Community Health Rehabilitation Research Lab




The Community Health Rehabilitation Research Laboratory (CHRRL) is directed by Dr. Stephanie Silveira. Our research program focuses on developing ecologically valid, evidence-based health behavior change interventions that are appropriate for improving clinically-relevant outcomes across the lifespan and in chronically-disabling disorders, like multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life for individuals across the lifespan and in those living with chronic neurological conditions and mobility impairments through engaging in practical and enjoyable health behaviors. Our lab further focuses on engaging graduate students in all aspects of the research, thus providing pre-professional students with practical work experience through exposure to clinical populations and exercise-based medicine in order to benefit the larger community.


Feasibility and Initial Efficacy of a Wheelchair Exercise-training Intervention

Feasibility and Initial Efficacy of a Wheelchair Exercise-training Intervention

The Seated Physical activity INtervention (SPIN) study is examining the feasibility and initial efficacy of a stakeholder-informed, home-based, remotely supported and supervised exercise training program for wheelchair users with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Stephanie Silveira

Stephanie Silveira, PhD

Assistant Professor

Stephanie L. Silveira, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health. Her research focuses on improving community health using evidence-based behavioral interventions. The majority of her current work is focused on exercise, diet, and emotional wellbeing among individuals with chronic disabling conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury with an emphasis on health disparities. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

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Angela Piasecki

Angela Piasecki, BS

Graduate Research Assistant

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Angela is a Healthcare Management MPH Candidate. In 2022, she worked with the MS Society on their events team to help raise funds for services and research. As a GRA for SPIN, she aims to gain insight into how to improve the quality of life of MS patients who use wheelchairs for mobility by utilizing exercise and wellness activities.

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We are actively recruiting MPH and DrPH students to join the CHRRL. Please reach out to Dr. Silveira at [email protected] if you are interested in learning more!

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