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Fellowship: Medical Rehabilitation Research Training

Denise G. Tate, Ph.D.
Edward Hurvitz, M.D.


To develop and enhance rehabilitation research training and career opportunities for individuals who aspire to leadership roles in biomedical and behavioral research.


Bridging Science into Service

Core Areas

  1. Assessment of motor performance and function
  2. Brain injury recovery and treatment
  3. Behavioral health and wellness outcomes

Educational Activities

Coursework will be supplemented by didactic sessions and individual mentorship focused on developing independent research skills, improving written and oral communication skills, and understanding the process of obtaining extramural funding. By working with seasoned mentors in established research settings, the trainees will have the resources available to conduct pilot projects that will foster growth in their chosen area of investigation.

For more information, please contact: Denise G. Tate

Sponsored by The National Center on Medical Rehabilitation Research National Institutes of Health

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Current Fellows

Esther Bay, Ph.D.
Kristof Kipp, Ph.D.
Sara McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Mark Peterson, Ph.D.
Stacey Schepens, Ph.D., O.T.R.
Dunia Karana Zebari, Ph.D.

Advisory Board

This Board consists of outstanding scientists from around the nation who provide input on their particular areas of expertise.


Primary mentors provide overall guidance and direction for individualized training. Specific responsibilities include providing the fellow with adequate opportunities for learning to succeed in research, career guidance and development, monitoring progress, and ensuring that progress reports are submitted in a timely fashion. They additionally act as resource and role models to fellows by providing them with the appropriate skills required for advancement in a research career and instill in them a commitment to research in rehabilitation. Assistive mentors provide directed study or experience in one of the three core program areas. They ensure quality of research and provide strategic guidance on very specialized issues. This program engages mentors from different disciplines to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in research.

James Ashton-Miller, M.SC, Ph.D.
Susan Brown, Ph.D.
Dan Ferris, Ph.D.
Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.
Edward Hurvitz, M.D.
Denise Tate, Ph.D.
Sara Warber, M.D.

Didactic Training

The Didactic Coursework and Self-Study Program includes opportunities to attend one formal university course a year, participate in selected aspects of the U-M Training Program in Clinical Research program for MD fellows only, attend CSCAR courses offered on campus, and attend the summer institutes. The Institute of Survey Research (ISR) offers annual summer institutes with research training on survey methods and with nationally and internationally lecturers. The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research provides a variety of workshops on topics related to statistical reviews, software packages, power analysis, database management, and survival analysis. In addition the Office of Vice-President for Research provides a series of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research. The sessions cover topics mandated by the NIH regarding “best practices” and rigorous ethical analysis of research issues. This series is required of all trainees. The School of Public Health offers a research summer session in year in methods and applications of epidemiology. The curriculum allows for three-week, one-week, and weekend courses. The sequence includes topics concerning measures of risk in cohort studies, analysis of contingency table data, logistic regression analysis and life table methods of survival analysis.

This research training is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) Grant #5 T32-HD007422.