Center of Innovation on Disability & Rehab Research-GNV
Lisa Ottomanelli, PhD
Dr. Lisa Ottomanelli is a clinical psychologist at CINDRR 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 of Veterans with SCI and other disabilities. She served as the principal investigator of two consecutive multi-site, service-directed VA 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 of IPS in SCI, including producing a guide for VA clinicians and a toolkit for use by both VA and non-VA clinicians (see links above)
Her work has advanced and supported VA policy changes that expanded the provision of evidence informed employment services to Veterans with physical impairments and has 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.