Kristine Miller is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She is a physical therapist with clinical expertise in adult neurological rehabilitation. Miller teaches in the neurological rehabilitation course series in the entry-level DPT curriculum. She also maintains an active research program through the Rehabilitation and Integrative Therapy (RIT) laboratory where her work focuses on maximizing function, and improving patient transitions throughout the rehabilitation continuum for adults with chronic neurological health conditions. Much of Miller’s research work is community engaged involving several community partners such as the YMCA and clinical sites in and around Indianapolis. Prior to beginning her appointment at Indiana University, Miller had a clinical career that spanned 24 years. She worked in several clinical facilities including St. Vincent Health, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, and Richard L. Roudebush Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Miller graduated from Indiana University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She received her second degree, a Master of Science in Therapeutic Outcomes Research, in 2008 from Indiana University, and finally her Ph.D. in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences with a Neuroscience minor in 2013 from Indiana University.
Miller’s research is focused on improving patient transitions from rehabilitation to home. Miller has completed several projects with the Roudebush VAMC and the YMCA of Madison County to better understand the issues related to successful community integration after rehabilitation. The goal of her work is to improve function and minimize complications for post-rehabilitation patients with chronic health conditions. She has found promising results through post-rehabilitation exercise programs offered through telehealth technology and in partnership with community-based entities. Specifically she has successfully implemented adapted-yoga and structured exercise programs in the community for post-rehabilitation patients.
Flanagan M, Plue L, Miller KK, Schmid AA, Myers L, Graham G, Miech E, Williams L, Damush T. (2018). A qualitative study of clinical champions in context: Stroke champions across three levels of acute care. Sage Open Medicine, In Press.
Miller KK, Porter RE, DeBaun-Sprague E, Van Puymbroeck M, Schmid AA. (2016). Exercise after stroke: Patient adherence and beliefs after discharge from rehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, DOI:1080/10749357.2016.1200292.
Van Puymbroeck M, Miller KK, Dickes L, Schmid AA. (2015). Perceptions of yoga therapy embedded in two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals: Agency perspectives. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (e-Cam), 7 pages, doi:10.1155/2015/125969.
Schmid AA, Miller KK, Van Puymbroeck M, Schalk N. (2015). Feasibility and results of a case study of yoga to improve physical functioning in people with chronic traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, early online, 1-7.
Miller KK, Chumbler NR, Carlson K, Daggett V. (2014). Tele-rehabilitation to promote exercise in Veterans post-stroke: An observational pilot study. International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2(3): doi:10.4172/2329-9096.1000200
Schmid AA, Miller KK, Van Puymbroeck M, DeBaun-Sprague E. (2014). Yoga leads to multiple physical improvements after stroke, A pilot study. Complement Ther Med, 22(6):994-1000, doi:10.1016/jctim.2014.09.005.
Damush TM, Miller KK, Plue L, Schmid AA, Myers J, Graham GH, Williams LS. (2014). National implementation of acute stroke care centers in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): Formative evaluation of field response. Journal of Geriatric Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1007/s11606-041-3036-1.
Miller KK, Combs SA, Van Puymbroeck M, Altenburger PA, Kean J, Dierks TA, Schmid AA. (2013). Fatigue and pain: Relationships with physical performance and patient beliefs after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(4): 347-355.