Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Epidemiology & Public Health
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 is also the director of The ENhancing Rehabilitation to Improve Community Health (ENRICH) lab, which aims to reduce participation and mobility inequities among older adults.
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 federal, foundation, and instituional funds. Dr. Falvey is the second physical therapist ever to be awarded a $1.1 million Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders in Aging Career Developement Award (K76) from the National Institute on Aging,which supports a large scale initiative focused on understanding and address neighborhood-level barriers to community mobility among older adults recovering from fall-related traumatic injuries like hip fracture. He uses both quantitative epidemiological and health services research methods, qualitative methods, and community-participatory approaches to address research questions important to the Baltimore community and more broadly older adults and their caregivers.
Dr. Falvey is also the co-principal investigator with Dr. Jasmine Travers (NYU) on a 2 year, $150,000 grant from the The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation to evaluate neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and the resultant impact on nursing home staffing and resident outcomes. Dr. Falvey is also a co-investigator on a study funded by the NIH NHLBI evaluating care transitions and outcomes for older survivors of myocardial infarction (PI Dr. Sarwat Chaudhry, Yale).
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. He is 1 of 13 appointed members of the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, and is a standing member of the Post-Acute Care Workgroup. Dr. Falvey is also on the Examination Developmenet Committee for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Locally, Dr. Falvey is a member of the Transporation CORE of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, providing input on public transporation infrastructure and accessibility specific to the needs of older adults.
Rehabilitation epidemiology, rehabilitation health services research, home health care, disability, older adults
Falvey JR, Hajduk AM, Keys CR, Chaudhry SI. Association of Financial Strain With Mortality Among Older US Adults Recovering From an Acute Myocardial Infarction. JAMA Intern Med. 2022;182(4):445–448. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.8569
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, Zang EX, Murphy TE, Leo-Summers L, Gahbauer EA, Festa N, Falvey JR, Han L. Association Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Functional Well-being in Community-Living Older Persons. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Oct 1;181(10):1297-1304. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.4260.
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).
Falvey, JR, Bade, MJ, Forster, JE, & Stevens-Lapsley, JE. Poor Recovery of Activities-of-Daily-Living Function Is Associated With Higher Rates of Postsurgical Hospitalization After Total Joint Arthroplasty. Physical Therapy (in press, 2021).
Rehabilitation health services research, rehabiliation epidemiology, healthcare disparities,, older adults, community engaged research
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
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
2022 New Investigator Award, Health and Aging Foundation/American Geriatrics Society
2022 Jack Walker Award, American Physical Therapy Association
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