Mary Slavin, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management
Mary Slavin


Dr. Mary Slavin is the Director of Education and Dissemination at the Health & Disability Research Institute (HDR). She is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the rehabilitation field, serving as a clinician, educator and researcher. Dr. Slavin’s interests include promoting evidence-based practice in rehabilitation and use of appropriate measures to assess rehabilitation outcomes. 


  • Clark University, PhD
  • Boston University, MS
  • Northeastern University, BS


  • Published on 3/28/2014

    Pardasaney PK, Ni P, Slavin MD, Latham NK, Wagenaar RC, Bean J, Jette AM. Computer-adaptive balance testing improves discrimination between community-dwelling elderly fallers and nonfallers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jul; 95(7):1320-1327.e1.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Slavin MD. Invited commentary. Phys Ther. 2014 Mar; 94(3):321-2.

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  • Published on 5/23/2013

    Pardasaney PK, Slavin MD, Wagenaar RC, Latham NK, Ni P, Jette AM. Conceptual limitations of balance measures for community-dwelling older adults. Phys Ther. 2013 Oct; 93(10):1351-68.

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  • Published on 3/31/2013

    Kratz AL, Slavin MD, Mulcahey MJ, Jette AM, Tulsky DS, Haley SM. An examination of the PROMIS(®) pediatric instruments to assess mobility in children with cerebral palsy. Qual Life Res. 2013 Dec; 22(10):2865-76.

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  • Published on 5/17/2012

    Jette AM, Tulsky DS, Ni P, Kisala PA, Slavin MD, Dijkers MP, Heinemann AW, Tate DG, Whiteneck G, Charlifue S, Houlihan B, Williams S, Kirshblum S, Dyson-Hudson T, Zanca J, Fyffe D. Development and initial evaluation of the spinal cord injury-functional index. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Oct; 93(10):1733-50.

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  • Published on 5/16/2012

    Tulsky DS, Jette AM, Kisala PA, Kalpakjian C, Dijkers MP, Whiteneck G, Ni P, Kirshblum S, Charlifue S, Heinemann AW, Forchheimer M, Slavin MD, Houlihan B, Tate DG, Dyson-Hudson T, Fyffe DG, Williams S, Zanca J. Spinal cord injury-functional index: item banks to measure physical functioning in individuals with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Oct; 93(10):1722-32.

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  • Published on 11/23/2011

    Pardasaney PK, Latham NK, Jette AM, Wagenaar RC, Ni P, Slavin MD, Bean JF. Sensitivity to change and responsiveness of four balance measures for community-dwelling older adults. Phys Ther. 2012 Mar; 92(3):388-97.

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  • Published on 10/20/2009

    Slavin MD, Kisala PA, Jette AM, Tulsky DS. Developing a contemporary functional outcome measure for spinal cord injury research. Spinal Cord. 2010 Mar; 48(3):262-7.

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  • Published on 12/1/2007

    Nabulsi M, Harris J, Letelier L, Ramos K, Hopayian K, Parkin C, Porzsolt F, Sestini P, Slavin M, Summerskill W. Effectiveness of education in evidence-based healthcare: the current state of outcome assessments and a framework for future evaluations. Int J Evid Based Healthc. 2007 Dec; 5(4):468-76.

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  • Published on 7/11/2006

    Haley SM, Ni P, Hambleton RK, Slavin MD, Jette AM. Computer adaptive testing improved accuracy and precision of scores over random item selection in a physical functioning item bank. J Clin Epidemiol. 2006 Nov; 59(11):1174-82.

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