Steve received his certificate in physical therapy in 1974 from Ohio State University and was awarded a PhD in educational psychology in 1983 from the University of Washington. He was a distinguished researcher and scholar in the development and application of rehabilitation outcome measures in research and clinical practice with children and adults. During his career, he received numerous prestigious grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He contributed over 150 scholarly articles to the health care literature. He was a gifted teacher and engaging speaker who was sought after to lecture around the world. In the 1990’s, he led a team that developed the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI), used worldwide to evaluate the functioning of children with disabilities. Throughout his research career, he challenged himself and others to apply the most cutting-edge research and technological developments to the field of rehabilitation. His enormous scope of work, productivity and commitment to the highest standards of research conduct challenged and inspired his students and colleagues.
At the time of his death, Steve was Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, Associate Director of its Health & Disability Research Institute, and served as Director of Research of the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs at Boston’s Franciscan Hospital. He received numerous awards for this research and scholarship including, in 1993, the Golden Pen Award for contributions to the Physical Therapy Journal and, in 2006, the Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Professional Literature in Physical Therapy. In 2009 he was selected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.