Research & Education

Research at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation

We focus our research on patients across our entire rehabilitation network. With a diverse patient group from acute care therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and our home health division, we are able to create unique research opportunities that include studying infant feeding in the neonatal intensive care unit, examining sleep patterns in patients with a traumatic brain injury, using robotics during inpatient spinal cord rehabilitation and supporting a healthy lifestyle for outpatients living in the community.

Our researchers are always hard at work trying to improve patient outcomes. We currently have several on-going studies, including major nation-wide collaborations with other health care institutes.

Research Funding

Research staff and clinician-researcher projects are supported by an average annual budget of $2.2 million in federal, foundation and industry-sponsored grants and contracts. Funding agencies include the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Our research funding for 2020 was just over $1.8 million.

Our Mission

To maximize the patient’s rehabilitation outcomes and health through the identification, application, and dissemination of evidence based research and education.

Our Vision

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation will be nationally recognized for conducting innovative, patient-centered research and education programs that lead to the highest quality outcomes in patient care.

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Since 2002, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation has been one of 16 centers nationwide designated as a Model System of care for patients with traumatic brain injuries, which is competitively funded by NIDILRR. Baylor Scott & White Rehabilitation partners with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and John Peter Smith Hosital in Fort Worth to form the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. As part of the Model System, researchers and clinicians contribute to a national database to better understand the health of TBI patients over time, conduct innovative research projects to improve patient and family member outcomes, and collaborate with other Model Systems on research and education projects.

Participate In Our Research

Become a part of our research. We are always looking for people to participate in our studies. Without participants, we wouldn’t be able to collect the essential data that goes into improving patient outcomes. Visit our current research page and see if you’re a match for one of our ongoing studies. Or, fill out our online form now and we'll contact you when the right study matches your interests.

Education at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation

We’re committed to improving the outcomes of patients through research, and educating future physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals. Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation offers five specialty physical therapy residencies and one PM&R physician residency program for those seeking the next step in their education.