Medical Rehabilitation Department Research

Current Projects

 

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Strengthen Existential Resiliency among Women with Metastic Breast Cancer. IRB No. Pro00043233. Principal investigator Arash Asher, MD and Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN.

Analysis of Variables that Determine the Patient’s Length of Stay on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit  IRB No. Pro00027594. Principal investigators: Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN, Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP

Association of Total Therapy Time During Inpatient Rehabilitation with Outcomes. IRB No. Pro35845.  Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP and Richard Riggs, MD

Big Data Analysis of Neuroimaging and Stimulation. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Richard Rigs, MD and Anil Goud, MD.

Bounce-Back:  Predicting Acute Readmissions from Inpatient Rehabilitation for Patients with Stroke.  IRB No. Pro00036734. Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, Harriet Aronow, PhD, and Richard Riggs, MD 

Cognitive Motor Therapy Applications Using Videogame Platform.  IRB No. Pro31722.  Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP and Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN .  

Computerized Acoustic Swallowing Evaluation (CASE). Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Brennan Spiegel, MD, Richard Riggs, MD and Dana Kimbar, MA CCC-SLP.

Dance Medicine Data Collection Examination. IRB No. Pro00027472. Principal investigator: Margo Apostolos, PhD

Demystifying Acute Stroke Outcomes. IRB No. Pro00027594. Principal investigators are Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP and Harriet Aronow, PhD

Diving into Falls and Skill Mix in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting.  IRB No. Pro00037372.  Principal investigators Harriet Aronow, PhD, Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, Carolyn Aydin, PhD, and Pamela Roberts, PhD

Evaluating the Indego Exoskeleton as a Gait Rehabilitation Tool for Individuals with Stroke. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Stefanie Brewer, DPT, Richard Riggs, MD.

Feasibility of a Game-Based Rehabilitation Tool.  IRB No. Pro00036821. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP and Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN

Frailty Risk Identification among Patients Admitted to Acute Rehabilitation.  IRB No. Pro00024351.  Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, Harriet Aronow, PhD and Richard Riggs, MD

Growing Resilience and courage (GRACE) with Cancer Program.  Strengthening Existential Resiliency among Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer.  Funded by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network/Pfizer.  IRB No. Pro00040968. Principal investigator: Arash Asher, MD. Co-investigator:  Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD

Identifying Patient-Centered Fall Prevention Care Processes in Hip Fracture. Subcontract on ARHQ Grant from USC:  Site Principal Investigator: Pamela Roberts, PhD. USC Principal Investigator: Natalie Leland, PhD.

Influence of Caregivers on 30 Day Readmission Rates among Patients with a Stroke. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Richard Riggs, MD, Christina Demenijian and  Marie Kaakijian.

INTREPID: Assessment of Efficacy of a Neuromodulation Device for Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease. IRB No. Pro00030181. Principal investigators: Michele Tagliati, MD, Adam Mamelak, MD, Tyler Chung, MD, Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD and Dale Sherman, PhD. 

Journey to Recovery after stroke: Understanding Predictors of Discharge Destination, Functional Independence and Quality of Life after Hospital Discharge. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Harriet Aronow, PhD, Richard Riggs, MD, and Research interns. 

Liraglutide in Parkinson's Disease. IRB No. Pro00044598. Principal Investigator is Michele Tagliati, MD.

LOL: It's improve after Cancer! The impact of Improvisational Comedy on Well-being among Patients with Cancer. IRB No. Pro00045372. Principal Investigator is Arash Asher, MD.

Medical Passport. IRB No. Pro00027505. Principal investigators are Pamela Roberts, PhD and Robin Munsey, OTD

Medication Adherence in Disability: Assessment of Performance through Technology (MedADAPT). Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Richard Riggs, MD and Anil Goud, MD.

Meta-analysis and meta-regression of treatment in MCI.

PHI Security: Predictors Associated with Opening Phishing Emails. Principal investigators: Pamela Roberts, PhD, Richard Riggs, MD, Anil Goud, MD and research interns.

Predicting readmission from rehabilitation for patients with stroke.  Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets (CRRLD) Pilot Project Program Grant (NIH Grant # R24-HD065702-Subaward).  Principal investigator-Pamela Roberts, PhD and Co-investigators:  Richard Riggs, MD and Harriet Aronow, PhD

REFLECT - Randomized Evaluation of the Triguard Embolic Deflection Device to Reduce the impact of Cerebral Embolic Lesions after TransCatheter Aortic Valve Implementation. Principal investigators: Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD and Richard Makkar, MD.

