Elizabeth Skidmore PhD, OTR/L

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    Title

    Associate Professor

    Office Location

    5020 Forbes Tower

    Office phone

    412-383-6617

Academic Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Associate Professor (Secondary Appointment), Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Graduate Faculty, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • MS, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Concentration in Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, 1996

Research Interests

My NIH-funded research program examines the influences of cognitive impairments and mood symptoms on activities of daily living outcomes, and interventions designed to ameliorate these influences, focusing in two areas:

  • Interventions designed to improve rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with cognitive impairments after acquired brain injury (stroke, traumatic brain injury). 
  • Activities of daily living disability among community-dwelling older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Major Depression Disorder.

Currently, I am conducting a series of studies examining client-centered, activity-focused strategy training programs designed to promote independence and community integration among adults with stroke-related cognitive impairments. These studies examine active ingredients that promote learning and generalization of strategy training principles delivered in acute rehabilitation, as well as neurological and behavioral moderators and mediators of intervention response.

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Partial Listing)

  • Skidmore, E.R., Koenig, K.L., Munin, M.C., Whyte, E.M., O’Donnell, L., Penrod, L., & Lenze, E.J. (2008). Do clinical rehabilitation education programs really improve stroke-related knowledge? Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 87, 637-41. 
  • Whyte, E.M., Lenze, E.J., Butters, M.A., Skidmore, E., Koenig, K., Dew, M.A., Penrod, L., Mulsant, B.H., Pollock, B.G., Cabacungan, L., Begley, A., Reynolds, C.F. III, & Munin, M.C. (2008). An open-label pilot study of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors to promote functional recovery in elderly cognitively impaired stroke patients. Cerebrovasc Dis, 26, 317-21. 
  • Porensky, E.K., Dew, M.A., Karp, J.F., Skidmore, E.R., Rollman, B., Shear, M.K., & Lenze, E.J. (2009). The burden of late life generalized anxiety disorder: Effects on disability, health-related quality of life, and health care utilization. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 17, 473-82. 
  • Lenze, E.J., Munin, M.C., Dew, M.A., Marin, R.S., Butters, M.A., Skidmore, E.R., Whyte, E.M., Begley, A.E., & Reynolds, C.F. (2009). Apathy after hip fracture: a potential target for intervention to improve functional outcomes. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 21, 271-8. 
  • Karp, J.F.,* Skidmore, E.R.*, Lotz, M., Lenze, E.J., Dew, M.A., & Reynolds, C.F. (2009). Use of the Late-Life Function and Disability instrument to assess disability in major depression. J Am Geriatr Soc, 57, 1612-6. *Listed as co-first authors 
  • Chang, C.L., Skidmore, E.R., Weber, D.J., Niyonkuru, C., & Huber, L.M. (2009). Effect of baseline spastic hemiparesis on recovery of upper limb function following botulinum toxin A injections and post-injection therapy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 90, 1462-8. 
  • Shih, M.M., Rogers, J.C., Skidmore, E.R., Irrgang, J., & Holm, M.B. (2009). Measuring stroke survivors’ functional status independence: five perspectives. Am J Occup Ther, 63, 600-8. 
  • Karp, J.F., Skidmore, E.R.*, Lotz, M., Lenze, E.J., Dew, M.A., & Reynolds, C.F. (2009). Use of the Late-Life Function and Disability instrument to assess disability in major depression. J Am Geriatr Soc, 57, 1612-6. *Listed as co-first author 
