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.

One Hospital. Two Model Systems.

Since 2002, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) - Dallas 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 the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). In 2021, BSWIR - Dallas, in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor University Medical Center - Trauma, was awarded a five-year, $2.2 million Spinal Cord Injury Model System grand from NIDILRR. We are now one of only six facilities in the country to have both model system designations.


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.