James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center
Dr. Lisa Ottomanelli is a clinical psychologist at the VA and an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. She received her PhD from Texas Tech University and completed her internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in the area of disability and rehabilitation with an emphasis in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
Dr. Ottomanelli’s research focuses on the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practices to restore employment and community reintegration among Veterans with SCI and other disabilities. She served as the principal investigator of two consecutive multi-site VA service-directed research projects including the first randomized trial of vocational rehabilitation in SCI. She extended this work to examine best practices for improving outcomes and implementation through the recently completed “Predictive Outcome Model Over Time for Employment” (PrOMOTE) study. This work led to the development of a guide book and toolkit for implementing Individual Placement and Support in SCI care.
Her research has advanced and supported VA policy changes that expanded the provision of evidence informed employment services to Veterans with physical impairments. Her work on evidence based supported employment is included as a best practice in “Best Care Everywhere” and been recognized by her receipt of the 2016 Paralyzed Veterans of America Clinical Excellence Award and the 2013 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award.