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Renan C. Castillo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management


Renan C. Castillo, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where he also received his doctoral training. Dr. Castillo is a health services researcher with expertise in the study of disability and trauma outcomes, and extensive experience coordinating multi-institutional studies in the trauma setting. Dr. Castillo has published on pain and rehabilitation outcomes following trauma, as well as treatment, psychologic and demographic predictors of clinical recovery, functional outcome and patient satisfaction. He has worked closely with clinicians in projects ranging from the assessment of diagnostic tests in sports medicine to the evaluation of tomographic imaging approaches following severe trauma. As Project Director for the Lower Extremity Assessment Project (LEAP), the Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) evaluation study, the NextSteps evaluation study, and the Trauma Stages of Change study, he has overseen the recruitment and follow-up of thousands of trauma patients in trauma centers across the country. Dr. Castillo has substantial expertise in psychometrics, having participated in the validation of the Sickness Impact Profile ICF domains as part of his dissertation work, the Trauma Stages of Change Questionnaire, and the Hopkins Rehabilitation Engagement Rating Scale. Dr. Castillo is currently working on the development of instruments for the diagnosis of pain following surgery (funded by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association) and the identification of occupational injury patients at risk for failure to return to work (funded by the Injured Workers Insurance Fund).