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Webinar Information

Building a big data analysis research portfolio during a global pandemic (RIPPT third webinar)


ACAPT's Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in ACAPT. Individual members of ACAPT member institutions can join RIPPT for free.

The RIPPT seminar series is a monthly research-focused webinar that provides an interactive forum on topics of interest to the community of researchers in physical therapy and rehabilitation related fields.

This April 2021 60-minute recorded seminar comes to you as a conversation with Dr. Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L on how she was able to develop expertise in big data analytics methods and how she was able to sustain her productivity during a global pandemic. David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, interviews Dr. Liew as she presents and shares her perspectives on:

  • How does a clinically-based researcher develop and acquire the skills to become expert in big data analytics?
  • What are the advantages of focusing on large open-source datasets during a global pandemic?
  • How can individuals and/or departments build a successful big data analysis research portfolio?

The formal interview is followed by a discussion amongst participants.

Target Audience: Faculty, post-docs, program directors/chairs, PhD students, and others interested in mentorship and building research capacity.

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Resources from the webinar:

Learning Objectives: The participant will reflect and identify:

  • Ways to acquire training and resources for development of skills.
  • Strategies to strengthen a Big Data Analytics research portfolio.
  • A plan for identifying research questions and open-source datasets that are especially ideal for grant applications targeting Big Data Analysis

Fee: Free



    • Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor; Director, Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory Co-Director, USC SMART-VR Center; Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurology; USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute; University of Southern California
    • David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor; Senior Vice President and Dean; George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor; School of Health Professions; The University of Texas Medical Branch


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