Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH

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Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Social Determinants of Health and Disability Outcomes Research Laboratory

Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Director in the Centers for Spinal Cord Injury Research and Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Botticello trained in social epidemiology and biostatistics in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has more than 15 years of experience analyzing large datasets, developing surveys, and designing quantitative and qualitative research studies. Her research focuses on advancing the science of the social determinants of health, understanding the relationship between disability and environmental factors, and assessing long-term psychosocial outcomes for people with disabilities. She has served as principal and co-investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and the Reitman Foundation. Dr. Botticello is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Spinal cord and tramatic injuries
Environmental factors
Community integration and participation
Advanced biostatistics
Survey design and analysis
Mixed methods design
Fellow, Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University
PhD - Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
MPH - Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
BA - Psychology, Amherst College
Mentor of the Year, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 2018
Sociology of Mental Health Best Dissertation Award. American Sociological Association Meetings, 2006
Kenneth G. Lutterman Student Research Award for Exemplary Paper in Mental Health. 131st Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, 2003
The Honorary Delta Omega Poster Award. 129th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. 2001
Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College, 1995
Sigma Xi, National Scientific Honor Society, 1995
K99/R00 Career Development Award from the NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Research Interests

Dr. Botticello’ s current research portfolio involves numerous studies in adult and pediatric rehabilitation populations. In adults, her studies include research using mapped activity space and ecological momentary assessment to understand environmental barriers and individual strategies for community participation among adults with mobility impairments; a multisite survey of migration and housing instability after traumatic injury; and a randomized controlled trial of an intervention to improve social and emotional functioning after spinal cord injury. In children, she is collaborating with Children’s Specialized Hospital on a mixed methods investigation of the process of school integration for children with special health care needs after rehabilitation, and a study of the recovery trajectories of infants who receive inpatient medical rehabilitation for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. Botticello is a co-investigator for the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS), part of the national network of federally funded Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) and has led data collection and analysis of the NNJSCIS database since 2007. Her research focuses on diverse types of impairment (psychiatric, cognitive, and physical disability) affecting different medical rehabilitation populations (spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and pediatric) and spanning the life course (children, adolescents, adults, and older adults). Her professional service includes Methodology Associate Editor for the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine since 2015.


For comprehensive listings of Dr. Botticello’s publications, visit ResearchGate and PubMed.