Alan M. Jette, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Michigan
MPH, University of Michigan

Dr. Jette's research interests include late-life exercise, evaluation of rehabilitation treatment outcomes, and the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability. Dr. Jette is an international expert in the development and dissemination of contemporary outcome measurement instruments to evaluate health care quality and outcomes. He has published over 180 peer reviewed articles on these topics. Dr. Jette currently directs the project entitled, “Use of Computer Adaptive Testing to Assist with theSocial Security Work Disability Determination Process”. He and his collaborators in the Department of Rehabilitation at the NIH Clinical Center are assisting the Social Security Administration to improve their work disability determination process by analyzing existing social security datasets and developing new measures to be used within the process.

Throughout his 30+ year research career, Dr. Jette has received consistent research funding from numerous NIH Institutes, the NIDRR, CDC, CMS, SSA, as well as from several foundations and private corporations. Currently, he directs the Boston Rehabilitation Outcome Measurement Center funded by NCMRR/NIH, serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center funded by NIA/NIH, and is Co-Project Director of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, funded by NIDRR. For 10 years he directed the BU Post Doctoral Fellowship Program in Outcomes Research funded by NIDRR and from 1996-2004 he served as Dean of Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

At a national level, in 1990, Dr. Jette served as Co-Chair of the Panel on Assessment & Epidemiology on the Hunt Valley Task Force on Medical Rehabilitation which was instrumental in founding the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within NIH. From 1998-2002, Dr. Jette was a Member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review SSA’s Disability Decision Process. From 2004-2008 Dr. Jette served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the NCMRR/NIH. From 2005- 2007, Dr. Jette chaired the Institute of Medicine’s study and co-edited the report, The Future of Disability in America which highlights disability priorities for the nation. From 2010 -2011, he served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council’s Panel that conducted an External Evaluation of NIDRR’s Research Programs. He currently serves on the NIH Blue Ribbon Panel that is evaluating rehabilitation research funding within the NIH.

In the international area, Dr. Jette served as a member of the International Advisory Panel on the evaluation of Swedish research on disability, Swedish Council for Social Research (2000-2001) was an International Review Panel Member, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (2006-2007), and in 2010 was a Member, Research Review Committee, The Academy of Finland Research Council.

He received a BS in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and a MPH (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Director of Health & Disabilities Research Institute
Boston University School of Public Health
Health & Disabilities Research Institute

2014 Foundation for Physical Therapy: Charles Magistro Distinguished Service Award
2014 Research Section, American Physical Therapy Association: John Maley Research Award
2013 Institute of Medicine: Membership
2012 American Physical Therapy Association: Mary McMillan Lecturer
2011 Gerontological Society of America: Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award
2010 American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Distinguished Public Service Award
2009 National Rehabilitation Hospital: Goldsmith Award
2006 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine: Sidney and Elizabeth Licht Award
2005 American Physical Therapy Association: Catherine Worthingham Fellow
2000 American Physical Therapy Association: Excellence in Research Award
1999 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine: Sidney and Elizabeth Licht Award
1999 APTA: Helen J. Hislop Award
1998 Golden Pen Award
1998 Orthopedic Section, APTA: Rose Excellence in Research Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Research
1998 University of Florida: Barbara C. White Award
1997 Foundation for Physical Therapy: Robert Bartlett Recognition Award
1997 Sage Publications Editor's Award
1993 APTA: Marian Williams Award
1991 Massachusetts Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association: Research Award
1990 APTA: Research Award
1982 AHP Association of the National Arthritis Foundation: Scholarship Award

Post Development Testing of the Functional Assessment Battery (NIH-16-012025)
09/23/2016 - 09/22/2021 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Lewis E. Kazis, ScD.
NIH/Clinical Center

Women's Health and Disability: Building a Clinically Relevant Outcome Measure
09/16/2015 - 05/31/2021 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Regents of the University of Michigan NIH NICHD

Multi-Institutional Center on Health Services Training and Research: CoHSTAR: HS/HP Research Career Training Program (RCTP)
05/01/2015 - 04/30/2021 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Brown University Fdn for Phy Therapy

Computerized Adaptive Testing to Direct Delivery of Hospital-Based Rehabilitation
04/03/2015 - 02/29/2020 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Mayo Clinic NIH NICHD

Boston Roybal Center
09/30/2014 - 05/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Brandeis University NIH NIA

Knowledge Translation of Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index (SCI-FI) and Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury (PEDI-SCI)
12/31/2015 - 12/31/2018 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Thomas Jefferson University Craig H. Neilsen Fdn

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System
09/30/2016 - 09/29/2017 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Adm for Comm. Living

Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program
09/30/2015 - 09/29/2017 (PI)
Administration for Community Living

Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training (ARRT) Program
04/01/2015 - 09/29/2017 (PI)
Administration for Community Living

National Health and Aging Trends Study
09/01/2014 - 04/30/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Johns Hopkins University NIH NIA

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  1. Ni P, Spellman K, Zafonte R, Wen H, Slavin MD, Jette AM. A Concordance Table to Convert FIM Basic Mobility and Self-Care Scale Scores to SCI-FI/AT Scores. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Jul 31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34343522
  2. Mulcahey MJ, Thielen CC, Slavin MD, Ni P, Jette AM. Pediatric measure of participation short forms version 2.0: development and evaluation. Spinal Cord. 2021 Jun 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34079073
  3. Jette AM. Reflections on the Wisdom of Profession-Specific Diagnostic Labels. Phys Ther. 2021 06 01; 101(6). PMID: 34157121
  4. Keeney T, Jette DU, Cabral H, Jette AM. Frailty and Function in Heart Failure: Predictors of 30-Day Hospital Readmission? J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2021 Apr-Jun 01; 44(2):101-107.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31373945; PMCID: PMC6992473; DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000243;
  5. Jette AM. The Promise and Potential of Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapy. Phys Ther. 2021 03 03; 101(3). PMID: 33774679
  6. Marino M, Ni P, Kazis L, Brandt D, Jette A. Demographic and functional differences among social security disability claimants. Qual Life Res. 2021 Jun; 30(6):1757-1768.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33611754
  7. Jette AM. Global Prevalence of Disability and Need for Rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2021 02 04; 101(2). PMID: 33556184
  8. Tyner CE, Kisala PA, Heinemann AW, Fyffe D, Tate DG, Slavin MD, Jette AM, Tulsky DS. Validation of the Spinal Cord Injury Functional Index for Use in Community-Dwelling Individuals With SCI. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 Jan 13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33453193
  9. Jette AM. "To Hand Down the Legacy Undiminished": PTJ's Early Years. Phys Ther. 2021 01 04; 101(1). PMID: 33508857
  10. Jette AM. PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal. Phys Ther. 2020 Dec 07; 100(12):2077-2078. PMID: 33174589
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