Single Federated Identity Login EHR (Single FILE).  National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyperspace (NSTIC) Federated Identity in Healthcare Pilot Program.  National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce (DoC).  (Grant #:  70NANB16H252, Project#:  7771251-004).  Co-Principal investigator: Spencer SooHoo, PhD, Pamela Roberts PhD, Anil Goud, MD, Richard Riggs, MD and Benjamin Robbins 

Total Artificial Heart Implantation:  Timing of Physical Therapy to Achieve Functional Gains:  Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, Suzanne Seidel, PT and Vicky Hu, DPT, PT

Utilizing AcuteFIM in Predicting Discharge for Stroke Patients from the Acute Hospital Setting.  Principal investigators:  Pamela Roberts, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP and Richard Riggs, MD

Utility of Neuropsychology Services at CSMC. IRB No. Pro00045910. Principal Investigators are Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN and Bryce Erich, PsyD.


Selected Publications and Papers

2016

Kimura, L. and Powell, D. (2016, June) Building a better referral-management process. PT in Motion.

McLafferty, F., Barmparas, G., Orgega, A., Roberts, P. Ko, A., Harada, M., Nuno, M., Black, K., and Ley, E. (2016). Predictors of improved functional outcome following inpatient rehabilitation for patients with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuro Rehabilitation. Volume 39 (3): 423-430.

Roberts, P., Mix, J., Rupp, K., Younan, C., Mui, W., RIggs, R., and Niewczyk, P. (2016). Using Functional Status in the Acute Hospital to Predict Discharge Destination for Stroke Patients. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 95(6): 416-424.

Roberts, P., Rizzo, J., Hreha, K., Wertheimer, J., Kaldenberg, J., Hironaka, D., Riggs, R., and Colenbrander, A. (2016) A conceptual model for vision rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Siebens, H., Sharkey, P., Aronow, H., Horn, SD., Deutscher, D., Roberts, P., Munin, M. and Radnay, C. (2016). Variations in rehabilitation interventions among three patient groups with hip fracture treated with arthrpplasty: an observational study. PM&R, Volume 8 (3): 191-207.

 

2015

Black, T., Roberts, P., Livesay, S., and Hickey, J. (215). Chapter 10: Stroke Rehabilitation. In JV Hickey and SL Livesay (EDS.). The Continuum of Stroke Care. An Interprofessional Approach to Evidence-based care, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Bronstein, J., Tagliati, M., McIntyre, C., Cameron, T., Chen, R., Cheung, T., Hargreaves, E. Israel, Z., Moffitt, M., Montgomery, E., Stypulkowski, P., Shils, J., Denison, T., Vitek, J.,  Volkman, J.,  Wertheimer, J., Okun, M.  (In Press). The Rationale Driving the Evolution of DBS to Constant Current Devices.  Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.

Leland, NE, Crum, K., Phipps. S., Roberts, P. & Gage, B. (2015).  Health Policy Perspectives-Advancing the value and quality of occupational therapy in health service delivery.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69 (1), 1-7.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot2015.691001. 

Riggs, R. and Roberts, P. (2015). Initiatives toward creating a true value equation for brain injury. Brain Injury/Professional. The Official Publication of the North American Brain Injury Society, 12(2): 22-24.

Wertheimer, J.,  Nuno, M., Gottuso, A., Walton, C., Duboille, A. and Ellis, T. (2015, February 3). Exercise and Parkinson's disease with and without deep brain stimulation: A closer look from the patient's perspective. http//ww.dbs4pd.org/media/file/DBS_exercisereport_spring2015_final.pdf.

 

2014

Asher, A., Roberts, P., Bresee, C., Zabel, G., Riggs, RV, and Rogatko, A. (2014).  Transferring Inpatient rehabilitation facility cancer Patients Back to Acute Care (TRIPBAC).  PM&R, Vol 6 (9):  808-813.

Cazden, J. (2014).  To Vape or Not to Vape.  MusicalTheaterMag.com

Kochis-Jennings, K., Finnegan, EM, Hoffman, HT, Jaiswal. S. and Hull, D. (2014).  Cricothyroid muscle and thyroarytenoid muscle dominance in vocal register control preliminary results.  Journal of Voice, 28(5):  652.e21-652.e29.

