methods including IRT and CAT. Dr. McDonough has been involved in the development and testing of CAT instruments to measure a range of functioning and health domains. She is the Liaison to the Dartmouth Institute for the NIH-funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT). As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) she has served on their national Research Agenda Revision Committee and the Advisory Committee on the Development of a National Outcomes Database. She is currently a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Group for the Section on Geriatrics, and the Editor and Revisions Coordinator of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Orthopaedics Section of the APTA. In addition to the Orthopaedic, Geriatric, and Research Sections of the APTA she is a member of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.

Education

  • Dartmouth College, PhD
  • Dartmouth College, MS
  • University of Vermont, BS

Publications

  • Published on 5/15/2015

    Norton G, McDonough CM, Cabral H, Shwartz M, Burgess JF. Cost-utility of cognitive behavioral therapy for low back pain from the commercial payer perspective. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 May 15; 40(10):725-33.

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  • Published on 4/28/2015

    Marfeo EE, Ni P, Chan L, Rasch EK, McDonough CM, Brandt DE, Bogusz K, Jette AM. Interpreting physical and behavioral health scores from new work disability instruments. J Rehabil Med. 2015 Apr 28; 47(5):394-402.

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  • Published on 4/15/2015

    Marino ME, Meterko M, Marfeo EE, McDonough CM, Jette AM, Ni P, Bogusz K, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Chan L. Work-related measures of physical and behavioral health function: Test-retest reliability. Disabil Health J. 2015 Apr 15.

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  • Published on 1/8/2015

    Avin KG, Hanke TA, Kirk-Sanchez N, McDonough CM, Shubert TE, Hardage J, Hartley G. Management of falls in community-dwelling older adults: clinical guidance statement from the academy of geriatric physical therapy of the american physical therapy association. Phys Ther. 2015 Jun; 95(6):815-34.

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  • Published on 12/18/2014

    Meterko M, Marfeo EE, McDonough CM, Jette AM, Ni P, Bogusz K, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Chan L. Work disability functional assessment battery: feasibility and psychometric properties. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Jun; 96(6):1028-35.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Martin RL, Davenport TE, Reischl SF, McPoil TG, Matheson JW, Wukich DK, McDonough CM, Altman RD, Beattie P, Cornwall M, Davis I, DeWitt J, Elliott J, Irrgang JJ, Kaplan S, Paulseth S, Torburn L, Zachazewski J, Godges JJ. Heel pain-plantar fasciitis: revision 2014. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Nov; 44(11):A1-A33.

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  • Published on 4/8/2013

    Ni P, McDonough CM, Jette AM, Bogusz K, Marfeo EE, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Meterko M, Haley SM, Chan L. Development of a computer-adaptive physical function instrument for Social Security Administration disability determination. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1661-9.

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  • Published on 3/30/2013

    Marfeo EE, Haley SM, Jette AM, Eisen SV, Ni P, Bogusz K, Meterko M, McDonough CM, Chan L, Brandt DE, Rasch EK. Conceptual foundation for measures of physical function and behavioral health function for Social Security work disability evaluation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1645-1652.e2.

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  • Published on 3/30/2013

    Marfeo EE, Ni P, Haley SM, Jette AM, Bogusz K, Meterko M, McDonough CM, Chan L, Brandt DE, Rasch EK. Development of an instrument to measure behavioral health function for work disability: item pool construction and factor analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1670-8.

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  • Published on 3/29/2013

    McDonough CM, Jette AM, Ni P, Bogusz K, Marfeo EE, Brandt DE, Chan L, Meterko M, Haley SM, Rasch EK. Development of a self-report physical function instrument for disability assessment: item pool construction and factor analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1653-60.

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