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Exciting research direction at Mary Free Bed takes findings to patients sooner

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Internationally respected researcher Dr. Janet Niemeier is the new director of the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. She’s a board-certified rehabilitation psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical care and research experience for people with brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and other disabilities.

Niemeier’s research on innovative treatment interventions is internationally recognized and has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and state and private sources.

Her goal is to bring research to the bedside, generating evidence-based, innovative treatment and applying it as quickly as possible to help people recovering from serious injuries or illnesses.

“It’s a cyclical process that benefits everyone,” Niemeier said. “We trial the most promising advances to help patients maximize their potential. Our findings contribute to continuing research.”

Niemeier comes to Mary Free Bed from the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., where she served as research director and professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The author of more than 60 first-tier publications and several books, Niemeier has received numerous awards for her work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and Fellow Status from the American Psychological Association. She’s on the national and international speaker’s circuit, and her findings are widely published.

In addition to her role at Mary Free Bed, Niemeier is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and pending adjunct status at the University of Michigan. She also serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Advisory Committee on Prosthetics & Special-Disabilities Programs.

Niemeier earned her doctorate in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She also has a year-long fellowship in Leadership in Academic Medicine from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

To learn more about the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation and its current research projects, visit maryfreebed.com/research.

About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more than 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of 110-plus specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com

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