Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Epidemiology & Public Health
Education and Training
Dual B.S, English and Kinesiology, Husson University, Bangor, Maine (2008)
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Husson University, Bangor, Maine (2010)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO (2018)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology of Aging, Yale School of Medicine (2018-2020)
Dr. Falvey is a board-certified geriatric physical therapist with over 10 years of combined clinical and research experience working with older adults across the continuum of care. 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 research has evaluated the utilization and outcomes of home and community-based rehabilitation across a wide variety of older adult populations with new disability, including orthopedic conditions, critical illness, and dementia. He has also published multiple original reports on rehabilitation utilization and outcomes within socioeconomically disadvantaged older adult populations in the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly. More recently, he has started a line of research evaluating the impact of neighborhood factors (socioeconomic disadvantage and rural status) on outcomes for older adults using post-acute and long-term care after disabling hospitalizations, including those for critical illness, myocardial infarction, and fall related trauma.
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.
Rehabilitation epidemiology, rehabilitation health services research, home health care, disability, older adults
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. (in press; 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, Murphy, TE, Gill, TM, Stevens-Lapsley, JE & Ferrante, LE. Home Health Rehabilitation Utilization Among Medicare Beneficiaries Following Critical Illness. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2020 (in press).
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, Burke, RE, Jennings, JM, Nuccio, E, & Stevens-Lapsley, JE. Utilization of Home-Health Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery in Medicare Beneficiaries Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2018 Oct 17;100(20):1728-1734. PMID: 3033488
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
Active Grants as a Principal Investigator:
“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