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Janet Freburger, PT, PhD

Director LHS Innovation Hub, Co-Director LHS Scholars Program
Professor Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh

Janet Freburger, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Director of the Implementation Science Core of the Clinical Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh. She has over 20 years of experience as a health services researcher with expertise in observational and pragmatic study designs that capitalize on existing data (i.e., administrative healthcare claims, electronic health record, registries, and other population-based data). Much of Dr. Freburger’s research has focused on improving understanding of access to, appropriate use of, and effectiveness of rehabilitation care for musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions in adults. Her more recent work has focused on bridging the evidence to practice gap through both small- and large-scale implementation and quality improvement studies. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIA, NIAMS, NCMRR), 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. Dr. Freburger currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Center on Health Services Research and Training (CoHSTAR) and the Scientific Advisory Panel for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Outcomes Registry.