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Research Interests:

  • Health Services Research/Implementation Science
  • Access to and Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Care
  • Transitions of Rehabilitation Care

Ongoing Projects:

  • Better Back Care
  • Comprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS Trial)
  • CoHSTAR Visiting scientist - Transitions of Post-Acute Rehabilitation Care


Janet Freburger, PT, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She has more than 15 years of experience as a health services researcher with expertise in pragmatic and observational study designs that capitalize on existing data (i.e., administrative health care claims, electronic health record, registries, and other population-based data). Much of Freburger’s research has focused on improving understanding of access to, appropriate use of, and effectiveness of rehabilitation care. Freburger currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry and is a past member of the Editorial Board for Physical Therapy. She has been a principal investigator or coinvestigator on grants/contracts funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, Medicare Payment Advisory Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the American College of Physicians, and the American Physical Therapy Association. She received her PhD in Health Services Organizations and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MS in Physical Therapy and Biomechanics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland.



Department of Physical Therapy

Representative Publications