  • Lenze, E.J., Munin, M.C., Dew, M.A., Marin, R.S., Butters, M.A., Skidmore, E.R., Whyte, E.M., Begley, A.E., & Reynolds, C.F. (2009). Apathy after hip fracture: a potential target for intervention to improve functional outcomes. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 21, 271-8. 
  • Skidmore, E.R., Whyte, E.M., Holm, M.B., Becker, J.T., Butters, M.A., Dew, M.A., Munin, M.C., & Lenze, E.J. (2010). Cognitive and affective predictors of rehabilitation participation after stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 91, 203-7. 
  • Weber, D.J., Skidmore, E.R., Huber, L.M., Chang, C.L., Niyonkuru, C., & Munin, M.C. (2010). Cyclic functional electrical stimulation does not enhance gains in hand grasp function when used as an adjunct to onabotulinumtoxin-A and task practice therapy: a single-blinded, randomized controlled pilot study. Arch Phys Med & Rehabil, 91, 679-86. 
  • Henzel, M.K., Munin, M.C., Niyonkuru, C., Skidmore, E.R., Weber, D.J., & Zafonte, R.D. (2010). Comparison of surface and ultrasound localization to identify forearm flexor muscles for botulinum toxin injections. PM&R, 2, 642-6.
  • de Witt, B.W., Ehrenberg, K.M., McAloon, R.L., Panos, A.H., Shaw, K.E., Raghavan, P.V., Skidmore, E.R., & Kline, A.E. (2011). Abbreviated environmental enrichment enhances neurobehavioral recovery comparably to continuous exposure after traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabil Neural Rep, 25, 343-50. 
  • Skidmore, E.R., Holm, M.B., Whyte, E.M., Dew, M.A., Dawson, D., & Becker, J.T. (2011). The feasibility of meta-cognitive strategy training in acute inpatient stroke rehabilitation: case report. Neuropsychol Rehabil, 23, 208-23. 
  • Livengood, H.M., Skidmore, E.R., Huber, L.M., Cox, S.C., Bleakley, S.M., & Boninger, M.J. (2011). Applying robotics in a clinical rehabilitation setting for upper limb neurological impairment. Topics Spinal Cord Rehabil, 17, 60-5. 
  • Whyte, E.M., Skidmore, E.R., Aizenstein, H., Ricker, J.H., & Butters, M.A. (2011). Cognitive impairment in acquired brain injury: a predictor of rehabilitation outcomes and an opportunity for novel interventions. PM&R, 6, S45-51. 
  • Juengst, S.B., Skidmore, E.R., Pramuka, M., McCue, M., & Becker, J.T. (In press2012). Factors contributing to impaired self-awareness of cognitive functioning in an HIV positive and at risk population. Disabil Rehabil, 34, 19-25. 
  • Lenze, E.J., Skidmore, E.R., Begley, A.E., Newcomer, J., Butters, M.A., & Whyte, E.M. (In press2012) Memantine for late-life depression and apathy after a disabling medical event: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week pilot study. International J Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 974-80. 
  • Skidmore, E.R., Becker, J.T., Whyte, E.M., Huber, L.M., Waterstram, L.F., Ward, A.A., Grattan, E.S., & Holm, M.B. (In press2012) Cognitive impairments and depressive symptoms did not impede upper extremity recovery in a clinical repetitive task practice program after stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 91, 327-36. 
  • Rodakowski, J., Skidmore, E. R., Rogers, J. C., & Schulz, R. (2012). The role of social support in predicting caregiver burden. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 93, 2229-36. 
  • Juengst, S. B., Skidmore, E. R., Arenth, P. M., Niyonkuru, C., & Raina, K. D. (2013). The unique contribution of fatigue to disability in community dwelling adults with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 94, 74-9. 
  • Abu-Dahab, S., Skidmore, E. R., Holm, M. B., Rogers, J. C., & Minshew, N. J. (In press). Motor and tactile-perceptual skill differences between individuals with high functioning autism and typically-developing individuals ages 5-21. J Autism Dev Disord. 
  • Rodakowski, J., Skidmore, E. R., Rogers, J. C., & Schulz, R. (In press). Does social support impact depression in caregivers of adults ageing with spinal cord injury? Clin Rehabil.

