Christine McDonough, PT, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

MS, Dartmouth College
PhD, Dartmouth College



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 adjunct clinical assistant professor, orthopaedic surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. 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 provides support and consultation for product evaluation through the NIH Center for Rehabilitations Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) and the FDA-funded New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC). As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) she has serves on the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry Scientific Advisory Panel, and the editorial board for Physical Therapy Journal. She is currently a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Editorial Panel for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and the Editor for Clinical Practice Guideline revisions for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.

2016-2016 Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy: Excellence in research Award
2009-2009 MGH Institute of Health Professions: Partners in Excellence Award


Living in Fitness Together (LIFT): Testing the Feasibility of an Innovate Fall Prevention Program
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
Foundation for Physical Therapy

New England Pediatric Device Consortium
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
New England Pediatric Device Consortium HHS FDA
P50FD004907

Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology 2.0 (TREAT 2.0)
09/17/2015 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Simbex, LLC NIH NICHD
1P2CHD086841-01

Multi-Institutional Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)
05/01/2015 - 04/30/2017 (PI)
University of Pittsburgh Brown University

New England Pediatric Device Consortium
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
Trustees of Dartmouth College dba Dartmouth College HHS FDA

Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)
06/01/2011 - 05/31/2016 (PI)
Simbex, LLC NIH
5R24HD065703-04

Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center
09/30/2009 - 09/29/2014 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Harold D Cox, MSSW
HHS/Center for Disease Control
5U48DP001922-02

New England Pediatric Device Consortium
09/16/2013 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Trustees of Dartmouth College dba Dartmouth College HHS FDA
P50FD004907-01

Innovations in late life disability assessment
12/01/2011 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIA
5P30AG031679-04



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Cibulka MT, Bloom NJ, Enseki KR, Macdonald CW, Woehrle J, McDonough CM. Hip Pain and Mobility Deficits-Hip Osteoarthritis: Revision 2017. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Jun; 47(6):A1-A37. PMID: 28566053.
  2. Marfeo EE, Ni P, McDonough C, Peterik K, Marino M, Meterko M, Rasch EK, Chan L, Brandt D, Jette AM. Improving Assessment of Work Related Mental Health Function Using the Work Disability Functional Assessment Battery (WD-FAB). J Occup Rehabil. 2017 May 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28477069.
  3. McDonough CM, Colla CH, Carmichael D, Tosteson ANA, Tosteson TD, Bell JE, Cantu RV, Lurie JD, Bynum JPW. Falling Down on the Job: Evaluation and Treatment of Fall Risk Among Older Adults With Upper Extremity Fragility Fractures. Phys Ther. 2017 Mar 01; 97(3):280-289. PMID: 28340130; DOI: 10.1093/ptj/pzx009;.
  4. McDonough CM, Ni P, Peterik K, Marfeo EE, Marino ME, Meterko M, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Jette AM, Chan L. Improving measures of work-related physical functioning. Qual Life Res. 2017 Mar; 26(3):789-798.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28005243; DOI: 10.1007/s11136-016-1477-1;.
  5. Munson JC, Bynum JP, Bell JE, Cantu R, McDonough C, Wang Q, Tosteson TD, Tosteson AN. Patterns of Prescription Drug Use Before and After Fragility Fracture. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Oct 01; 176(10):1531-1538. PMID: 27548843; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4814;.
  6. Kapoor A, Shaffer NS, McDonough CM, White DK, Wang N, Rosenkranz P, Glantz A, McAneny D, Doherty GM, Cabral HJ, Gurwitz JH, Fielding RA, Jette AM, Silliman RA. Examining New Preoperative Assessment Tools. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct; 64(10):e102-e104.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27590632; DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14349;.
  7. McDonough CM, Stoiber E, Tomek IM, Ni P, Kim YJ, Tian F, Jette AM. Sensitivity to Change of a Computer Adaptive Testing Instrument for Outcome Measurement After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty and Periacetabular Osteotomy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Sep; 46(9):756-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27494055; DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6442;.
  8. Leininger B, McDonough C, Evans R, Tosteson T, Tosteson AN, Bronfort G. Cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy, supervised exercise, and home exercise for older adults with chronic neck pain. Spine J. 2016 Nov; 16(11):1292-1304. PMID: 27345747; DOI: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.06.014;.
  9. Lurie JD, Henderson ER, McDonough CM, Berven SH, Scherer EA, Tosteson TD, Tosteson AN, Hu SS, Weinstein JN. Effect of Expectations on Treatment Outcome for Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 May; 41(9):803-9. PMID: 26641853; PMCID: PMC4853251; DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001333;.
  10. Bynum JPW, Bell JE, Cantu RV, Wang Q, McDonough CM, Carmichael D, Tosteson TD, Tosteson ANA. Second fractures among older adults in the year following hip, shoulder, or wrist fracture. Osteoporos Int. 2016 Jul; 27(7):2207-2215. PMID: 26911297; PMCID: PMC5008031; DOI: 10.1007/s00198-016-3542-6;.
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