Denise C. Fyffe, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Spinal Cord Research and Director of Health Equity in Disability and Outcomes Research at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Fyffe received her PhD, in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 2000. She completed postdoctoral training in geriatric mental health at the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. She received additional training in cancer disparities from the Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her current clinical and research interests include reducing disparities in the care and quality of life of medically underserved rehabilitation groups. Dr. Fyffe is involved in the development of a quality of life (QOL) measure for use in spinal cord injury (SCI) and innovative interventions to improve outcomes for persons with SCI using the National SCI Model Systems (SCIMS) database. Her work is also investigating demographic, sociocultural and clinical factors associated with disparities in physical functioning outcomes among individuals living with SCI. Dr. Fyffe is a co-investigator in the federally funded model system based at Kessler - the Northern New Jersey SCI System - and an assistant professor at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. She is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and Secretary of the ACRM SCI-ISIG.
Issues related to health equity and social determinants of health (e.g., demographic, socioeconomic, cultural and clinical factors) associated with disparities in functioning outcomes among individuals living with a disability.
1. Keeney T, Slavin M, Kisala P, Ni P, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Fyffe DC, Marino RJ, Morse LR, Worobey LA, Tate D, Rosenblum D, Zafonte R, Tulsky D, Jette AM. (2018). Sensitivity of the SCI-FI/AT in Individuals with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 99, 1783-1788.
2. Chen P, Fyffe D, Hreha, K. (2017). Informal Caregivers’ Burden and Stress in Caring for Stroke Survivors with Spatial Neglect: An Exploratory Mixed-Method Study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Jan (1): 24-33.
3. Botticello A, Boninger M, Charlifue S, Chen Y, Fyffe D, Heinemann A, Hoffman J, Jette A, Kalpakjian C, Rohrbach T. (2016). Do Neighborhood Differences Mediate Racial Disparities in Participation after Spinal Cord Injury? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 97(10), 1735-1744.
4. Slavin MD, Ni P, Tulsky DS, Kisala PA, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Fyffe D, Graves DE, Marino RJ, Morse L, Rosenblum D, Tate D, Worobey LA, Dawson MB, Jette AM. (2016). The Spinal Cord Injury-Functional Index/Assistive Technology (SCI-FI/AT) Short Forms. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 97(10):1745-1752.
5. Fyffe D, Kalpakjian C, Slavin M, Kisala P, Ni P, Kirshblum S, Tulsky D, Jette A. (2016). Clinical Interpretation of the Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index (SCI-FI). Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. ; 39(5):527-34.
6. Tulsky DS, Kisala PA, Victorson D, Tate DG, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Kirshblum SC, Fyffe D, Gershon R, Spungen AM, Bombardier CH, Dyson-Hudson TA, Amtmann D, Kalpakjian C, Choi S, Jette A, Forchheimer M, Cella DF (2015). Overview of the Spinal Cord Injury – Quality of Life (SCI-QOL) Measurement System. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 38(3), 257-269.
7. Jette AM, Slavin M, Ni P, Kisala PA, Tulsky DS, Heinemann A, Charlifue S, Tate D, Fyffe D, Morse L, Marino R, Smith I, Williams S. (2015). Development and Initial Evaluation of the SCI/AT. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 38(3), 409-418.
8. Fieo R, Mukherjee S, Dmitrieva NO, Fyffe DC, Gross AL, Sanders RE, Romero HR, Potter GG, Manly JJ, Mungas DM, Gibbons LE. (2014). Differential Item Functioning due to cognitive status does not impact depressive symptom measures in four heterogeneous samples of older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(9), 911-918, doi: 10.1002/gps.4234.
9. Fyffe DC, Deutsch A, Botticello A, Kirshblum S, Ottenbacher K. (2014). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Functioning at Discharge and Follow-up among Patients with Motor Complete Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 95 (11), 2140-2151.
10. Mahmoudi E, Meade MA, Forchheimer MB, Fyffe DC, Krause JS, Tate D. (2014). Longitudinal Analysis of Hospitalization after Spinal Cord Injury: Variation based on Race and Ethnicity. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 95(11), 2158-2166.
11. Dmitrieva NO, Fyffe D, Mukherjee S, Fieo R, Zahodne LB, Hamilton J, Potter GG, Manly JJ, Romero HR, Mungas D, Gibbons LE. (2014). Demographic characteristics do not decrease the utility of depressive symptoms assessments: examining the practical impact of item bias in four heterogeneous samples of older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(1), 88-96, doi: 10.1002/gps.4121.
12. Carlozzi, N.E., Fyffe, D., Morin, K.G., Byrne, R., Tulsky, D.S., Victorson, D., Lai, J-S., & Wecht, J.M. (2013). A conceptual model of blood pressure dysregulation in persons with spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94(9), 1721-1730.
13. Jette AM, Tulsky DS, Ni P, Kisala PA, Slavin MD, Dijkers MP, Heinemann AW, Tate D, Whiteneck G, Charlifue S, Houlihan B, Williams S, Kirschblum, Dyson-Hudson T, Zanca J, Fyffe D. (2012) Development and Initial Evaluation of the Spinal Cord Injury-Functional Index (SCI-FI). Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 93(10), 1733-1750.
14. Tulsky DS., Jette A, Kisala PA, Kalpakjian C, Dijkers M, Whiteneck G, Ni P, Kirshblum S, Charlifue S,. Heinemann AW, Forchheimer M, Slavin M, Houlihan B, Tate D, Dyson-Hudson T, Fyffe D, Zanca J. (2012). Item Banks to Measure Physical Functioning of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 3(10), 1722-1732.
15. Fyffe DC, Botticello AL, Myaskovsky L. (2011). Vulnerable groups living with spinal cord injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 17(2) 1-9.
16. Fyffe DC, Mukherjee S, Barnes L, Manly JJ, Bennett B, Crane PK. (2011) Explaining differences in episodic memory performance among older African Americans and Whites: the roles of factors related to cognitive reserve and test bias. Journal of International Neuropsychology Society. 17, (1-14).