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ACRM Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation - IMAGE


Congratulations to Candice Osborne, PhD, MPH, OTR recipient of the 2021 ACRM Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation. This award lectureship recognizes professionals who demonstrate drive and commitment to furthering rehabilitation research in the area of post-stroke care, measurement, and/or stroke patient outcomes.

Dr. Osborne will present her award lecture, Using Problem Solving Training to Support the Transition From Hospital to Home After Stroke, at the ACRM 2021 VIRTUAL Annual Conference. This lecture summarizes the current literature regarding self-management programs designed to support the transition home after stroke and discusses the results of her recent studies examining the feasibility of implementing a PST intervention during the IRU for patients with stroke and their care-partners.



As a research-trained PhD occupational therapist with a Masters of Public Health, Dr. Osborne’s research and clinical expertise lie in the area of functional independence, self-management and community reintegration after stroke. Patients who experience a sudden-onset condition, such as stroke, undergo abrupt life-altering changes, an experience that often requires learning new knowledge, roles, routines and new ways to navigate the environment usually in a short period of time.

Her research addresses aspects of this transition, specifically focusing on:

  1. implementation and efficacy of a self-management meta-cognitive strategy intervention in both patients and caregivers
  2. the use of mobile technology to support long-term self-management after stroke
  3. understanding the needs of patients with stroke and their caregivers during the transition from hospital to home.

As a Post-Doctoral fellow and now an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R at UT Southwestern, Dr. Osborne has had the unique opportunity to combine her research knowledge base, clinical expertise, and understanding of global healthcare with her passion to improve the care of patients with stroke.