Thelma J. Mielenz

Columbia University, USA


Thelma J. Mielenz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has her Ph.D. degree in epidemiology, and she is a board-certified orthopeadic physical therapist. She completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She spearheaded a study developing an assessment tool, Outpatient Physical Therapy Improvement in Movement Assessment Log (OPTIMAL), with the American Physical Therapy Association during her predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Medicare currently recommends using OPTIMAL as a physical functioning measure. Dr. Mielenz participated in all aspects of two large CDC community-based randomized trials evaluating physical activity programs in adults with arthritis as a coinvestigator. She was the Principal Investigator of two foundation grants using item response theory on commonly used patient-reported outcomes for musculoskeletal disorders. She has taught extensively at UNC-CH in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health and the Division of Physical Therapy. Her teaching experience includes functional assessment, clinical epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, and applied biostatistics to health practitioners.

Biography Updated on 1 December 2009

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