Radomski, MV and Roberts, P. (2014).  Chapter 3:  Assessing Context:  Personal, Social, Cultural, and Payer-Reimbursement Factors.  In M Vinning Radomski  & C A Trombly Latham (Eds.).  Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction (7th Edition), Philadelphia:  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens.

Riggs, R., Roberts, P., DiVita, M., Niewczyk, P., and Granger, CV. (2014).  Perceptions of inpatient rehabilitation changes after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service 2010 regulatory updates contrasted with actual performance.  PM&R, Vol 6, 44-49.

Roberts, P. and Alpasan, M. (2014).  The Evidence Evolution.  The Importance of Documenting Evidence-Based Practice in the ACA Age.  NBCOT Certification Matters Annual Newsletter, December 2014:  4-5.

Roberts. P., DiVita, M., Riggs, RV., Niewczyk, P., Bergquist, B., and Granger, CV (2014).  Risk factors for discharge to an acute care hospital from inpatient rehabilitation among stroke patients.  PM&R, Vol 6:  50-55

Roberts, P., Farmer, ME., Lamb, AJ., Muir, S., and Siebert, C. (2014). The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care. 19th Edition of the Reference Manual of the Official Documents of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and online in the 2014 American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 (Suppl).

Roberts, P., Nuño, M., Sherman, D., Asher, A., Wertheimer, J., Riggs, R., and Patil, CG (2014).  The impact of inpatient rehabilitation on function and survival of newly diagnosed patients with glioblastoma.  PM&R, Vol 6 (6), 514-521.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.12.007 PubMed.

Roberts, P. and Robinson, M. R. (2014). Health Policy Perspectives—Occupational therapy’s role in preventing acute readmissions. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, 1–6. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.683001

Wertheimer, J., Gottuso, A. Y., Nuno, M., Walton, C., Dubuille, A., Tuchman, M., and Ramig, L. (2014). The impact of STN Deep Brain Stimulation on speech in individuals with Parkinson’s disease: The patient’s perspective. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 20, 1065-1070.  doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2014.06.010.

Wertheimer, J,, Gottuso, A, and Roberts, P. (2014).  Cognitive motor therapy application using a videogame platform.  The Los Angeles Psychologist, March-April, 10-11.

 

2013

Roberts, P. and Evenson, E (March 2013).  Continuum of Care.  In, E.B., B.A.B. Schell. G.A. Gillen, & Scaffa (Eds.).  Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th edition), Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

 

2012

Cazden, J (2012).  Everyday voice care:  The lifestyle guide for singers and talkers.  Hal Leonard Publications.

Constantinidou, F., Wertheimer, J. Tsanadis, J., Evans, C. and Paul, DR. (2012).  Assessment of executive functioning in brain injury: Collaboration between speech-language pathology and neuropsychology for an integrative neuropsychology perspective. Brain Injury, 26 (13-14): 1549-63.

Hanks, R., Rapport, L., Wertheimer, J. and Koviak, C. (2012). Randomized Control Trial of Peer Mentoring for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Significant Others. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93, 1297-1304.

Phipps, S. and Roberts, P. (2012)  Motor Learning. In H.Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn, (Eds.), Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy:  Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction. St. Louis, Missouri:  Elsevier Mosby, 7th edition.

Phipps, S. and Roberts, P. (2012).  Predicting the Effectives of Cerebral Palsy Severity on Self-Care, Mobility, and Social Function.  The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66 (4), 422-429.

Roberts, P. Berger, S. Evenson, M. Khetani, M and  Crist, P. (2012).  Decisions About Doctorates:  Deciding Whether, When, and Where to Go.  OT Practice, Vol 17, Issue 13, July 23, 2012.

Wertheimer, J., Duboille, A., Walton, C., Nuno, M. and Tuchman, M. (2012). Non-motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation. The Parkinson Alliance website – “DBS-STN.org.”  http://www.dbs-stn.org/media/file/NonMotorSymptoms-DBSReport-web.pdf.

