Jean (Ching-Hui) Hsieh, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Post-Acute Studies at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, DC. She is in process for an adjunct faculty appointment as Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Hsieh's previous experience on the faculty of the School of Occupational Therapy, National Cheng Kung University, and as an adjunct occupational therapist in the school's affiliated teaching hospital in Taiwan have provided her with an understanding of the patient's role and needs in the rehabilitation process. Her experience in all aspects of clinical studies, including study design, research operations, liaison between research and clinical staff, data analysis, interpretation of study findings, and preparation of manuscripts for publications and presentations, enables her to bridge the gaps among research, knowledge translation, and clinical practice.

In addition to her diverse training and background in clinical care, academia, and curriculum development, Dr. Hsieh is an expert in quantitative methods, such as descriptive data analysis, multiple regression, survey design, and statistics for psychosocial research, including measurement and structural models. She has expertise in STATA, SPSS, SAS, and MPlus software.

Dr. Hsieh is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; the American Public Health Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Occupational Therapy Association of Taiwan. She serves as a reviewer for the Disability and Rehabilitationand Disability and Health journals and as a research proposal reviewer for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Physical Therapy, The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Hsieh regularly presents her work at professional meetings, on topics ranging from physical therapy to rehabilitation outcomes after stroke, knee, spinal cord, and traumatic brain injury.

After her training in Taiwan, Dr. Hsieh received her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in Boston and her PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Research Interests

Dr. Hsieh's research interests include

Health services research/healthcare deliveryPost-acute services/rehabilitationSpinal cord injuryOrthopedic rehabilitation

Selected Research

Dr. Hsieh serves as an investigator on Black-White Disparities in Stroke Rehabilitation, a prospective observational cohort study, funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. This study focuses on the differences in stroke rehabilitation processes and outcomes among black and white stroke survivors and will determine how rehabilitation treatment can be optimized for both groups. This study will use the comprehensive stroke rehabilitation database from the Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Outcomes Project (2001-2003), which contains detailed patient, intervention, and outcomes data.

Dr. Hsieh previously served as Project Manager on the JOINTS Study -- Joint Replacement Outcomes in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) and Nursing Treatment Sites. This observational study investigated the characteristics of joint replacement patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) vs. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and compared interventions, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness between the two kinds of sites. While IRF patients had somewhat better outcomes than did patients treated at SNFs, other factors affected outcomes. Earlier and more intense rehabilitation was associated with better outcomes, as were medium-volume facilities.

View Dr. Hsieh's publications on PubMed

Research Areas

  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes
    Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation