• Dr. Capo-Lugo's research focuses on identifying and optimizing processes of care associated with rehabilitation in order to promote long-term patient recovery. Specifically, Dr. Capo-Lugo is interested in developing patient-centered approaches to rehabilitation that provide continuity of care between acute rehabilitation and long-term community recovery for individuals with acquired neurological disabilities. Throughout her career, Dr. Capó-Lugo has focused her research endeavors on individuals post-stroke. Currently, she is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Johns Hopkins University working in the Activity and Mobility Promotion (AMP) program. AMP is an inter-professional effort aimed at supporting hospitals and healthcare providers who want to change the culture of patient mobility. At AMP, we develop tools as well as design and implement structured quality improvement processes to successfully increase patient activity and mobility.
    Also, Dr. Capo-Lugo is working on the use of an African-rooted art form as a tool to enhance wellness within communities color with chronic health conditions living in Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Effects of different types of augmented feedback on intrinsic motivation and walking speed performance in post-stroke: A study protocolContemporary Clinical Trials Communications.  24. 2021
    2021 A comparative approach to quantifying provision of acute therapy servicesMedicine.  100:e27377. 2021
    2021 Injustice Through Cultural Lens: A Pilot Qualitative Exploration of Pain-Related Injustice Appraisals Among Arab-Americans with Chronic Low Back PainJournal of Pain2021
    2020 Trade-Offs in Quality-of-Life Assessment Between the Modified Rankin Scale and Neuro-QoL MeasuresValue in Health.  23:1366-1372. 2020
    2020 Differential Effects of Time to Initiation of Therapy on Disability and Quality of Life in Patients With Mild and Moderate to Severe Ischemic StrokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  101:1515-1522.e1. 2020
    2020 Using a Survey to Characterize Rehabilitation Professionals' Perceptions and Use of Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative MedicineJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  26:663-665. 2020
    2020 Longer Time Before Acute Rehabilitation Therapy Worsens Disability After Intracerebral HemorrhageArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  101:870-876. 2020
    2020 Association between ambulatory status and call bell use in hospitalized patients—A retrospective cohort studyJournal of Nursing Management.  28:54-62. 2020
    2019 Selecting the best measure for hospital-acquired deconditioningJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine.  51:875-878. 2019
    2019 Patients with Greater Stroke Severity and Premorbid Disability Are Less Likely to Receive Therapist Consultations and Intervention during Acute Care HospitalizationPhysical Therapy.  99:1431-1442. 2019
    2019 Classification of Mild Stroke: A Mapping Review 2019
    2019 Measuring Self-Reported Physical Function in Individuals with TBI: Development of the TBI-QOL Mobility and Upper Extremity Item Banks and Short FormsJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.  34:340-352. 2019
    2017 Data Sharing and Data Registries in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017
    2015 Effect of progressive horizontal resistive force on the comfortable walking speed of individuals post-stroke.Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.  12:12. 2015
    2015 Characteristics of horizontal force generation for individuals post-stroke walking against progressive resistive forcesClinical Biomechanics.  30:40-45. 2015
    2015 Effect of progressive horizontal resistive force on the comfortable walking speed of individuals post-strokeJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.  12. 2015
    2014 Biomechanical deficiencies in women with semitendinosus-gracilis anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction during drop jumps 2014
    2012 Maximum walking speeds obtained using treadmill and overground robot system in persons with post-stroke hemiplegiaJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.  9. 2012


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    2018 Health self-management.  345-358. 2018

    Research Overview

  • Rehabilitation
    Health Services Research
    Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
    In-hospital mobility
    Complimentary and Integrative Medicine
    Stroke (neurorehabilitation)
  • Education And Training

  • Northwestern University Center for Education in Health Sciences, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, Northwestern University 2014
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in General Studies, University of Puerto Rico 2009
  • Master of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy / Therapist, University of Puerto Rico 2006
  • Full Name

  • Carmen Capo-Lugo