Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, PhD, Named Director of Rehabilitation Research
6/5/2020 1:00:00 AM
Dr. Froehlich-Grobe Named as New Director of Rehabilitation Research
Dallas, TEXAS (June 5, 2020) - Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) has announced the appointment of Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Ph.D., to the position of director of rehabilitation research. Dr. Froelich-Grobe, who has served as the associate research director since 2016, will assume leadership of all research initiatives. Her primary focus will be on improving patient outcomes, overall health and long-term quality of life.
"We are excited to have Dr. Froehlich-Grobe at the helm of our research program and confident that she will advance our position as a national leader in rehabilitation research," said Fabian Polo, president of BSWIR.
Dr. Froelich-Grobe, a behavioral psychologist, will spearhead research on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation approaches to increase patients’ functional gains, explore strategies to promote the health, abilities and participation of patients once they return to the community; and examine how patients use rehabilitation and related services to improve care delivery. She will continue to develop collaborative relationships with multidisciplinary teams of investigators, engineers, research scientists, medical rehabilitation professionals, and health services providers.
Throughout her career, Dr. Froelich-Grobe has been awarded more than $4.6 million in funding from federal, state and private sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Institutes of Health; National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and is the co-editor and chapter author of the textbook, Public Health Perspectives on Disability: Science, Social Justice, Ethics and Beyond, 2nd edition (ISBN-13: 978-1071608876) to be released in the fall of 2020.
Dr. Froelich-Grobe also serves on the editorial board of the Disability and Health Journal, review panel of Veteran’s Administration Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic Rehabilitation review panel, and executive board of the disability section of the American Public Health Association. In addition, she is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center-School of Public Health, Dallas campus.
A graduate of George Washington University, Dr. Froelich-Grober earned both a master’s and a doctorate degree in applied behavioral sciences from the University of Kansas.