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  • Rehabilitation Research Fellowship at the DC VAMC & National Rehabilitation Hospital


    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