University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Diane Jette

Diane U. Jette, P.T., M.S., D.Sc.

Professor of Rehabilitation and Movement Science and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Diane Jette Office: 305 Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-9444

Dr. Diane Jette is chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science. She has been a physical therapist for 35 years and has been involved in physical therapist education for most of that time. Her clinical expertise is in the area of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and she has worked in acute care, home care and out-patient care. Because of her background in epidemiology, she teaches research methods and strategies and skills for evidence-based practice.

Dr. Jette's research interest is in exploring the relationships among processes and outcomes in the delivery of rehabilitation services and their interactions with patients' performance and participation in daily life activities. In her research she primarily analyzes data from large datasets to answer questions about these relationships. She has also conducted studies using surveys and interviews to explore some issues related to physical therapist decision-making. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded several professional awards for research. Dr. Jette has served in numerous appointed and elected positions in the American Physical Therapy Association and is an editor for the journal Physical Therapy.


D.Sc, Boston University, School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
M.S., Boston University, Sargent College, Physical Therapy
B.S. and Certificate, Simmons College, Physical Therapy

Selected Publications

Jette, DU, Bourgeois MC, Bookbinder R. L.E.A.P. - Linking Evidence and Practice. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Following Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Phys Ther 2010 90:9-12.

Jette DU, Halbert J, Iverson C, Miceli E, Shah P. Use of Standardized Outcome Measures in Physical Therapy Practice: Perceptions and Applications. Phys Ther. 2009;89:125-135.

Jette DU, Brown R, Collette N, Friant W, Graves L. Physical therapy management of patients in the acute care setting. Phys Ther. 2009;89:1158-1181. (Abstract)

Selected Grants and Scholarship Activities

Simmons College Fund for Research, Decision-making ability of Physical Therapists in Private Practice: Physical Therapy Intervention or Medical Referral, $2,000

Study of Outcomes of patients receiving physical therapy for musculoskeletal impairments, Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Research Fellowship Award, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, $40,000, 1995-1996

Selected Honors and Awards

Faculty Research Award, School for Health Studies, Simmons College, 2006

Prestige Day Speaker, Cleveland State University Department of Health Sciences, Benefits and Challenges of Health Services Research, 2006

Excellence in Research Writing Award for the best article published in American Journal of Physical Medicine, 2005

Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 1997

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association, Special Interest Sections: Education, research, health policy and administration

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