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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Venu Akuthota, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Vice Chairperson, Residency Program Director, Director of Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital
Dr. Akuthota serves as the medical director of the Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital and is responsible for the Runners' Clinic at the University Sports Medicine Center. He is board-certified in electrodiagnostic medicine, pain medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. His clinical interests include prevention and management of the neck, spine, lower back pain, and running injuries.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225095.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Exercise Therapy, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Vertebrae, Athletic Injuries, Hip Joint
Venu.Akuthota@ucdenver.edu
 
Ricardo Battaglino, PhD
Associate Professor
Dr. Battaglino is an Associate Professor in PM&R. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Molecular Biology at Mount Sinai Graduate School and completed his postdoctoral training at The Forsyth Institute. Dr. Battaglino’s research focuses on two distinct but related areas: the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying bone resorption by osteoclasts and the mechanism/s mediating pathological bone loss following Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Dr. Battaglino studies the skeleton from an integrative physiology point of view an is particularly interested in the cross talk between bone and other tissues/organs. In his free time Dr. Battaglino spends time hiking and playing guitar.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 12650026.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Osteoclasts, Osteoporosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Bone Density, Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
Ricardo.Battaglino@ucdenver.edu
 
Lisa Brenner, PhD ABPP
Professor, Director Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention
Research interest: traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, and negative psychiatric outcomes including suicide
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225950.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Veterans, Military Personnel, Brain Injuries, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Suicide
lisa.2.brenner@ucdenver.edu
 
James Carollo, PhD
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics, Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Research interests: Improved gait analysis methods, mathematical modeling of locomotion, measurement of dynamic center of gravity displacement, and characterization of neuromuscular stiffness
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 224686.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Gait, Patellar Dislocation, Knee Joint, Walking, Cerebral Palsy
James.Carollo@ucdenver.edu | James.Carollo@childrenscolorado.org
 
Cory Christiansen PhD PT
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Christiansen’s clinical activity centers on helping patients recover from activity limitations resulting from musculoskeletal problems. A specific emphasis of his clinical practice is on helping older adults who are experiencing limitations in physical activity due to lower body musculoskeletal problems. There is a significant amount of overlap between his direct patient care and clinical research interests.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225772.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Gait, Movement, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Weight-Bearing
Cory.Christiansen@ucdenver.edu
 
Jeri E. Forster PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention
Dr. Jeri Forster obtained a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2006. She began work as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver in the 2006, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. Dr. Forster's research interests include longitudinal data analysis; nonignorable dropout; varying-coefficient models. Her research has focused on methods that adjust for potential nonignorable dropout in longitudinal observational studies and clinical trials.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 224651.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Veterans, Suicide, Attempted, Brain Injuries, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Executive Function
Jeri.Forster@ucdenver.edu
 
Kathryn Hardin CCC-SLP, CBIST
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Clinical Lead, Marcus Institute for Brain Health
Kathryn’s clinic focus is on improving care for individuals with ongoing cognitive-communicative changes at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health. Research interests include: characterization of the cognitive-communicative changes associated post-concussive, interdisciplinary care in protracted recovery from concussion, qualitative research, and improving outcomes for individuals with mild TBI.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 14050779.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, Veterans, speech-language pathology, communication, interdisciplinary care
kathryn.hardin@ucdenver.edu
 
Jeffrey Hebert PhD PT
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research interests include the investigation into the causes, management and treatment of fatigue and mobility limitations in patients with MS. Jeff researches the effectiveness of treatments for the most common signs and symptoms in the MS population. Jeff uses rehabilitation-based treatment strategies such as vestibular rehabilitation, aerobic and strength training for the treatment of impairments in self-reported fatigue, upright postural control, physical activity and muscle function.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225278.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Radiopharmaceuticals, Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting, Fluorodeoxyglucose F18, Multiple Sclerosis, Walking
Jeffrey.Hebert@ucdenver.edu
 
Andrew Kittelson DPT
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Physical Therapy Program
Research interests: Pain in Osteoarthritis
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 12649979.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Quadriceps Muscle, Pyramidal Tracts, Motor Cortex, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Evoked Potentials, Motor
Andrew.Kittelson@ucdenver.edu
 
