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Tonya Rich

Tonya Rich, PhD

Research Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation & Engineering Center for Optimizing Veteran Engagement & Reintegration (RECOVER), Minneapolis VA
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Service Division, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Minnesota
BS University of North Dakota; MA Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; PhD University of Minnesota
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I am a Research Occupational Therapist at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and the Minneapolis Adaptive Design & Engineering (MADE) program. My 20+ years of clinical experience drives my motivation to investigate novel technologies that can support individuals with disabilities across the lifespan and enhance rehabilitation outcomes. My research focus is on Veterans with limb loss who experience post-amputation pain. To accomplish my research objectives, we will pair feedback from expert clinicians on current best evidenced based practices and Veteran end-users in the design of novel technologies. Taken together, this work will guide the development of practical, novel technologies and rehabilitation interventions. This research plays a key role in fulfilling our commitment to optimizing care for Veterans with limb loss and facilitating greater participation in life and in the community.
Full bibliography on PubMed
VA Research Topics
Rehabilitative Medicine; Pain
MeSH Key Words
Phantom Limb; Pain Measurement; Amputation; Rehabilitation
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