Senior Research Associate
MedStar Health Research Institute
Manon Maitland Schladen has been engaged in research programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital since 2001 and held a concurrent rehabilitation research appointment to the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2013-2017. 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.Her research interests coalesced around the rapidly emerging technology of the Internet and its application in providing rehabilitation services at a distance. She 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.