Tamra chose the IHP's PhD program because of its interdisciplinary focus and the flexibility to choose a non-traditional dissertation project. She is a cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapist who practices clinically in an acute-care setting. 

BS, Exercise Science, Saint Louis University
DPT, Saint Louis University
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests

Dissertation work used a national data set and focused on functional outcomes in late life for persons with cardiovascular disease; using a variety of methods to investigate how function changes over time, the impact of function and frailty on hospital readmissions, and the role of social factors on function in late life.  


Keeney T., Jette AM., Freedman VA. and Cabral H. Racial Differences in Patterns of Use of Rehabilitation Services for Adults Aged 65 and Older. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65:2707–2712. doi:10.1111/jgs.15136

Joseph SM., Manghelli JL., Vader JM., Keeney T., Novak EL., Felius J., Martinez SC., Nassif ME., Lima B., Silvestry SC., Rich MW. Prospective Assessment of Frailty Using the Fried Criteria in Patients Undergoing Left Ventricular Assist Device Therapy. Am J Cardiol. 2017;120(8):1349-1354. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2017.01.074

Levenhagen KM., Keeney T. Achieving a National Patient Safety Goal: Reducing the Risk of Health Care – Associated Therapy Practice. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 2015;6(3), 79-86. doi:10.1097/JAT.0000000000000020

Keeney T & Jette AM, (August 2018): Individual and Environmental Determinants of Late-Life Community Disability for Persons Aging with Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Keeney T, Slavin M, Kisala P, Pengsheng N, Heinemann AW, Charlifue S, Fyffe DC, Marino RJ, Morse LR, Worobey LA, Tate D, Rosenblum D, Zafonte DO, Tulsky D & Jette AM. (March 2018). Sensitivity of the SCI-FI/AT in Individuals With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Keeney T, Jette A, Freedman V & Cabral H. (November 2017). Racial Differences in Patterns of Use of Rehabilitation Services for Adults Aged 65 and Older. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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