Jason Barbas directs all specialized treatment in Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s five ability labs. Within these applied-research and therapeutic spaces, interdisciplinary teams help patients gain more function, achieve better outcomes and enjoy greater ability and independence. Each lab is configured uniquely, based on a targeted function and the type of therapy and research taking place therein: Think + Speak Lab, Legs + Walking Lab, Arms + Hands Lab, Strength + Endurance Lab and Pediatric Lab.
Additionally, Jason oversees Internal Staff Development for over 400 Allied Health professionals throughout Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s system of care. In collaboration with a team of Clinical Practice Leaders, he transfers the latest research and best practices through educational programming and professional mentoring.
A physical therapist with nearly 20 years’ experience, his clinical area of focus is on treating patients with neurologic conditions. He also has taken a leadership role in various research projects, including studies on locomotor recovery for persons with spinal cord injury and the integration and use of innovative technologies in the rehabilitation setting. Currently, he is leading a proof of concept and development project using novel immersive virtual reality environments with patients with neurologic conditions.
Jason represents Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at the annual SCI Model Systems PT/OT Leadership Forum. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA’s) Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, as well as APTA’s Education and Health Policy Section and Administration Section.
Jason is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, his Master of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, and his Bachelor of Education in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611