Ryan Walsh, MSOT, OTR/L

PhD student

Year of entry

2019

Mentors

Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH

Current research interests

Neurorehabilitation, dissemination and implementation, technology, patient engagement, geriatrics

Prior education

2018: MS in occupational therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
2016: MA in curriculum and instruction, University of Mississippi
2011: BA in history, University of South Florida

Background

Ryan practiced in a ManorCare skilled nursing facility and worked as a research assistant at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in the Chicago area prior to pursuing a PhD. He has clinical and research interests in neurorehabilitation, mobile health, dissemination and implementation, patient engagement interventions, and geriatrics.

Reason for entering PhD program

Ryan developed an interest in participation science during his occupational therapy clinical training. He pursues two primary areas of research. His first area of research focuses on how individuals with disabilities use technology and how rehabilitation practitioners may use technology to enhance rehabilitation. His second area of research focuses on developing pragmatic patient engagement interventions and understanding patient-clinician interaction in rehabilitation. His long-term goal is to contribute to the design and implementation of mobile health and patient engagement interventions.

Presentations

Walsh, R., Baum, C., & Wong, A. Predictors of mobile phone ownership among post-stroke community-dwelling older adults: Implications for future mobile health in rehabilitation. Oral presentation accepted to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Walsh, R., Papadimitriou, C., Hansen, P., Barco, P., McKay, V., Lenze, E., Lee, Y., Jones, K., Heinemann, A., & Wong, A. Understanding patient engagement in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and therapists’ use of communicative and relational strategies. Poster presentation accepted to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Walsh, R., Yahata, A., Fisher, G., & Leland, N. Demonstrating occupational therapy’s value in bundled payment models for total joint arthroplasty episodes: A scoping review and recommendations. Oral presentation accepted to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 2020 Annual Conference.

Walsh, R., McKay, V., Barco, P., Hansen, P., Jones, K., Lee, Y., & Wong, A. (2019, December). Implementing enhanced medical rehabilitation in spinal cord injury rehabilitation: Adaptations from a community advisory board and research team collaboration. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination & Implementation in Health, Arlington, VA, USA.

Walsh, R., Yahata, A., Fisher, G., & Leland, N. (2019, November). Bundled payment for total joint arthroplasties and post-acute care utilization: A scoping review. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

Walsh, R., Baum, C., & Wong, A. (2019, November). Use of mobile devices and mHealth services among community-dwelling post-stroke smartphone users and non-users. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

Wong, A. W. K., Hansen, P., Barco, P., Walsh, R., Lee, Y., & Lenze, E. (2019, November). Implementation and adaptation of Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation: Intervention to optimize patient engagement and outcomes. Symposium presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.

Walsh, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C. (2019, October). Everyday technology use among older adults with cognitive impairments: Assessment and intervention approaches. Workshop presented at the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Walsh, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C., Drasga, R., Shapnick, H., Kottorp, A. (2019, May). Associations between everyday technology use and health-related quality of life among urban older adults in the United States. Oral presentation at the International Symposium for Digital Health 2019 in Hong Kong SAR, China.

Walsh, R., Baum, C., & Wong, A. (2019, May). Attitudes towards mHealth among community-dwelling post-stroke smartphone users and non-users: Implications for the United States. Oral presentation at the International Symposium for Digital Health 2019 in Hong Kong SAR, China.

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Walsh, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C., Drasga, R., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2019, April). Disability risk and everyday technology use among older adults in an urban area. Poster presented at the AOTA 2019 Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Walsh, R., Fisher, G., Leland, N., & Wong, A. W. K. (2019, February). Occupational therapy’s role in health services research: What, why, and how? Invited guest lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Occupational Therapy, Chicago, IL.

Lee, J., Leggett, C., & Walsh, R. (2018, December). Functional cognition and everyday technology use. Invited guest lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Occupational Therapy, Chicago, IL

Walsh, R., Lee, J., Kaptain, R. J., Helle, T., Malinowsky, C., Nygård, L., & Kottorp, A. (2018, October). Validation of a tool measuring everyday technology use among older adults in three countries. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2018 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Walsh, R. (2018, September). Collaborative knowledge translation and the Illinois occupational therapy community: Developing the Rehabilitation Measures Database. Poster presented at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Lisle/Naperville, IL.

Lee, J., Walsh, R., Leggett, C., Drasga, R., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2018, May). Everyday technology use among older people in urban contexts: A comparative study between the United States and Sweden. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2018 Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Lee, J., Walsh, R., Leggett, C., Drasga, R., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2018, May). The role of everyday technology (ET) and engagement in activities onto perceived health among older people in urban communities. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2018 Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Walsh, R., Drasga, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2018, April). Can the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire predict overall functional level among older adults in an urban context?: A pilot study. Poster presented at the AOTA 2018 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Lee, J., Walsh, R., Drasga, R., Leggett, C., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2018, April). The role of everyday technology use and engagement in activities onto perceived health among older people in urban communities. Poster presented at the AOTA 2018 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Walsh, R., Drasga, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2017, November). Addressing the use of everyday technology among older adults with and without functional limitations. Oral presentation at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association 2017 Conference, Bloomington/Normal, IL.

Drasga, R., Leggett, C., & Walsh, R. (2017, November). Effects of physical agent modalities on wound healing. Poster presented at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association’s 2017 Conference, Bloomington/Normal, IL.

Kottorp, A., Lee, J., Drasga, R., Leggett, C., & Walsh R. (2017, March). mHealth – A solution for all? Oral presentation at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Occupational Therapy’s Scholarship of Practice Day, Chicago, IL.

 

Publications

Walsh, R. J., Lee, J., Drasga, R. M., Leggett, C. S., Shapnick, H. M., & Kottorp, A. B. (2019). Everyday technology use and overall needed assistance in the home and community among urban older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464819878620

Early, A., Walsh, R., & Douglas, B. (2019). The occupational therapist’s role in health promotion, injury prevention, and role participation for the older worker. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 63(2), 309-318. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-192924

Walsh, R.,
Lee, J., & Leggett.C. (2019). Everyday technology use, occupation-based assessment, and functional cognition in older adults post-stroke. OT Practice, 24(4), 20-23.

Walsh, R., Drasga, R., Lee, J., Leggett, C., Shapnick, H., & Kottorp, A. (2018). Activity engagement and everyday technology use among older adults in an urban area. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7204195040. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.031443

Brew, S., Langan, E., Link-Dudek, A., Walsh, R., & Ehrlich-Jones, L. (2018). Measurement characteristics and clinical utility of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory in children with cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(6), 1251-1252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.02.006

Awards and honors

2019: McDonnell International Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis
2019: LSVT Small Student Grant, LSVT Corporation
2018: Best Use of Library Research Resources Graduate Student Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
2018: President’s Research in Diversity Travel Assistance Award, University of Illinois System
2018: Barbara Loomis Scholarship in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
2018: Chancellor’s Student Service Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
2017: Student of the Year Award, Illinois Occupational Therapy Association

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