Christine McDonough, PhD, PT began her career as a physical therapist focused in orthopaedics. Her experience as a founder and director of an independent physical therapy practice inspired her to undertake graduate studies at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in clinical and health services research, shared decision-making, and health care and policy decision-making, economic evaluation and decision analysis. She is an assistant professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary areas of research include the development and testing of patient-centered outcome measures using item response theory and computer adaptive testing methods, clinical and health services research in fall and fracture prevention and management for older adults, the measurement of function for work disability determination and rehabilitation, and cost-effectiveness of alternative management approaches for musculoskeletal disorders. She has worked for several years to support development and translation of technologies and medical devices in rehabilitation and pediatrics. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry and as Editor of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Academies of Orthopaedic and Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.