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Meet the FOTO Research Advisory Board (FRAB)

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Karon Cook,  Mark Werneke, Julie Fritz, Daniel Deutscher, Linda Woodhouse

Karon F. Cook, PhD

Dr. Karon F. Cook is research professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. She is a psychometrician and health outcomes researcher with particular interest in applied psychometric research and in developing effective ways to communicate the science of measurement in cogent and accessible ways. Her research expertise includes item response theory, computer adaptive scaling, evaluation of differential item function, and pain assessment.

The bulk of Dr. Cook’s applied work has been in the development and evaluation of self-report measures. She has developed measures for a diverse range of patient outcomes including shoulder function, pain intensity and pain behaviors. Dr. Cook has been principle investigator for research funded by National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Veteran’s Affairs Health Services Research, Veteran’s Affairs Rehabilitation Research, and the Department of Defense.

Daniel Deutscher, PT, PhD

Daniel Deutscher is a Physical Therapist, working in ‘Maccabi Healthcare Services’, the second largest public medical health plan in Israel, serving as a clinic manager and the national director of research & development in the physical therapy service. 
Dr. Deutscher has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy (BPT) in 1994, his Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSc.PT) in 2002, both at Tel-Aviv University, and his PhD at the University of Haifa, Israel in 2010, studying relationships between patient characteristics, treatment procedures, costs and outcomes, in outpatient Physical Therapy clinics. Dr Deutscher has published articles in peer reviewed journals including Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, Quality of Life Research, Journal of applied measurement, The Journal of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, Disability & Rehabilitation, BMC health services research and the International Urogynecology Journal.

Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC

Julie Fritz is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah and a Clinical Outcomes Research Scientist with Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She served on the faculty in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Pittsburgh for six years prior to moving to Salt Lake City. She is currently an Editor of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and an Editorial Board Member of the European Spine Journal as well as a member of the Cochrane Back Review Group. Her research interests have focused on examining treatments for individuals with low back pain, matching the most effective treatments to various sub-groups of patients, and examining the outcomes of translation of decision-making strategies into physical therapy practice. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Physical Therapy Foundation.

Mark Werneke, PT, MS, Dip. MDT

Mark earned his Master of Science degree in Physical therapy at Boston University in 1979.  He achieved credentialing in McKenzie methods as a Diplomat in 1995. Mark’s career has centered on being a clinical scientist and researcher. He is interested in patient self-report outcomes collected during every day clinical practice to guide effective and efficient clinical treatment decisions to enhance the value of care to our patients. Specific research areas of interest are the McKenzie methods, spine care, and the biopsychosocial model. Mark is an active referee for several medical and physical therapy journals.  He has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of medical journals. Mark is a life-time member of the APTA. Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation, McKenzie Advisory Research Committee, and FOTO’s Research Advisory Board.

Linda Woodhouse, PT, PhD

Linda Woodhouse is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and also holds research positions at the McCaig Institute and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Her work focuses on the evaluation of the effects of exercise and various muscular tissues on the physical functioning of patients with musculoskeletal diseases, cancer or various endocrinal problems. Linda has also made a major contribution to the advanced practice of physiotherapy and models for inter-professional care for patients with chronic illnesses. She obtained her degree in physiotherapy and her PhD from the University of Toronto. Linda also has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the physiology of exercise from the University of Western Ontario. She serves as Chair of the CEO Evaluation Committee and is ex-officio on all Board committees. Linda also holds the David Magee Endowed Chair's position at University of Alberta and was the Scientific Director of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services from 2012-2015.  She also serves as the President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Board of Directors and on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry(PTOR) being developed by APTA.