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Part of the mission of ENACT’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant is to contribute to the future of rheumatological research by supporting doctoral students to obtain advanced degrees in rehabilitation science. In addition to tuition support, ENACT doctoral fellows assist in ongoing ENACT research and receive rigorous, interdisciplinary mentoring. Two ENACT doctoral fellows have completed their training and are now working in the field.
Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OT, completed the doctoral program in July 2015 and was accepted as an Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training postdoctoral fellow at Boston University’s Health and Disability Research Institute, where she pursued her interest in outcome measurement. This postdoctoral fellowship program is supported by the National Institute for Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). During her fellowship, Dr. AlHeresh worked with Elizabeth Marfeo, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, an Assistant Professor within the Tufts University Occupational Therapy Department and forged connections with researchers there. She will be joining Mass General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions in the Department of Occupational Therapy in January.
Molly Vaughan, PhD, DPT, completed the doctoral program in April 2016 and began working as a Research Associate on ENACT’s Walkability Study, a collaboration with the University of North Carolina’s Thurston Arthritis Center funded jointly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Arthritis Foundation. Molly recently accepted a position with RTI International as a Research Public Health Analyst where she will be working on post-acute care setting outcome measure development and standardization as part of the Impact Act of 2010.
We look forward to the contributions of these scholars over the coming years! See more of our fellows’ work in the newsletter publications summary.
Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences held its first all-day, virtual health conference in September 2015. Health Matters – a Virtual Conference focused on innovative research and clinical approaches in health and rehabilitation.
The agenda featured a discussion between ENACT’s 3 doctoral fellows and Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT regarding the work and experience of students in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program. Other topics including communication neuroscience, human movement, traumatic brain injury, intensive language intervention, child development, and more represented the range of Sargent College research, educational, and practice activities.
Missed the conference? Watch the full presentation here
A huge congratulations to our former ENACT doctoral fellow, Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OT on successfully defending her dissertation and completing her course of study with the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences-Doctor of Rehabilitation Sciences Program at Boston University.
Dr. AlHeresh entered ENACT’s training program in July 2011 with a background in occupational therapy and experience as a full-time lecturer at the University of Jordan. There she also worked in Palestinian Refugee camps as part of a United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) backed Community-based Rehabilitation program, where she developed an interest in participation outcomes among people with disabilities. The experience motivated her to pursue doctoral training in rehabilitation which she hopes to apply to improving health services, education, prevention and research in Jordan’s rehabilitation services and in the Middle East region. At ENACT, her research focused on outcome measurement in different participation areas for people with arthritis, specifically the workplace.
Upon completion of her degree requirements, Dr. AlHeresh was accepted as a post-doctoral fellow at Boston University’s Health and Disability Research Institute (HDRI). HDRI conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the field of disability and rehabilitation research, making it a perfect fit for Dr. AlHeresh’s interests. Dr. AlHeresh is also working as a visiting scientist in the occupational therapy department at Tufts University.
We look forward to watching Dr. AlHeresh’s contributions to the field over the coming years. Congratulations Rawan!