Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the DC VA Medical Center and NRH

Clinical Track: DPT degree or Physical Therapy license combined with a doctoral degree required
Non-Clinical Track: PhD or other rehabilitation science-related doctoral degree required

Description: The interdisciplinary Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury
Rehabilitation Research (PT/TBI) Fellowship is intended to develop clinicians
and scientists with the vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead polytrauma and
TBI research efforts that address the critical needs of the VHA and the Veterans
that it serves.

Post-doctoral rehabilitation specialists will be provided 2 years of didactic training
and clinical research experiences involving polytrauma, mild TBI, or related disorders.
The current positions may feature fellowship research projects such as:
  • neurophysiological research involving the assessment of inter-hemispheric inhibition and upper extremity motor control
  • use of fMRI and DTI in the neurophysiological assessment in individuals with PTSD
  • addressing balance and functional status in people with MS via telehealth
  • assessment and treatment of balance disorders in older Veterans with Parkinsonian syndromes
  • use of eccentric muscle actions for the exercise-based treatment of post-traumatic OA

The PT/TBI Fellowship will be based at the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DC VAMC) and
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in partnership with Georgetown University,
MedStar Health, and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational
Science (GHUCCTS).

Salary, benefits, and a research stipend will be provided. Applications will be accepted and
reviewed on a rolling basis; however, one position is currently open with a targeted Fall

Training Highlights: Didactic training will be supported by the DC VAMC, the
Georgetown Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and the GHUCCTS. The
learning program will be individualized based on the academic preparation and
interests of the fellow. Training topics may include: neuroscience, CVA and
TBI etiology, brain imaging, experimental design, data analysis, grant and
manuscript writing, and career development.

Requirements: Successful candidates will have a clinical and/or research
doctoral degree and be U.S. citizens. Clinical Track applicants must have a current
U.S. Physical Therapy license.

Application: Please submit your NIH Biosketch (4 pages or less) and a one-page
statement of interest to the contact below to receive the application materials:

• PT/TBI Fellowship Deputy Director:

Michael Harris-Love, DSc, MPT

Applied rehabilitation research at 3MAP Lab for muscle dysfunction at the University of Colorado and RMR VA Medical Center