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Richard Gershon, PhD, is widely recognized for his expertise in advancing the use of technology for increasing the impact and reach of psychometrically robust health measurements. Having completed PhD work in both Clinical and Personality Psychology from Northwestern University, Dr. Gershon is the Vice Chair for Research in Medical Social Sciences and a Professor in Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a leading expert in the application of Item Response Theory (IRT) in individualized and large scale assessments and has developed item banks and Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for educational, clinical, and health applications - including cognitive, emotional, sensory and motor applications.   Dr. Gershon has had a robust career in Patient Report Outcomes (PRO) and Performance Outcomes as he has acted as the principal investigator for the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological Function and Behavior, the NIH Roadmap Patient – Reporting Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Technical Center, and the National Children's Study: Vanguard Study (South ROC).   Currently, Dr. Gershon is the contact principal investigator for The Mobile Toolbox for Monitoring Cognitive Function, MyCog: Rapid detection of cognitive impairment in everyday clinical settings, and ARMADA: Advancing Reliable Measurement in Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive Aging. He is also MPI of the following projects: ECHO PRO Research Resource: A Developmentally-based Measurement Science Framework for Assessing Environmental Exposure and Child Health; “NIH Toolbox” Design Consulting for Research Domain Criteria Field Test Battery; and AAD-PEPR: Asthma and Atopic Dermatitis Validation of PROMIS Pediatric Instruments. In addition to these roles, he is co-investigator and the Technical core PI for the National Person-Centered Assessment Resource and co-investigator for the NIH/NCATS project “Improving Patient Reported Outcome Data for Research through Seamless Integration of the PROMIS Toolkit into EHR Workflows.” Furthermore, he serves as the site PI for the NICHD project “A Cognitive Test battery for Intellectual Disabilities,” and the DOD project “Assessing Rehabilitation Outcomes after Severe Neuromusculoskeletal Injury: Development of Patient Reported Outcomes Assessment Instruments.” Altogether he has served as PI, MPI or co-investigator for over 70 NIH, DoD, and Foundation awards.

Throughout Dr. Gershon’s career, he has been actively involved in education including his work as an undergraduate teaching assistant, adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology, the School of Continuing Studies, and most recently as a Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Studies. He has taught courses in Psychometrics, Statistics, Research Design and Measurement Development. Altogether Dr. Gershon has taught 17 undergraduate and 18 graduate level courses. He also enjoys the role of teacher and mentor within the context of collegial conferences and workshops. In that regard, he has made 55 invited presentations, 88 peer reviewed conference presentations, directed or co-directed more than 66 face-to-face and webinar-based workshops and authored over 115 peer reviewed articles.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Northwestern University

… → 1996

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Medical Informatics
  • Outcome Measures
  • Psychological Issues of Patients Dealing with Medical Illness
  • Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quality of Life

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Grants 2007 2023

SP0046767 Data Stats Core

Condon, D. M., Gershon, R., Kaat, A. J. & Schalet, B. D.

National Institute on Aging

9/15/185/31/23

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SP0046767 Project Core

Cella, D., Condon, D. M., Gershon, R., Nowinski, C. J. & Reber, P. J.

National Institute on Aging

9/15/185/31/23

Project: Research project

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SP0046767 Extension Core

Condon, D. M., Gershon, R., Nowinski, C. J. & Revelle, W. R.

National Institute on Aging

9/15/185/31/23

Project: Research project

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Cognition
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SP0046767 Technical Core

Bass, M., Condon, D. M., Gershon, R. & Nowinski, C. J.

National Institute on Aging

9/15/185/31/23

Project: Research project

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Research Output 1988 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
Child Behavior
Checklist
Information Storage and Retrieval
Problem Behavior
Aggression

PROMIS ® Adult Health Profiles: Efficient Short-Form Measures of Seven Health Domains

Cella, D., Choi, S. W., Condon, D. M., Schalet, B. D., Hays, R. D., Rothrock, N. E., Yount, S., Cook, K. F., Gershon, R., Amtmann, D., DeWalt, D. A., Pilkonis, P. A., Stone, A. A., Weinfurt, K. & Reeve, B. B., Jan 1 2019, In : Value in Health.

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Health Information Systems
Quality of Life
Health
Information Systems
Pain
1 Citation (Scopus)

A new measure for end of life planning, preparation, and preferences in Huntington disease: HDQLIFE end of life planning

Carlozzi, N. E., Hahn, E. A., Frank, S. A., Perlmutter, J. S., Downing, N. D., McCormack, M. K., Barton, S., Nance, M. A., Schilling, S. G., Carlozzi, N., Dayalu, P., Schilling, S., Austin, A., Canter, M., Goodnight, S., Miner, J., Migliore, N., Paulsen, J., Downing, N., DeSoriano, I. & 31 othersShadrick, C., Miller, A., Quaid, K., Wesson, M., Ross, C., Churchill, G., Ong, M. J., Perlman, S., Clemente, B., Fisher, A., Obialisi, G., Rosco, M., McCormack, M., Marin, H., Dicke, A., Perlmutter, J. S., Barton, S., Smith, S., Nance, M., Ede, P., Rao, S., Ahmed, A., Lengen, M., Mourany, L., Reece, C., Geschwind, M., Winer, J., Cella, D., Gershon, R., Hahn, E. & Hdqlife Site Investigators And Coordinators, Jan 1 2018, In : Journal of Neurology. 265, 1, p. 98-107 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Huntington Disease
Quality of Life
Psychometrics
Statistical Factor Analysis
Hospice Care

Changes in brain white matter structure are associated with urine proteins in urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS): A MAPP network study

MAPP Research Network & MAPP Research Network Study Group, Dec 1 2018, In : PloS one. 13, 12, e0206807.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pelvic Pain
Anisotropy
Chronic Pain
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Brain

Grooming a CAT: customizing CAT administration rules to increase response efficiency in specific research and clinical settings

Kallen, M. A., Cook, K. F., Amtmann, D., Knowlton, E. & Gershon, R., Sep 1 2018, In : Quality of Life Research. 27, 9, p. 2403-2413 11 p.

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Grooming
Research
Health
Back Pain
Depression