We at the Children’s Participation and Environment Research Lab (CPERL) care about advancing client-centered care and outcomes in pediatric (re)habilitation. Lab members harness technology to build innovative tools that can accelerate family-engaged and participation-focused care planning and outcomes monitoring with individuals, organizations, and service systems that need quality common data elements to conduct patient-centered research for continuous quality improvement.

On this website, you can find information on the types of rewarding multi-site and interdisciplinary research projects we engage in and disseminate, the diverse talents of team members and collaborators, and our contact information if you want more information or wish to apply for a mentored training experience in our lab. Thank you for your interest in our work!

Forging Ahead in MS/OTD Journey

Briana and Andrea got a strong start to the academic year, as both passed their NBCOT exams to earn their OT certification in late August and then charged ahead to successfully complete and defend their field exams. Passing a field exam qualifies them to design and complete their OTD capstone projects.

read more

Data Collection Finale

We’ve reached the finish line for trying out some e-PROs with families enrolled in early intervention, as part of the second aim of our NIH R03 funded project. 

read more

CPERL welcomes first PhD student

Our CPERL team has grown in an important way!  We are excited to announce the addition of Vera Kaelin, a PhD student in Rehabilitation Science at UIC. She joins us all the way from Switzerland …

read more