• 11891 Citations
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1978 …2022
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Personal profile

Training Experience



Health Sciences

University of Montana, Missoula, Montana



Occupational Therapy

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas



Special Education & Rehabilitation

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 



Special Education & Rehabilitation

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Professional Information

National Committees (Selected)

National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research


Technical Expert Panel, National Quality Forum and CMS  Topic: preventable hospital readmission

2014-presentFounding Faculty Member, Post-Acute Care Center for ResearchWashington, DC 

Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (formerly Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center)

VA Health Administration, Tampa & Gainesville, FL

National Advisory Committee, Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation 

2002-presentScientific Advisory Board, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research Institute   


University of Texas Medical Branch Committees (Selected)
2015-presentResearch Strategic Planning Task Force 
2009-presentOperations Committee, Institute for Translational Science  
2008-presentChair, Credentials Committee, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 
2008-presentResearch Executive Committee
2006-presentResearch Centers and Institute Directors Committee
2008-2014Education Steering Committee, Institute for Translational Science


2001-presentProfessor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Director, Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine (WOS)


Full Member, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Faculty


Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, School of Health Professions


Founding Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Aging and Health

Personal profile

2008-presentInstitute for Translational Science 

Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition (formerly Center for Rehabilitation Sciences)

1996-presentSealy Center on Aging
1996-presentGraduate School of Biomedical Sciences Faculty

Certification And Licenses

1995-presentTexas State License, Occupational Therapy
1973-presentNational Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
1990-1997New York State License, Occupational Therapy

Research Interests

The focus of my research is rehabilitation outcomes with an emphasis on the assessment of functional status, disability, frailty and minority health in older adults. My recent research has focused on system outcomes such as hospital readmission and discharge destination following post-acute care. I maintain an interest in methodological and data analysis issues related to clinical and population health research.  

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Projects 2010 2022

Research Output 1978 2018

1 Citations

Differences Between Skilled Nursing Facilities in Risk of Subsequent Long-Term Care Placement

Goodwin, J., Li, S., Middleton, A., Ottenbacher, K. & Kuo, Y. F., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Skilled Nursing Facilities
Long-Term Care
Nursing Homes
Fee-for-Service Plans
Rehabilitation Nursing
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Confidence Intervals
Weight Loss
Independent Living
Hispanic Americans
1 Citations

Effects of Age and Sex on Hospital Readmission in Traumatic Brain Injury

Li, C., Karmarkar, A., Adhikari, D., Ottenbacher, K. & Kuo, Y. F., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Readmission
Sex Characteristics
Age Groups
Odds Ratio
Episode of Care
1 Citations

Frailty and diabetes among Mexican American older adults

Howrey, B., Al Snih al snih, S., Markides, K. & Ottenbacher, K., Jul 1 2018, In : Annals of Epidemiology. 28, 7, p. 421-426.e1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hand Strength
Hispanic Americans
Logistic Models
Hip Fractures