The Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research is led by Trevor Dyson-Hudson, M.D., Director of the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research research and includes Dr. Amanda Botticello, Ms. Rachel Byrne, and Ms. Stephanie Jimenez. This group conducts research related to disability and long-term outcomes from traumatic injury. The Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research, researchers actively collaborate across the Kessler Foundation Research Centers and are currently involved in projects with the Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Center for Stroke Research as well as the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Currently, Dr. Amanda Botticello is conducting a study investigating whether individuals with spinal cord injury who live in disadvantaged environments are at increased risk for functional decline and poor health. This project uses geodata to combine longitudinal outcomes data from the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems program (SCIMS) with Census data and other national surveys. The laboratory also has past experience in developing and validating new measures of cognitive and neuropsychological functioning and multisite collaborative projects to improve the measurement of Health-Related Quality of Life in diverse patient populations.
Researchers and collaborators in the Center for Outcomes and Assessment Research are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH; National Center on Medical Rehabilitation Research/NCMRR and National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NINDS), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Program (RR&D).