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
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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

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.

Waddell KJ, Patel MS, Clark K, Harrington TO, Greysen SR.: Leveraging insights from behavioral economics to improve mobility for adults with stroke: Design and rationale of the BE Mobile clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials 107: 106483, Aug 2021.

Anish K Agarwal, Kimberly J Waddell, Dylan S Small, Chalanda Evans, Tory O Harrington, Rachel Djaraher, Ai Leen Oon, Mitesh S Patel : Effect of Gamification With and Without Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity Among Veterans Classified as Having Obesity or Overweight: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Open Network 4(7): e2116256, Jul 2021.

Waddell KJ.: Critically appraised paper: Upper limb post-stroke telerehabilitation is not inferior to in-clinic rehabilitation [commentary] J Physiother 66(3): 198, Jul 2020.

Waddell KJ, Shah PD, Adusumalli S, Patel MS.: Using Behavioral Economics and Technology to Improve Outcomes in Cardio-Oncology. JACC CardioOncol 2: 84-96, Mar 2020.

Waddell KJ, Wood S, Koganti S, Morley JR.: Remote monitoring of physical activity in Veterans with Parkinson's Disease. International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society Annual Meeting 2020.

Waddell KJ, Strube MJ, Tabak RG, Haire-Joshu D, Lang CE.: Upper Limb Performance in Daily Life Improves Over the First 12 Weeks Poststroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 33(10): 836-47, 2019.

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Last updated: 12/12/2022
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