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COIN: Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR); North Florida/South Georgia and Tampa

Director: William Mann, Ph.D., O.T.R.

Co-Directors: Tampa - Gail Powell-Cope, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., and Steven Scott, D.O.; Gainesville - Diane Cowper Ripley, Ph.D., and Charles E. Levy, M.D.

About the COIN

CINDRR's mission is to identify and develop strategies for improving inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, as well as the long term management of disability, including issues that impact family members, for Veterans of all ages.

Focused Areas of Research

CINDRR's focused areas of research include:


Innovative Rehabilitation

Through technologies and innovative engagement strategies improve: (1) Veterans' experiences of rehabilitation, and (2) Veterans' outcomes including, but not limited to, function, safety, community (re)integration, QOL, and access.

Projects under Focus Area 1 address the following:

  • Technology
  • Virtual Care
  • Assistive Technology
  • Engagement
  • VA-Community Partnerships
  • Patient and Family Engagement
  • Interdisciplinary Team Functioning


Rehabilitation Analytics Research

Develop analytic systems and predictive analytics to proactively identify patients at risk for adverse events [informatics]; and Develop and test patient-reported outcomes to increase engagement in care and evaluate outcomes of rehab interventions [measurement].

Projects under Focus Area 2 can address the following

  • Measurement
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Natural language processing
  • Text mining
  • Network / Baysian techniques



Shorten the time between evidence production and implementation into rehabilitation practice and policy, including but not limited to rehabilitation programs and strategies, patient-reported outcome measures, and point of care decision support tools.

Projects under Focus Area 3 address the following:

  • Barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based programs and practices consistent with VA National Priorities (Blueprint)
  • Projects that promote access and quality improvement efforts throughout the VA
  • Rigorous evaluation methods of VA national initiatives
  • Innovative implementation science projects that seek to engage national and regional partners to improve VA health care and outcomes



Partner Offices

Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. CINDRR's partners include:

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