Kimberly J Waddell, PhD, MSCI, OTR/L

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Research Health Scientist, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center; Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Research and Innovation Manger, Nudge Unit, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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BS (Health Science)
Truman State University, 2008.
MS (Occupational Therapy)
University of North Carolina, 2010.
PhD (Movement Science)
Washington University, 2019.
MS (Clinical Investigation)
Washington University, 2019.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Waddell’s research expertise includes applying behavioral economic principles to 1) help improve physical activity and disease self-management for adults with neurologic disease and 2) improve the translation of in-clinic improvements to daily life for adults receiving rehabilitation services. This work includes wearable devices and remote monitoring technologies. She also has a growing interest in using administrative data to better understand post-stroke recovery, disability, and identifying patient populations who may benefit from remote monitoring interventions to improve overall health.

Selected Publications

DM Bravata, T Purvis, QP Ding, KJ Waddell, MF Kilkenny: Advances in Stroke: Quality Improvement. Stroke 54(6): 1665-1669, June 2023.

KJ Waddell, K Goel, S Park, K Linn, AS Navathe, JM Liao, C McDonald, C Reitz, J Moore, Hyland S, Mehta S: Association of Electronic Self-Scheduling and Screening Mammography Completion Among Primary Care Patients. 2023 Annual Research Meeting June 2023.

KJ Waddell, MS Patel, JR Wilkinson, RE Burke, DM Bravata, S Koganti, S Wood, JF Morley: Deploying Digital Health Technologies for Remote Physical Activity Monitoring of Rural Populations with Chronic Neurologic Disease. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation 5(1), Mar 2023.

KJ Waddell, M Patel, J Wilkinson, S Koganti, S Wood, JF Morley: Remote Physical Activity Monitoring Programs for Veterans with Parkinson's Disease. Movement Disorders 37: S358-S359, Sep 2022.

SR Greysen, KJ Waddell, MS Patel: Exploring Wearables to Focus on the "Sweet Spot" of Physical Activity and Sleep After Hospitalization: Secondary Analysis. JMIR mHealth and uHealth 10(4), April 2022.

KJ Waddell, MS Patel, K Clark, SR Greysen: Leveraging Insights from Behavioral Economics to Increase Mobility Post-Stroke: Results of the BE Mobile Clinical Trial Annals of Behavioral Medicine 56(Supp 1): S386, April 2022.

Barth J, Waddell KJ, Bland MD, Lang CE.: Accuracy of an Algorithm in Predicting Upper Limb Functional Capacity in a United States Population. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 103: 44-51, Jan 2022.

Waddell KJ, Changolkar S, Szwartz G, Godby S, Patel MS.: Association of Behavioral Phenotypes With Changes in Sleep During a Workplace Wellness Program. Am J Health Promot 35: 1061-70, Nov 2021.

Waddell KJ, Volpp KG, Chokshi NP, Small DS, Russell LB, Reale C, Patel MS.: Association of COVID-19 Outbreak with Changes in Physical Activity Among Adults with Elevated Risk for Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events. J Gen Intern Med 36(11): 3625-28, Nov 2021.

Lang CE, Waddell KJ, Barth J, Holleran CL, Strube MJ, Bland MD.: Upper Limb Performance in Daily Life Approaches Plateau Around Three to Six Weeks Post-stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 31: 903-914, Oct 2021.

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Last updated: 10/25/2023
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