Dr. Jennifer Piatt, an assistant professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, has been accepted into the Clinical Research section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Loan Repayment Program. According to the NIH, “the loan repayment programs are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.”
[Photo: Dr. Jennifer Piatt]
Dr. Piatt, who teaches courses in the school’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, coordinates the Recreational Therapy Graduate Program. She has worked in the healthcare field as a recreational therapist for more than 18 years in acute mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, Paralympic sport clubs, and community-based rehabilitation. Piatt’s research is focused in the area of mobility impairments, primarily spinal cord injury and participation as defined by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.
Those in the Clinical Research loan repayment program work on research involving direct interaction with patients in an outpatient or inpatient setting to explain a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes or health services research, or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.
Dr. Piatt earned a PhD from the University of Utah, and holds a master’s degree from California State University, Chico. She has delivered more than 70 presentations, has published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Archives in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and secured more than $200,000 in grant funds to examine recreational therapy interventions.