Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Associate Director

Professor

Occupational Therapy

Christine Chen, Sc.D., OTR, FAOTA

Contact

cchen8@twu.edu
940-898-2815
MCL 816

Biography

Christine Chen, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University, Denton Campus. She has experience in teaching a variety of occupational therapy courses, program development for occupational therapy, and research within the field, as well as clinical experience. Dr. Chen's first and foremost research interest was patient-reported outcome and measurement, specifically, using the Rasch measurement model to develop and validate clinically applicable functional assessments. She developed a task-oriented, self-reported functional assessment called Manual Ability Measure, which is widely used in clinical settings by occupational therapists. More recently, she has written proposals to fund OT interventions with vulnerable populations including the homeless community. Currently, she is interested in testing out a rehab treatment specification framework that will help therapists characterize the content and process of rehab intervention.

Education

Sc.D., Therapeutic Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1996
M.S., Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 1982
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1979
B.A., Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University, 1976

Research Interests

Occupational Therapy; Rehabilitation Sciences; Health Sciences; Multiple Sclerosis; Amputation; Clinical Assessments; Prosthetics; Balance Ability; Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders; Pediatric Rehabilitation; Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO); Functional Outcome Measurement; Rasch Measurement Model

Latest Articles

A theory-driven system for the specification of rehabilitation treatments
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
T. Hart, M. Dijkers, J, Whyte, L. Turkstra, J. Zanca

The Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Implications for improved research design, reporting, application, and synthesis
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
J. Van Stan, M. Dijkers, J. Whyte, T. Hart, L. Turkstra

Advancing rehabilitation practice through improved specification of interventions
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
Jeanne M. Zanca, L. Turkstra, C. Chen, A. Packel, M. Ferraro

The importance of voluntary behavior in Rehabilitation treatment and outcomes.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2019)
J. Whyte, M. P. Dijkers, T. Hart, J Van Stan, A. Packel

Current Projects

1) Rehabilitation treatment specification; application of the framework 2) Clinical trial designs, treatment fidelity; essential ingredients in complex rehab treatment 3) Patient-reported outcome and measurement 4) Hand use and hand function; Manual Ability Measure 5) Health Action Process Approach (HAPA) as theoretical framework to work with vulnerable populations

Externally Funded Projects

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 3 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2017
Role: Co-Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 2 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $606,594.00 | 2017
Role: Principal Investigator

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 2 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2016
Role: Co-Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 1 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $632,772.00 | 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Year 4 of 4
GOV-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) | $604,925.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Better rehabilitation through better characterization of rehabilitation treatments: Development of the manual for rehabilitation treatment specification Year 1 of 3
Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) | 2015
Role: Co-Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Various State Occupational Therapy Associations