Alumnus Earns PT Fellowship
Alumnus Earns PT Fellowship

Danny Young

Danny Young, PT, PhD, DPT’02, has been awarded a prestigious faculty fellowship with the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR).

Young is an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is working on the part-time fellowship with his mentor, Alan Jette, PhD, from Boston University, on acute hospital physical therapy outcomes research through December 2017. CoHSTAR is a first-of-its-kind center of excellence designed for training physical therapists to conduct health services research to inform health policy and improve the quality of care.

With financial and mentored support from CoHSTAR, Young is serving as a visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

“I am helping to develop tools that measure patient activity. The tools will  help care providers and administrators identify the impact of rehabilitation services, identify patients who would benefit from rehabilitation services, and identify patients who are at risk for harm without rehabilitation services,” Young said of his research.

“In addition to gaining skill in developing outcome measurement tools and the practical use of those measurements in care pathways, I am gaining valuable mentoring on building research teams, fostering strong relationships within those research teams, prioritizing research questions and projects, and creating a pathway to independent funding in rehabilitation research.”

Jennifer Furze, DPT’98, vice chair and associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, said Creighton is proud of Young’s accomplishments and looks forward to seeing his achievements grow and influence the physical therapy field.

“As an alumnus he continues to embrace and put into action the Creighton University mission, particularly as it relates to innovation and striving for excellence,” Furze said. “During this faculty fellowship, he has the opportunity to collaborate with one of the most well-known physical therapy researchers in health services research in the country.”

CoHSTAR is a multi-institutional center dedicated to advancing health services and health policy research in physical therapy. CoHSTAR builds upon the health services research and training infrastructure of its collaborating institutions: Boston University, Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh. CoHSTAR offers fellowships, hosts visiting scientists and provides special summer training sessions. The center also funds pilot studies each year from investigators inside and outside the program. It is funded by the Foundation of Physical Therapy.