Thanks to the support of donors like you, The Foundation awarded the $2.5 million Center of Excellence in Physical Therapy Health Services and Health Policy Research and Training Grant to Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Brown University School of Public Health, to establish a multi-site Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR)

What is CoHSTAR?

CoHSTAR is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Center dedicated to advancing health services and health policy research capacity in physical therapy. CoHSTAR offers fellowships, hosts visiting scientists, and provides special summer training sessions. To learn more, visit the CoHSTAR website.

CoHSTAR Updates:

Foundation Update on CoHSTAR: Year 3

Health Services Research is still a new domain yet continues to generate enthusiasm as people are understanding it more. In only one year, CoHSTAR has managed to accomplish a great deal and is already seeing interest. Read more in this annual update by the Foundation to see what CoHSTAR has been up to and what to expect moving forward.

Past CoHSTAR Annual Updates

CoHSTAR’s 3rd Health Services Institute

For it’s 3rd institue on Health Services Research, CoHSTAR partnered with the Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation (CLDR) and focused on advancing health services research and quality strategies. Search #HSRI2018 to see highlights from this 2-day event.

CoHSTAR 2nd Summer Institute

In 2017, CoHSTAR joined forces with NEXT Conference & Exposition with the goal of bringing together practice leaders and health services researchers to seek practical solutions to reduce variation in care and demonstrate value across the continuum of care. The Summer Institute was offered as a Pre-Conference workshop at the Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston on June 21st.

CoHSTAR Summer Institute a success!

CoHSTAR recently held its first Summer Institute at Boston University.

The Summer Institute began with an evening reception, a poster session and a keynote address by Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA. The following day, 16 leading researchers presented successful models for conducting physical therapy health services research and described specific research projects.

To watch Dr. Duncan’s keynote speech and for more updates on the Summer Institiute, visit:

CoHSTAR at CSM 2016

Announcing Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The CoHSTAR Fellowship programs provide up to two years of funding to support doctorally trained physical therapist researchers seeking to advance their skills in health services research. The goal of the fellowship programs is to create a cadre of physical therapists who are independent health services researchers.

Fellows will be paired with a CoHSTAR site and faculty mentor and will engage in activities designed to promote a career as a successful health services researcher.

Application guidelines can be found on the CoHSTAR website.

CoHSTAR Participating Sites


For all news-related items on CoHSTAR, visit their website.

CoHSTAR Leadership

Linda Resnik, PT, PhD,FAPTA; Brown University; Principal Investigator and Director

Vincent Mor, PhD; Brown University; Director, Research Career Training Program Core

Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA; University of Pittsburgh; Co-Director, Pilot Studies Core

G. Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD, FAPTA; University of Pittsburgh; Co-Director, Pilot Studies Core

Alan Jette, PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA; Boston University; Co-Director, Evaluation and Information Dissemination Core

Mary Slavin, PT, MSPT, PhD; Boston University; Co-Director, Evaluation and Information Dissemination Core