Dawn Magnusson PhD PT
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Magnusson’s research seeks to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in children’s utilization of pediatric therapy services. She is especially interested in understanding the role of social networks in influencing the early identification of children with developmental delay, and their utilization of Part C Early Intervention services. Her research also seeks to improve the coordination of the pediatric medical home with other service systems (e.g., Home Visiting Program, Part C Early Intervention, Early Head Start).
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 12755866.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Disabled Children, Eligibility Determination, Intelligence, Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention (Education)
Dawn.Magnusson@ucdenver.edu
 
Dennis Matthews MD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chairman
Clinical interests include Pediatric Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spasticity in Children with Neuromuscular Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Gait and Motion Analysis.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 224306.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Complementary Therapies, Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne, Walking, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, Cerebral Palsy
Dennis.Matthews@ucdenver.edu | Dennis.Matthews@childrenscolorado.org
 
Meredith Mealer
Assistant Research Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Research interest: resilience training in healthcare professionals as a mechanism to mitigate psychological distress that results from the work environment
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225705.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Nursing Staff, Hospital, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Burnout, Professional, Adaptation, Psychological, Critical Care
Meredith.Mealer@ucdenver.edu
 
Nathaniel Mohatt
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Mohatt’s primary area of research is in rural suicide prevention and health services for Military and Veteran and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. His research includes the investigation of barriers to treatment, including structural barriers (e.g., transportation and health care shortages) and attitudinal barriers (e.g., stigma and perceived need for care). Secondary foci of this research are in community participatory methods and cultural considerations for developing and implementing suicide prevention and related rural health programs. By collaborating with communities, he seeks to improve the design and implementation of suicide prevention and health services for rural communities.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 12259744.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Culture, Art, Inuits, Community-Based Participatory Research, Suicide
Nathaniel.Mohatt@ucdenver.edu
 
Leslie Morse DO
Visiting Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Morse is a Visiting Associate Professor in PM&R and Endowed Medical Director of Research at Craig Hospital. Dr. Morse completed her medical training at the University of New England and her residency in PM&R at Boston Medical Center. Her research interests include SCI, mechanism-based therapies, bone health and adiposity, and osteoporosis.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 12325479.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Antibodies, Protozoan, Toxoplasmosis, Animal, Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms, Feline Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline
Leslie.Morse@ucdenver.edu
 
Jared Olson MD
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Olson is a specialist in Brain Injury Medicine and Physiatry. He completed medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and PM&R residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. At UW, he also completed the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program funded by the NIH, and the StrokeNet Research Fellowship also funded by the NIH. His expertise is in human Brain Computer Interface and Neural Stimulation/ Modulation, and applications of technology and data science in healthcare.
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 13446048.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Vulnerable Populations, Electrodes, Implanted, Quality Assurance, Health Care, Cerebral Cortex, Subdural Space
jared.olson@ucdenver.edu
 
Katherine Payne, MD
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 231082.
Katherine.Payne@ucdenver.edu
 
Iñigo San Millán PhD
Assistant Professor, Director, Excercise Physiology Lab
Research interest include exercise metabolism, nutrition, sports performance, overtraining, diabetes, cancer and critical care
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 226550.
Inigo.Sanmillan@ucdenver.edu
 
Margaret Schenkman PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor, Program Director, Associate Dean, Physical Therapy Education
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 227427.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Physical Therapy Modalities, Activities of Daily Living, Spine, Parkinson Disease, Exercise
Margaret.Schenkman@ucdenver.edu
 
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley PT, PhD
Professor, Physical Therapy Education
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 225385.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Quadriceps Muscle, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Electric Stimulation Therapy, Muscle Weakness, Muscle Strength
Jennifer.Stevens-Lapsley@ucdenver.edu
 
Kristin Uhler PhD
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Research interest: Implantable devices and Speech perception
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 224264.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Hearing Loss, Ossicular Prosthesis, Hearing Aids, Speech Perception, Cochlear Implants
Kristin.Uhler@ucdenver.edu
 
Pamela Wilson MD
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Research interest: Pediatric Rehab, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spina Bifida, Athletics in the Disabled, Sports Medicine in the Disabled
Colorado Profile search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking: 224333.
Key Words Describing Research and Clinical Interests: Urinary Incontinence, Athletic Performance, Fecal Incontinence, Spinal Dysraphism, Disabled Children
Pamela.Wilson@ucdenver.edu | Pamela.Wilson@childrenscolorado.org
 
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