Current Projects

Spinal Cord Independence Measure, Version III (SCIM-III) Administration & Scoring Guidelines

This project is developing administration and scoring guidelines for use when conducting the SCIM-III as a performance measure and as an interview.

Coaching Outcomes in Community Dwelling Adults with Spinal Cord Injuries and/or their Informal Caregivers

This study seeks to examine the outcomes of Coaching in Context on participation in community-dwelling adults with spinal cord injuries, their caregivers or both.  

Post-discharge Support for Caregivers of Adults with Stroke through Telehealth Coaching in Context

This study examines the feasibility of Coaching in Context for caregivers of individuals with acute stroke and examine its effectiveness when compared to standard of care. Funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Pilot Study of Coaching Outcomes with Caregivers of Children with Spinal Cord Injury

This study is designed to establish methodologies for a larger clinical trial of coaching outcomes for caregivers of persons with chronic disabilities. Funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Development & Validation of a Fidelity of Intervention Measure for Health Coaching in Context

This project is developing and validating a fidelity measure for occupation-based coaching for use in a future clinical trial. Funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Development & Validation of the SCI-FI Performance-by-Observation Measure

This study aims to develop and validate the SCI-FI as a performance measure. Funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Validation of the Theoretical Model of Participation for the Pediatric Measure of Participation

This project is designed to validate the conceptual framework of participation defined by the Pediatric Measure of Participation.

Development & Validation of Functional Staging for the Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Activity Measure & the Pediatric Measure of Participation

This project is designed to establish and validate functional stages of the Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Activity Measure and the Pediatric Measure of Participation to aide in the interpretation of scores.

Validation of the Pediatric Measure of Participation Short Forms, Version 2.0

This project made revisions to the Pediatric Measure of Participation Short Forms, Version 1.0 and is designed to validate the revisions.

Understanding the Nuances of Pre-clinical & Human Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

This project is developing a matrix of upper and lower extremity measures used in animal and human spinal cord injury research and identifying similarities and differences in the measures. Gaps in measurement for translation will be identified. Funded by Thomas Jefferson University Office of the Provost

The Language Differences & Commonalities Among Translational Scientists, Clinical Researchers, & Practitioners

This project aims to create a dictionary for terms used by translational scientists, clinical researchers and providers. The goal is to create a common language that can be understood by stakeholders across the translation spectrum. Funded by Thomas Jefferson University Office of the Provost

Multiparametric imaging as a Biomarker for Spinal Cord Injury

This study aims to develop and validate multiparametric imaging as a biomarker for spinal cord injury. Funded by NINDS

Evaluation of the Tool for Serial Assessment of Function in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia

This study examines the content validity and reliability of a caregiver reported tool for individuals with intellectual disabilities and dementia. Funded by the WITH Foundation in collaboration with American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.

Item-bank Development for Hand & Arm Function Test for Neurological Conditions

This study refines the items for a new hand and arm function test of performance to be used with individuals with neurological conditions.

Objective Measurement of Voluntary & Involuntary Muscle Activity in Spinal Cord Injury

This study led by Dr. Daniel Graves investigates the use of surface electromyography for objective assessment of muscle activity to create a muscle activity profile for individuals with spinal cord injury to enhance the ability to track return of muscle function. 

Knowledge Translation of Outcome Measures for the Clinicians

In collaboration with the Rehabilitation Measures Task Force, instrument summaries and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation tearsheets are developed routinely. The crosswalk of Rehabilitation Measures to the NINDS Common data elements is also a related project.

Mapping the Hand Function Test Items to International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health

This study maps the individual test items for common hand function tests in neurological conditions to the ICF core set for hand.