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MON 23 OCT // PART 1: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM // PART 2: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Cross-Cutting

This workshop based course will introduce interdisciplinary research collaboration as a skill that can be learned and will provide structured opportunities to practice relevant skills, such as active listening and strengths-based leadership. Participants will complete their own Gallup Strength Finder assessments, be introduced to the theory and research underlying strengths-based leadership and begin applying this knowledge and skill base during directed breakout sessions. Sessions will be facilitated by moderators and focus upon presenter and attendee ideas within four distinct phases of innovation – idea generation, needs assessment, research project execution and translation to clinical practice/commercialization.


  1. Describe the challenges associated with building an effective and successful interdisciplinary team, while bridging the clinical, technical, academic and research environments within rehabilitation research
  2. Define what the Gallup Strength Finder assessment is and how it can be applied when building or working in interdisciplinary teams
  3. Describe their strengths, as well as those of team members, and have an understanding of how these strengths manifest themselves and can be capitalized upon in team dynamics


Megan Mitchell, PhD
Overland Park, KS

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS
The Ohio State University

Amy Barnes, EdD
The Ohio State University


Megan Mitchell (Damcott)

Megan Mitchell received her PhD in biomedical engineering from the joint program at New Jersey Institute of Technology/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Kessler Foundation in 2013. Dr. Mitchell is currently the Chair of ACRM’s Early Career Networking Group, co-Chair of ACRM’s Technology Networking Group and a Member-at-Large on ACRM’s Board of Governors. Dr. Mitchell’s research interests focus upon biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering, with a passion and interest in clinical interventions impacting bone and muscle health in immobilized populations. Dr. Mitchell’s research has encompassed pediatrics and adults. Her experience has brought her collaboration on interdisciplinary teams within the clinical, research and academic environments.


Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS is a Research Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation within The Ohio State University’s Neurological Institute and is the Associate Director of the Motion Analysis and Recovery Biomechanics Laboratory (MARBL). A biomechanist and former professional dancer, she bridges the art, math, and science of movement in order to integrate the creative arts with rehabilitation science. In 2015, she was named a Health Care Hero of central Ohio in the area of Innovation and, in 2016, was awarded the prestigious Early Career Innovator Award by The Ohio State University. She collaborates with popular thought leaders such as Dr. Jane McGonigal, commercialized the Agile Arts program which creates abstract graphic art from physical therapy movement practice, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Amy Barnes is a faculty member at the Ohio State University in the College of Education and Human Ecology, and is coordinator of undergraduate leadership and service-learning courses for the Educational Studies department. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership development, group dynamics, case analysis, and intercultural leadership. Her research and teaching interests include critical pedagogy, the intersection of social justice and leadership education, positive psychology, and intercultural leadership. She is co-author of “The Innovative Leadership Workbook for College Students” and “Leadership Theory: Facilitators’ Guide”. She received her doctorate and her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and her master’s degree from Ohio State.


ACRM Annual ConferenceProgress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR#2017)

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