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Jason R. Falvey, DPT, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Secondary Appointment(s):

Epidemiology & Public Health


AHRB, 240D

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-0787

Education and Training

Dual B.S, English and Kinesiology, Husson University, Bangor, Maine 

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Husson University, Bangor, Maine 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology of Aging, Yale School of Medicine


Dr. Falvey is a board-certified geriatric physical therapist and clinician-scientist dedicated to improving aging in place for older adults living with new disability.  Dr. Falvey received a dual bachelors degree in English Literature and Kinesiology and his DPT degree from Husson University in his home state of Maine, a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology of Aging at the Yale School of Medicine. 

Dr. Falvey’s published scholarship and grant funding has focused on improving functional outcomes and quality of life for older adults recovering from disabling hospitalizations, such as those for orthopedic surgery, critical illness, or hip fracture. This work is currently supported by a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders in Aging Career Developement Award (K76) from the National Institute on Aging, a Donaghue Foundation grant, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. 

Dr. Falvey also is an active member of the APTA, and serves on multiple committees evaluating how to demonstrate value of post-acute rehabilitation care on patient outcomes following acute hospitalization. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Rehabilitation epidemiology, rehabilitation health services research, home health care, disability, older adults

Highlighted Publications

Falvey, JR, Murphy, TE, Leo-Summers, L, Gill, TM, and Ferrante, LE. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Disability after Critical Illness. (Critical Care Medicine, 2021).

Falvey, JR, Cohen, AB, O’Leary, JO, Leo-Summers, L, Murphy, TE, & Ferrante, LE. Associations of Social Isolation with Disability Burden and 1-year Mortality among Critically Ill Older Adults. (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2021).

Gill, TM; Zhang, EX; Murphy, TE; Leo-Summers, L, Gahbauer, E, Festa, N; Falvey, JR; & Han, L. Neighborhood Disadvantage and Active, Disabled and Total Life Expectancy Among Community-living Older Persons. (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2021).

McGarry, B & Falvey, JR. Addressing Unmet Adaptive Equipment Needs through Primary Care [invited commentary]. JAMA Internal Medicine. Published online March 22, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.0398.

Falvey, JR, Krafft, C, & Kornetti, D. The Essential Role of Home and Community-Based Physical Therapists During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Physical Therapy, Apr 2020 (in press).




Additional Publication Citations

Research Interests

Rehabilitation health services research, rehabiliation epidemiology, healthcare disparities,, older adults, community engaged research

Clinical Specialty Details

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties 

Awards and Affiliations

2019    Dorothy Brigs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, American Physical Therapy Association, awarded for best student-authored manuscript in Physical Therapy

2020    Rose Excellence in Research Award, Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, awarded for best publication on orthopedic physical therapy

2020    President’s Award, American Physical Therapy Association Home Health Section, awarded for exemplary service and leadership

Grants and Contracts

Active Grants as a Principal Investigator: 

The ENRICH Study: Engaging Community and Municipal Stakeholders to Improve High Quality Aging in Place after Hip Fracture, NIH/NIA K76AG074926 (Beeson Emerging Leaders in Aging Award)

“Impact of Rehabilitation on Functional Recovery and Readmissions for Older Intensive Care Unit Survivors”; Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, Pipeline to HSR Award

“Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Nursing Home  Outcomes”; Donaghue Foundation, Another Look Award



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