Coaching in Context


College of Rehabilitation Sciences




Center City


Hybrid (Online and On Campus)


12 Months

Starting Term


Supporting Coaching Fidelity for Improved Psychosocial Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injury

Study Overview

The study offers up to 10 free coaching sessions (30-45min/session) for persons with spinal cord injuries or care partners of persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The main purpose of this research is the development of a measure to assess how a coach conducts Coaching in Context sessions.

With the Coaching in Context approach, we use intentional conversations to work towards creating solutions for challenges. The challenges are those that interfere with activities that are desired, needed, or expected in daily life. Because the client is recognized as the expert of their own life, the coach does not provide advice or tell the client what to do. Instead, the coach collaborates to figure out what strategies they feel best meet their needs to meet their goals. Coaching has been shown to be highly effective for individuals with and caregivers of individuals with other chronic conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Creating a measure to assess how a coach conducts Coaching in Context sessions for persons with SCI and care partners of persons with SCI.

There is no measure that evaluates how a coach conducts Coaching in Context sessions for persons with spinal cord injuries and their care partners. The variability in coaching quality and content can adversely affect coaching outcomes. 

The client may be a candidate for the study if:

  •  18 years of age or older
  •  Speak, read, and comprehend English
  •  Internet access
  •  Are a care partner (part or full time) to someone with an spinal cord injury (SCI) or have an SCI (3 months or greater since SCI diagnosis)

  1. Potential participant will meet with the coordinator to gain a better understanding of the study and complete the onboarding process. The participant will need to answer questions about themselves and their quality of life, self-efficacy, depression, anxiety, and positivity.
  2. The study coordinator will match the participant with a trained coach. The participant and coach will schedule their coaching sessions during a mutually agreed upon day/time. During the first session, the coach will collaborate with the participant to establish goals.
  3. Participant will complete up to 10 sessions of coaching over Zoom with the coach.
  4. About halfway through the coaching sessions, the study coordinator will reach out to the participant to check in about coaching and the client-coach relationship.
  5. After completing all of the coaching sessions, the client will meet with the study coordinator to complete post-questionnaires and study wrap up procedures.

Study Phase


Est. Time



Consent, W9, ClinCard forms, questionnaires

30-60 min

Study coordinator


Up to 10 sessions

30-45 min



Halfway through coaching check in

5-10 min

Study coordinator




Study coordinator

The active study participation (data collection and coaching) will be about 10 weeks. We can accommodate for a longer time if needed. 

This study is entirely remote, primarily over Zoom.

The study coordinator will determine the coach. All of our coaches are trained coaches with experience in Coaching in Context. Their professional backgrounds may vary, but many of our coaches are also healthcare professionals (e.g., Nurse, Occupational Therapist). 

Schedules can be determined between participants and their coaches. However, coaching sessions are expected to be at least once a week.

You can reach us by contacting:

Main Investigator: Dr. Namrata Grampurohit, PhD, OTR/L at

Study Coordinator: Dr. Rachel Kim, OTD, OTR/L at

More About Coaching – Client Testimonial Addressing FAQ

Hear from Diana, who has an SCI and has benefitted from Coaching in Context as a result of this study, about coaching from a client's perspective (00:36), how coaching is similar to other therapies (01:00), how coaching is different from other therapies (01:38), about her goals (02:40) and the benefits of coaching (03:52).

For more information, please see Coaching in Context Defined. For related publications and presentations, please see Research Publications.

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