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Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD

Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is also a Health Scientist at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research has focused on pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations and understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Her LeaRRn pilot award will leverage informatics best practices in the context of quality improvement and implementation science to generate user-friendly data collection tools and processes associated with high-intensity rehabilitation under the mentorship of Elizabeth Chen, PhD.