VA Providence Healthcare System
Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA
|Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA [ACADEMIC PAGE] **
Research Career Scientist, PVAMC
Professor (Research), Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice
|Dr. Resnik is a Research Career Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) and Professor (Research) in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University.* She is the Director of CfNN Focus Area 3: Restoring Limb Function and is the Executive Director of the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR).* Dr. Resnik is the 2017 recipient of the Paul B. Magnuson Award. Linda Resnik’s research, informed by nearly 20 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, links the fields of rehabilitation and health services research, focusing on three specialized areas: 1) design and evaluation of upper limb prosthetic devices; 2) development, evaluation and deployment of rehabilitation outcomes measures; 3) study of delivery and effectiveness of rehabilitation services.
The overarching goal of her research is to improve the quality of rehabilitation care for persons with chronic and disabling conditions. Dr. Resnik has been evaluating new upper limb prosthetic technology for over a decade. She was Principal Investigator of the multi-site VA Study to Optimize the DEKA Arm and led VA efforts to evaluate the DEKA Arm and transition it to clinical practice. She is currently Principal Investigator of a national study of Veterans and active duty service members with upper limb amputation that will provide comparisons of function, satisfaction, quality of life for prosthesis users and non-users, and comparisons by prosthesis and terminal device type. VA RR&D recently funded her for a new merit review that will develop and refine outcome measures that are responsive to the concerns of women with upper limb amputation. She is also collaborating on study design and analysis of data from the first home trials of a neural connected sensory prosthesis study.
Dr. Resnik developed and validated two new activity performance measures, and a timed based measure of ADL performance for upper limb amputees. She led the review of measures of upper limb function in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines on Rehabilitation for persons with upper limb amputation, and completed two systematic reviews of measures of activity limitation and community integration for persons with amputation and limb trauma. Her work on rehabilitation outcome measurement not limited to amputation care. She developed measures of Veteran community integration using the conceptual framework of “participation” as described by the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, the Community Reintegration of Injured Service Members (CRIS) and the CRIS-CAT* a computer adaptive test version of the measure, which has been approved by VA OI&T.
Dr. Resnik has been funded by VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), VA RR&D, National Institute on Aging (NIA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Rhode Island Foundation for research studies totaling over 24 million dollars. Dr. Resnik received her Ph.D. in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University, her MS in physical therapy from Sargent College, Boston University, and her BS from Hampshire College.
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