Kristin R. Archer, Ph.D., D.P.T.

Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Kristin R. Archer, PhD, DPT, is Associate Professor with Tenure and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Archer is also the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research and Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. She conducts independent research into outcomes after orthopaedic surgery and her program focuses on the implementation of rehabilitation interventions through comparative effectiveness research. Research interests also include the development of tools to predict outcomes after surgery and assess pain and patient psychosocial characteristics as well as management strategies to reduce opioid use in patients with chronic pain. Dr. Archer has been funded by the NIH, DoD, PCORI, and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as various foundations for research studies totaling over 7 million dollars. She is a site PI and member of the Executive Committee, for the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Research Consortium, which is funded by the DoD. Dr. Archer is also the Director for the Quality and Outcomes Database, which is a national clinical registry for neurosurgical procedures and practice patterns. She was a research fellow of the NIH and a Visiting Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Archer is the author of over 130 peer reviewed papers and has received awards from the North American Spine Society and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Currently, she is on the editorial board of Physical Therapy and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, the U.S. representative for the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and serves as a grant reviewer for DoD, PCORI, and Foundation for Physical Therapy. She holds a doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a masters and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado.