Dr. Tamra Keeney, SLU PT Alumna, shares her experience in physical therapy research and the impact of The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research:
"I think my journey to research was anything but straightforward or linear. Pursuing a career in research was not even on my radar when I finished PT school. However, over time, I started to identify issues in patient care and PT practice that I realized didn't have an answer in the literature. I discussed these ideas with colleagues who helped me to get involved in small research projects and encouraged me to pursue further training. As an early career investigator, my journey is still just beginning, but I wouldn't be where I am today or pursuing this line of work without the support and generosity of mentors and colleagues along the way.
I was fortunate to have a portion of my doctoral training supported by a PODS I scholarship and my postdoctoral fellowship was funded, in part, by the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR). This funding was integral to my development as a researcher, and I am grateful for the many connections that I have made as a result of CoHSTAR.
The overarching goal of my research is to change how we deliver rehabilitation to older adults with serious illness across the continuum of care. My hope is that, in the next 100 years, it will be common for physical therapists to be embedded within learning health systems across the country, working collaboratively with interprofessional colleagues to ensure the provision of value-based, patient-centered care."