Christine McDonough, PT, PhD
|Title||Research Assistant Professor|
|Institution||Boston University School of Public Health|
|Department||Health Policy & Management|
|Address||715 Albany St Talbot Building|
Boston MA 02118
Dr. Christine McDonough is research assistant professor in Health Policy and Management in the Health & Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also affiliated with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Research interests include applying contemporary measurement methods such as Item Response Theory (IRT) and Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) as well as current models of health, functioning and disability to the development of measures of status, functioning and clinical outcomes for musculoskeletal and aging research. Dr. McDonough is also interested in the use of evidence to identify high value health care interventions.
Dr. McDonough trained as a physical therapist at the University of Vermont and developed a deep interest in Orthopaedics in her first position as a staff physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She founded and directed an independent physical therapy practice focusing in orthopaedics, sports and geriatrics. After 15 years in clinical practice she undertook graduate studies at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in clinical and health services research, shared decision-making, and health care and policy decision-making, including such tools as economic evaluation and decision analysis.
Her doctoral research investigated the measurement characteristics of several widely used instruments to assess clinical outcomes for cost-effectiveness analysis in spine disorders, including the EQ-5D, SF-6D, HUI, and estimated QWB. As a recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, her post-doctoral fellowship research with the Dartmouth Institute and the BU Health & Disability Research Institute provided advanced training and expertise in measurement of health, functioning, and disability using classical and contemporary methods including IRT and CAT. Dr. McDonough has been involved in the development and testing of CAT instruments to measure a range of functioning and health domains.
She is the Liaison to the Dartmouth Institute for the NIH-funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT). As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) she has served on their national Research Agenda Revision Committee and the Advisory Committee on the Development of a National Outcomes Database. She is currently a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Group for the Section on Geriatrics, and the Editor and Revisions Coordinator of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Orthopaedics Section of the APTA. In addition to the Orthopaedic, Geriatric, and Research Sections of the APTA she is a member of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.
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