Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Collaborations




Expertise within C-STAR is organized into four Cores: Engineering, Clinical, Outcomes, and Implementation Science and Community Engagement. These Cores represent not only our expertise but also the domains of knowledge that we believe are critical for deploying the smart (i.e., appropriate, accurate, and clinically meaningful) use of technology for assessments in the real world.

Core leaders and members, who include our colleagues at Northwestern University, serve as a point-of-contact for C-STAR inquiries, provide technical or clinical feedback for pilot projects, and are engaged with all aspects of C-STAR, including webinars, IdeaLab, sabbaticals, and other collaborations. 

Engineering Core


The Engineering Core provides consultations focused on sensing and processing information that is central to the assessment of real-world outcomes, with an emphasis on how to measure and process data rather than what to measure. 

Core Leaders: Levi Hargrove, PhD and Eric Perreault, PhD

Clinical Core


The expertise in the Clinical Core will answer the question of what to measure and how those measurements should be interpreted in the context of each particular patient population, based on a solid understanding of the pathophysiology, underlying sensorimotor and cognitive deficits. and extensive clinical knowledge about real-world realities.

Core Leaders: Elliot Roth, MD and Jules Dewald, PT, PhD

Outcomes Core


The Outcomes Core offers researchers the opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers in rehabilitation outcomes development, efficacy, cost-effectiveness assessment, and implementation science as it pertains to outcomes assessment. A broad spectrum of outcomes research approaches are used in this core, including the development and use of targeted outcomes measures to evaluate treatment effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of care.

Core Leaders: Allen Heinemann, PhD and Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD

Implementation Science/Community Engagement Core


The Implementation Science and Community Engagement Core merges two disciplines that are essential for developing and applying technology for clinical and community assessment with real-world impact: consumer engagement and implementation research, which is the scientific study of strategies to improve the translation of evidence-based interventions into the real-world.

Core Leaders: C. Hendricks Brown, PhD and Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH


CSTAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Grant #P2C HD101899) supported by NICHD and NINDS.

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