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Members of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy have vibrant and active research agendas addressing the concerns of the occupational therapy community. To this end they have received grants from a variety of funding sources including Foundations, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Defense (DOD).


Investigators: Shawn C. Roll (PI), Nancy Baker (Co-I)
Grant Title: Sonographic Tissue Morphology in Early Stage Work-Related Median Nerve Pathology
Agency: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Number: R01 OH010665

Investigators: Bambang Parmanto (PI), Brad Dicianno (Co-I), Andrea Fairman (Co-I), Roxanna Bendixen (Co-I)
Grant Title: Promoting Independence and Self-Management Using mHealth
Agency: Administration for Community Living
Number: 90DP0064-01

Investigators: Roxanna Bendixen (PI)
Grant Title: Community-Based Outcome Measures in Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Agency: ReveraGen

Investigator: Roxanna Bendixen (Co-PI), Tracy Jirikowic (Co-PI)
Grant Title: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Identifying Meaningful Community Participation Outcomes
Agency: University of Washington (PCORI)
Number: UWSC9893

Investigator: Roxanna Bendixen (PI)
Grant Title: Sleep Efficiency in Young Boys with DMD and Their Caregivers
Agency: Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne

Investigators: Juleen Rodakowski (Co-PI), Meryl Butters (Co-PI), Caterina Rosano (Co-PI)
Grant Title: Neuromolecular Pathways of Mobility Improvement in Older Adults
Agency: Aging Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Investigators: Juleen Rodakowski (PI), Chao-Yi Wu (Co-I)
Grant Title: Preclinical Disability in Low Socioeconomic Status Older Adults with Newly-Diagnosed Type II Diabetes
Agency: David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, University of Pittsburgh

Investigators: Chao-Yi Wu (PI), Juleen Rodakowski (Co-I)
Grant Title: Depressive Symptoms and Self-Management Activities in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Agency: Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh

Investigator: Juleen Rodakowski (PI)
Grant Title: The Caregiver Project
Agency: The Pittsburgh Foundation
Number: UN2016-85266

Investigators: Amit Sethi (PI), Ervin Sejdic (Co-I)
Grant Title: I-HITS (Individualized Hand Improvement and Tracking System for Stroke)
Agency: Center for Medical Innovation, University of Pittsburgh
Number: F 160-2016

Investigators: Amit Sethi (PI), Buddy Clark (Co-I), Ervin Sejdic (Co-I)
Grant Title: I-HITS (Individualized Hand Improvement and Tracking System for Stroke)
Agency: Pitt Innovation Challenge
Number: UL1TR001857

Investigators: Amit Sethi (PI), Michael Boninger (Co-I), Lawrence Wechsler (Co-I), Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Co-I)
Grant Title: Combined Non-Invasive Transcranial Random Noise Current Stimulation and Functional Electrical Stimulation to Improve Hand Weakness in Individuals with Moderate-to-Severe Impairments after Chronic Stroke
Agency: Medical University of South Carolina’s National Center for Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NCNM4R)
Number: P2CHD0886844

Investigator: Jennifer Collinger (PI), Michael Boninger (Co-PI), Amit Sethi (Co-I)
Grant title: Moving Brain Computer Interface Success into Stroke
Agency: Aging Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Investigators: Jon Rittenberger (PI), Joseph Mettenburg (Co-I), Elizabeth Skidmore (Co-I)
Grant Title: Therapeutic Exercise to Improve 12-Month Quality of Life after Cardiac Arrest
Agency: American Heart Association

Investigators: Elizabeth Skidmore (PI), Meryl Butters (Co-I), Jennifer Shen (Co-I), Lauren Terhorst (Co-I), Ellen Whyte (Co-I)
Grant Title: Closing the Gap in Stroke Rehabilitation: Early Intervention for Cognitive Disability
Agency: National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research 
Number: R01 HD074693

Investigators: Anthony Kline (PI), Elizabeth R. Skidmore (Co-I)
Grant Title: Optimizing Environmental Enrichment to Model Preclinical Neurorehabilitation
Agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
Number: R01 NS084967

Investigator: David Brienza (PI), Lauren Terhorst (Co-I)
Grant Title: An RCT on Support Surfaces for Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Number: R01 NR016952

Investigators: Debra Weiner (PI), Pamela Toto (PI)
Grant Title: Toward Optimizing Decompressive Laminectomy Outcomes: Looking Outside the Spine
Agency: United State Department of Veterans Affairs VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Number: NCT02215551

Investigators: Jennifer Lingler (Co-PI), Lorraine Novosel (Co-PI), Pamela Toto (Co-I), Ray Engel (Co-I), Cathy Grant (Co-I), Missy Sovak (Community Partner)
Grant Title: Accelerating Interprofessional Practice and Education Exchange Program (iPEEP)
Agency: University of Minnesota (National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Program)