Wertheimer, J., Duboille, A., Walton, C., Nuno, M. and Tuchman, M. (2012). Speech in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease with and without Deep Brain Stimulation.   The Parkinson Alliance website – “DBS-STN.org” http://www.dbs-stn.org/media/file/DBS-SpeechReport-withReferences.pdf

Wertheimer, J., Tang, W., Walton, C. and Duboille, A. Health related quality of life and attitude in patients with Parkinson’s disease with and without deep brain stimulation. The Parkinson Alliance website – “DBS-STN.org”  http://www.dbs-stn.org/media/file/DBS-STN-QoLandAttitude-2012-web.pdf

Wertheimer, J., Yeh, A., Smith, J., Walton, C. and Tuchman, M. (2012). Differentiation of Fatigue and Apathy in Parkinson’s Disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation: Implications for Neuropsychologists. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

 

2011

Asher, A. (2011). Cognitive Dysfunction Among Cancer Survivors. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 90 (suppl) S16-S26

Jo, M.  (2011). Ependymoma; Ewing's sarcoma; Germ cell tumors; Gliomatosis cerebri; Meninges type tumors; Meningioma; Neurocytoma; Neuroma; Oligodendroglioma, Pineal tumors; Pituitary adenoma; Xanthroastrocytoma.  In J. Kreutzer, B. Caplan, J. DeLuca (Eds), Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.  New York: Springer

Granger, CV., Carlin, M., Riggs, RV and Roberts, P (2011).  Medicare's Rcovery Audit Contractor Program:  Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Are Taking Back Takebacks, But Are They Enough?  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol 90 (5), May 2011

Cazden, J (2011). Everyday Voice Care:  The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers. Hal Leonard Publications

Wertheimer, J., Backhaus, S., Lathram-Sawada, K., Moessner, A., Ibarra, S., Lepore, S., Parrot, D., and Malec, J. (2011).   An Empirically Based Coping Skills Group for Individuals with Brain Injury and Their Caregivers: A Replication, Multi-centered Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

Wertheimer, J., Smith, J.,  Trepatschko, V.,  Walton, C.,  Yeh, A., and Tuchman, M. (2011). Experiencing Pain in Parkinson’s Disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation: The Patient’s Perspective. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

Wertheimer, J., Smith, J.,  Trepatschko, V.,  Walton, C.,  Yeh, A. and Tuchman, M. (2011). Understanding Pain in Parkinson’s Disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation: The Patient’s Perspective.  The Parkinson Alliance website – “DBS-STN.org.” 

Wertheimer, J., Weiming, Tang, Smith, J.,  Trepatschko, V.,  Walton, C. and Tuchman, M. (2011). Fatigue and Apathy in Parkinson’s Disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation.  The Parkinson Alliance website – “DBS-STN.org.” 

 

2010

Bolding, D., Roberts, P. and Phipps, S. (2010). Changing Attitudes Toward Evidence-Based Practice.  
OT Practice, Vol 15, Issue 14, August 9, 2010.  

Riggs, R., Roberts, P., Aronow, H. and Younan, T. (2010). Joint Replacement and Hip Fracture Readmission Rates: Impact of Discharge Destination. PM&R, Volume 2, 806-810.

Roberts, P., Evenson, M., Berger, S., and Khetani, M.  Doctoral Education:  Steps to Consider.  OT Practice, Vol 15, Issue 8, May 10, 2010.  

Roberts, P., and Hiestand, L.  Establishing a Recognition Program for Staff Development, OT Practice, Vol 15, Issue 4, March 8, 2010.

Roberts, P., Riggs, RV and Blaisdell, P. (2010).  Nuts and Bolts Administrative Practice Changes to Operate Under the Recovery Audit Contractor in Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2009),  21 (3-4):  257-274.  

 

2009

Roberts, P., Riggs, R and Blaisdell, P. (2010). Nuts and Bolts Administrative Practice Changes to Operate Under the Recovery Audit Contraction (2009). Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 21(3), 257-274. 

Roberts, P., Cox, M., Schubert, L. and Gentry, K. (2009) Dysphagia Intervention Across the LIfespan. OT practice, Vol 14, Issue 8, May 11, 2009.

Granger, CV., Carlin, M., Diaz, p., Dorval, J., Forer, S., Kessler, C. Melvin, JL., Miller, LS., Riggs, R. and Roberts, P. (2009). Medical Necessity: Is Current Documentation Practice and Payment Denial Limiting Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation? What Features Should Be Included in a Best Documentation Practice to Ensure It Is Comprehensive but Not Overly Burdensome?Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal. 88(9), 755-765.

Riggs, R., Arono, H. and Roberts, P. (2009). Joint Replacement and Hip Fracture Readmission Rates: Impact of Discharge Destination Abstract. PM&R, Volume 1, S103-S286, September 2009.