Manon Schladen, PhD

Manon Maitland Schladen has been engaged in research programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital since 2001 and has held a concurrent rehabilitation research appointment to the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2013. Dr. Schladen’s career trajectory exemplifies the increasingly transdisciplinary nature of 21st-century rehabilitation science. With an undergraduate degree in computer science and broad clinical informatics expertise gained during her early career work at Georgetown University Hospital, she transitioned to the domain of research through rehabilitation engineering. She received her master of science in engineering degree at Catholic University under the auspices of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation, a National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grant awarded jointly to The Catholic University of America and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH). Her research interests coalesced around the rapidly emerging technology of the Internet and its application in providing rehabilitation services at a distance. 

Dr. Schladen subsequently completed further graduate training in Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her PhD from the College of Engineering and Computing at Nova Southeastern University in 2015 and was recently awarded a two-year fellowship from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to study the psychosocial factors impacting the use of wearable robotic exoskeletons in the rehabilitation, home and community mobility of people with spinal cord injury.

Dr. Schladen is well-versed in research methods, specifically in design science and qualitative methods as well as in the conduct of systematic reviews. She has published numerous refereed journal articles and serves as a peer reviewer for several journals in the domains of qualitative research, medical education, and online interventions. Dr. Schladen presents her work regularly at professional conferences, such as those sponsored by the American Congress of Rehabilitation, Medicine (ACRM), the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), and The Qualitative Report. She has been a regular grant review panelist for the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILLR) since 2012.

Dr. Schladen’s area of focus is the use of technology both to improve the delivery of patient interventions and to enhance the learning process for health professionals. Her doctoral dissertation to develop an instructional design theory of virtual patients (online interactive simulated patient cases) in clinical learning was selected by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to receive the Robert M. Gagné Award for Graduate Student Research in Instructional Design. Dr. Schladen has worked with rehabilitation modality experts to develop, test, and evaluate technology-enhanced teaching in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. She holds a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).