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Meet the FOTO Research Advisory Board- (FRAB)

FOTO Research Advisory Board

Daniel Deutscher, Curtis Jones, Karen Cook, JW Matheson, Julie Fritz, Mark Werneke, Deanna Hayes, Linda Woodhouse, Al Amato, Ben Johnston

Karon F. Cook, PhD

Dr. Karon F. Cook is research associate 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 is a full time clinician at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ. Mark is interested in outcome-guided patient management. He is presently involved with MDT research network using FOTO investigating McKenzie methods and biopsychosocial model. Mark has presented both internationally and nationally on topics relating to back pain classification/treatment, psychosocial screening for spinal patients, and centralization. Mark is an active reviewer for multiple journals and has authored or coauthored over 30 peer-review articles.

Mark was a recipient of 1) the APTA Rose Award 2000, 2) McKenzie Research Award 2000, 3) the APTA Chattanooga Award 2004, 4) the NJ APTA James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award 2005, and 5) John Medeiros, Distinguished Authorship Award 2010.

Mark is a member of the APTA. Mark was elected in 2005 to the Board of Directors for the International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation.

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.