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Elizabeth Skidmore is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation scientist with expertise in neurological rehabilitation. Skidmore’s research studies examine rehabilitation intervention elements that stimulate cognitive function, reduce depressive symptoms and apathy, reduce disability and promote healthy levels of activity and participation after acquired brain injury and stroke. These studies have refined the implementation of meta-cognitive strategy instruction and behavioral activation approaches in inpatient, outpatient and community rehabilitation settings. Skidmore consults with practitioners, health systems and scientists representing a breadth of disciplines and serving various clinical populations; Skidmore provides guidance on intervention program design, specification, implementation and fidelity. In addition to being a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Skidmore is also associate dean for research for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Post Professional Program in Occupational Therapy


  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring, University of Pittsburgh, 2024
  • Women in Rehabilitation Science, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2022
  • 100 Influential People in 100 Years, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2017
  • Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2017
  • Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015
  • President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, United States Government, 2013
  • Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 2013
  • Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 2012

Research Interests

  • Strategy Training Intervention and Implementation in Inpatient, Outpatient and Community-based Rehabilitation Settings
  • Optimizing Intervention Programs to Reduce Disability Among People with Cognitive or Communication Impairments
  • Mobile Health and Telehealth Interventions to Promote Community Independence and Participation After Brain Injury, Stroke