The Center of Academic Excellence for Patient Centered Rehabilitation (CAE-PaCeR) will establish an infrastructure to bring the relevant academic, research, and clinical programs of the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP) into alignment around the purpose of the centerpatient-centered rehabilitation in an academic culture of excellence for clinical learning, innovation, and collaboration.  The benefit of this alignment will enhance our ability to prioritize available resources from philanthropic, grant, and clinical revenue sources toward strategic investments in teaching, research, and scholarships to best serve the needs of our students, patients, faculty, community, and the state of Louisiana.

Programs of the Center



Sarah Murnane, PT, DPT
Center Director
(318) 813-2970


Goals of the Center


  • Double the number of residents in our programs in the next year.
  • Add one or two specialty areas to our residency offerings within the next 3 years.
  • In collaboration with the School of Medicine, add inter-professional educational opportunities across entry-level academic programs highlighting patient-centered, team-based care related to conditions requiring rehabilitation.


  • Provide clinical learning and mentoring opportunities for patient-centered, multi-disciplinary teams through residencies and internships across the campus.
  • Provide community awareness activities related to wellness and prevention (health fairs for underserved/under-resourced populations in partnership with MLK and David Raines Community Centers, fall prevention, aging well, driving simulation, back pain and opioid exposure, exercise for cancer survivors).
  • Expand clinical services through consultative and co-located rehabilitation professionals across the OLHS-NL system.


  • Provide a robust patient volume with a variety of rehabilitation needs for opportunities for collaborative translational research.
  • Collaborative research projects with additional departments / disciplines as our PhD students in Rehabilitation Sciences progress to their laboratory and dissertation work.
  • Increase faculty grant proposals through intra- and extra-mural grants.
  • Increase faculty scholarly products (presentations/publications) by 30% over 3 years.


  • Initiate a pipeline program for URM students into the rehabilitation professions.
  • Add scholarship/tuition waivers for URM students to join our entry-level or PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences programs.  



Center of Academic Excellence in Patient Centered Rehabilitation


Teach . Heal . Discover . Expand


Teach . Heal . Discover . Expand