Sherri L LaVela

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Sherri L. LaVela, PhD, MPH, MBA is a Senior Research Health Scientist at the Department of Veterans, Health Services Research and Development and Spinal Cord Injury Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (SCI QUERI). Dr. LaVela is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. She has conducted research across several fields and believes that the most desirable (and sustainable) outcomes are accomplished through research and interventions across multiple levels (patient/person, informal caregiver/family, health care provider/staff, facility/organization, and community) and multiple disciplines. Dr. LaVela’s research spans several areas, including: rehabilitation, disability studies, health promotion/disease prevention, chronic disease prevalence and multiple-morbidity in persons with disabilities, gerontology/aging, aging with a disability, patient-reported outcomes, functional health outcomes, health disparities, and informal caregiving/family support. Much of her research has focused on patient (person)-centered care and equitable health care for special populations, including individuals with neurological disorders, physical disabilities (e.g., multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and disorders, traumatic brain injury), veterans, and older adults. She is also interested in the study of psychosocial concepts such as resilience, as well as the role of the environment, and patient-provider communication in meeting overall well-being and functional needs in persons with disabilities. Dr. LaVela has expertise in program evaluation, implementation science, and statistics/use of mixed methodology for research. She has authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented numerous papers at disability, medical, health care delivery, and research conferences.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 2008

MPH, University of Illinois - Chicago

… → 2002

Research interests

  • Disability
  • Evaluation
  • Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury

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Veterans Health Medicine & Life Sciences
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Grants 2014 2015

Program Evaluation
Patient Safety
Quality of Health Care
Graduate Medical Education

Research Output 2001 2019

  • 881 Citations
  • 87 Article
  • 7 Review article
  • 1 Letter
  • 1 Short survey

An exploratory pilot study to describe shared decision-making for PTSD treatment planning: The provider perspective

Etingen, B., Hill, J. N., Miller, L. J., Schwartz, A., LaVela, S. L. & Jordan, N., Mar 1 2019, In : Military medicine. 184, p. 467-475 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Decision Making
Mental Health
United States Department of Veterans Affairs

A tolerability assessment of new respiratory protective devices developed for health care personnel: A randomized simulated clinical study

Radonovich, L. J., Wizner, K., LaVela, S. L., Lee, M. L., Findley, K. & Yorio, P., Jan 2019, In : PloS one. 14, 1, e0209559.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Respiratory Protective Devices
relative risk
health care workers
Health care

Orthotists’ and physical therapists’ perspectives on quality of care indicators for persons with custom ankle-foot orthoses

Heinemann, A. W., Fatone, S., LaVela, S. L., Slater, B. C. S., Deutsch, A. F., Peterson, M., Soltys, N. T. & McPherson, V., Jan 1 2019, In : Assistive Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Foot Orthoses
Quality of Health Care
Physical Therapists
Equipment and Supplies

Use of PROMIS-29® in US Veterans: Diagnostic Concordance and Domain Comparisons with the General Population

LaVela, S. L., Etingen, B., Miskevics, S. & Cella, D., Aug 15 2019, In : Journal of general internal medicine. 34, 8, p. 1452-1458 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veterans Health
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Somatoform Disorders
2 Citations (Scopus)

What determines low satisfaction with life in individuals with spinal cord injury?

LaVela, S. L., Etingen, B., Miskevics, S. & Heinemann, A. W., Mar 4 2019, In : Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 42, 2, p. 236-244 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Spinal Cord Injuries
Social Support
Wounds and Injuries