Linda Ehrlich-Jones

Linda Ehrlich-Jones, RN, PhD

Associate Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Research Professor, of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

About Me

Dr. Linda Ehrlich-Jones is Associate Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She has been involved in the creation of behavioral interventions using motivational interviewing, targeting persons with chronic illness to increase physical activity and improve diet. She has served as PI and co-I on projects funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the National Institutes of Health, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and other organizations and foundations. 

She oversees the Rehabilitation Measures Database, a compendium of summaries of more than 550 instruments that gets over 5 million page views per year. She works with students, educators and professionals around the country to develop summaries and gather and validate psychometric and other data associated with each measure, collaboratively produces educational resources about the database and delivers trainings and lectures on the database. 

Dr. Ehrlich-Jones is also a Research Professor in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Knox College and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago, her Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, and her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1978 - 1980
    Nursing, Rush University
    1985 - 1987
    Medical-Surgical Nursing, Loyola University
    1990 - 2001
    Nursing Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Recent Publications

Operational changes to the lupus intervention fatigue trial as a result of COVID-19: An update to the study protocol.
Kinnett-Hopkins D, Ramsey-Goldman R, Milaeger H, Chmiel JS, Chung A, Erickson D, Kenney A, Rosiles L, Ehrlich-Jones L
Contemporary clinical trials communications
doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2023.101221
Effectiveness of Behavioral and Pharmacologic Interventions for Depressive Symptoms After Spinal Cord Injury: Findings From a Systematic Review.
Cotter R, Burns J, Kaufman K, Kudla A, Ehrlich-Jones L, Wafford QE, Heinemann AW
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
pii: S0003-9993(24)00037-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2024.01.004
Systematic Review and Appraisal of the Cross-Cultural Validity of Functional Status Assessment Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Kulhawy-Wibe SC, Zell J, Michaud K, Yazdany J, Davis AM, Ehrlich-Jones L, Thorne JC, Everix D, Cappelli LC, Suter LG, Limanni A, Barber CEH
Arthritis care & research
doi: 10.1002/acr.23904
Positive and negative ways that informal caregivers are affected by weight and weight management efforts for care recipients with spinal cord injury.
LaVela SL, Pedersen J, Ehrlich-Jones L, Heinemann AW
Disability and rehabilitation
doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1985629
Effects of an Implementation Intervention to Promote Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures on Clinicians' Perceptions of Evidence-Based Practice, Implementation Leadership, and Team Functioning.
Heinemann AW, Nitsch KP, Ehrlich-Jones L, Malamut L, Semik P, Srdanovic N, Kocherginsky M, Hobbs S
The Journal of continuing education in the health professions
doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000249
Use of Physical Activity Monitors in Rheumatic Populations.
Pellegrini CA, Powell SM, Mook N, DeVivo K, Ehrlich-Jones L
Current rheumatology reports
doi: 10.1007/s11926-018-0786-5

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Fellow
    American Academy of Nursing, 2021
  • Addie Thomas Service Award
    Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Member Board of Directors
    Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2012 - 2015
  • President
    Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2009 - 2010
  • Member
    Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, 2006

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Education and Training

Selected Grants

  • Enhancing Rehabilitation Participation in Patients with SCI/D Using Motivational Interviewing
    Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, 2023 - 2026
  • DRRP on KT to Promote Patient-Centered Care Through Use of Standardized Assessments
    NIDILRR grant 90PK0007, 2020 - 2025
    90IF0093-01-00, 2015 - 2018
    U34AR064513, 2014 - 2016
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation
    739, 2014 - 2015
  • Retirement Research Foundation
    2011-027, 2011 - 2014
    1K23NR012225, 2010 - 2013

Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR)

This lab focuses on outcome studies, measuring the long-term impact of medical rehabilitation in patients with disabilities.

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