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Pam Roberts, PhD

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Pam Roberts, PhD

Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Pam Roberts, PhD, is the executive director of Academic and Physician Informatics and professor and executive director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the senior director of Quality, Outcomes and Research at California Rehabilitation Institute. She has served in various roles involving operations, quality, education, and research in which she utilized data models to systematically impact patient care throughout the continuum. She is the co-director of the Division of Informatics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and associate director of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship program. In these endeavors, she seeks to advance the development and use of information technology for discovery, education, decision-making, research, health care delivery and individual academic growth, as well as to catalyze inquiry and discovery across the Cedars-Sinai enterprise. She also teaches at the University of Southern California and guest lectures at other local universities. She is involved in the National Quality Forum in facilitating development of quality measures and All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Steering Committee. Other involvement includes: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as President Elect, Past Chair of the Program Committee and the Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Council of Occupational Therapy Education ACOTE chair, past chair of the California Hospital Association Center for Medical Rehabilitation Services, and past member of the California Hospital Association Board of Trustees and Post-Acute Care board. Dr. Roberts has served as PI and Co-PI on a variety of research projects and provided a workshops and consultations on rehabilitation, quality management, informatics and health services research topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her published research focuses on utilization of large data to influence treatment models & outcomes.

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  • Master's: California State University, Northridge, 1994
  • Doctorate: Touro University, 2007
  • Certified Professional Healthcare Quality
  • Distinguished Public Policy Fellow, National Academies of Practice
  • Fellow, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Specialty Certification in Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Lindy Boggs Health Care Advocacy Award, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Associate Editor: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Journal

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  • Roberts PS, DiVita MA, Riggs RV, Niewczyk P, Bergquist B, Granger CV. Risk factors for discharge to an acute care hospital from inpatient rehabilitation among stroke patients. PM R. 2014 Jan;6(1):50-55.
  • Roberts PS, Rizzo JR, Hreha K, Wertheimer J, Kaldenberg J, Hironaka D, Riggs R, Colenbrander A. A conceptual model for vision rehabilitation. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):693-704.
  • Roberts PS, Nuño M, Sherman D, Asher A, Wertheimer J, Riggs RV, Patil CG. The impact of inpatient rehabilitation on function and survival of newly diagnosed patients with glioblastoma. PM R. 2014 Jun;6(6):514-521.
  • Roberts PS, Robinson MR. Occupational therapy's role in preventing acute readmissions. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 May-Jun;68(3):254-259.
  • Riggs R, Roberts P. Initiatives toward creating a true value equation for brain injury. Brain Injury/Professional. The Official Publication of the North American Brain Injury Society. 2015;12(2):22-24.
  • Roberts PS, Mix J, Rupp K, Younan C, Mui W, Riggs RV, Niewczyk P. Using Functional Status in the Acute Hospital to Predict Discharge Destination for Stroke Patients. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Jun;95(6):416-424.
  • Roberts PS, Mix J, Rupp K, Younan C, Mui W, Riggs RV, and Niewczyk P. (2016). Using Functional Status in the Acute Hospital to Predict Discharge Destination for Stroke Patients. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol 95 (6): 416-424.

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