Book Chapters

  • Garand, L., Whyte, E.M., Butters, M.A., Skidmore, E.R., Karp, J.F., & Dew, M.A. (In press). Integration of biological and psychosocial factors when modeling treatment response variability in late-life depression. In H. Levretsky, M. Satjatovic, & C. F. Reynolds (Eds.), Late-life mood disorders (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 
     

Courses Recently Taught

  • OT 2105  Clinical Medicine, Course Liaison 
  • OT 2109  Neurobehavioral Science, Instructor 
  • HRS 3000 Doctoral Seminar, Instructor
  • HRS 3001 Dissertation Research, Instructor
  • HRS 3003 Core Concepts in Disability and Rehabilitation Sciences I
  • HRS 3005 Core Concepts in Disability and Rehabilitation Sciences II

Biographical Profile

  • Staff Occupational Therapist, Life Care Center, Fort Wayne, IN, 1996–1997
  • Staff Occupational Therapist, Genesis HealthCare System, Zanesville, OH, 1997–1999
  • Senior Occupational Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services, McKeesport, PA, 1999–2000
  • Casual Occupational Therapist, Centers for Rehab Services, McKeesport, PA, 2000–2002
  • Research Associate, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2000–2003
  • Consultant, Occupational Therapy, UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000–2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003–2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011-present 

Awards and Honors

  • National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research Fellow, 2001
  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation & Coro Center for Civic Leadership Health Sciences Fellow, 2002
  • Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Academic Educator Award, 2009
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation, 2010
  • UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Clinical Connections Award for Clinical Excellence, 2010
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation Best Poster Award (Second Place), 2010
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation, 2010   
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation, 2011 
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award, 2012 
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012

Grants Awarded

  • Examining interactions among neurobehavior and ADL disability after stroke.  National Center for Medical Rehabilitaton Research and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. K12HD055931. 2008-2013. Comprehensive Opportunites for Rehabilitation Research Training K12 Program, Washington University, University of Pittsburgh. PI: Mueller, Role: Scholar.
  • Donepezil to promote functional recovery post-stroke. National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. R01HD055525. 2008-2012. PI: Whyte, Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Strategy training to improve stroke rehabilitation outcomes. Pilot Grant, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. 2010-2012. PI: Skidmore.
  • Cognitive strategy training. Competitive Medical Research Fund, University of Pittsburgh. 2010-2012. PI: Skidmore.
  • Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research for the prevention of late-life depression. National Institute of Mental Health. P30MH090333. 2011-2016.  PI: Reynolds, Role: Project PI, Assessment Unit, Research Methods Core.
  • Developing cognitive training and rehabilitation paradigms for experimental traumatic brain injury. National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. R21 HD071728. 2012-2014. PI: Wagner, Role: Co-Investigator. 
  • Repetitive task practice training to treat neglect after stroke: a pilot study. University of Pittsburgh Clinical Translational Institute. UL1 RR024153, UL1 TR000005. 2012-2013. PI: Skidmore, Lang. 
  • Guided versus directed training in acute stroke rehabilitation. National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research. R03 HD073770. 2012-2014. PI: Skidmore. 
  • Client-centered assessment for geriatric primary care: a feasibility study. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Aging Institute. 2012-2013. PI: Toto, Co-I: Skidmore. 
  • University of Pittsburgh Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. H133A120087. 2011-2016. PI: Wagner, Co-I: Skidmore.

External Service and Assignments 

Professional Activities

  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 1999–present
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000–present
  • Technical Expert Panel, Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternative Initiative, 2008
  • AOTA Representative, Expert Work Group, Developming Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives Initiative, 2008-present
  • Member, International Neuropsychological Society, 2006-present
  • Member, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2007-present
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2008-present
  • Chair, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Networking Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Cognition Task Force, 2010-present 
  • Member At Large, Executive Committee, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, 2012-present 
  • Member, American Heart Association, 2008-present 
  • Technical Expert Panel, Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternative Initiative, 2013
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