• The PHO Mission is to improve health outcomes by developing, maintaining, improving and encouraging the application of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® in research and clinical practice. 


  • Featured Member

  • Karon Cook received the PhD degree in Educational Psychology/Quantitative Methods from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the Health Center for Health Care Quality and Utilization Studies, Veterans Health Administration Health Services Research, Houston, Texas. From 1997-2005, she was faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently Research Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg Medical School, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cook has made substantial contributions to health outcomes research, concentrating on modern psychometric approaches including computer adaptive testing. She has served as PI on multiple grants and contracts funded by NIH, AHRQ, Department of Defense (DoD), and Veterans Affairs. She was been a PROMIS-funded co-investigator since 2005.  Dr. Cook’s work with the Department of Defense (DoD) has included the development of the Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR, work that was recognized in 2014 with the Congressman John P. Murtha Memorial Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Military Pain Medicine. Dr. Cook’s most recent work has focused on identifying, from clinician and patient perspectives, thresholds for levels of outcomes and developing reports that help improve clinical management of patients.

  • Meet the Scholarship Recipients Meet the Scholarship Recipients

    The PHO is pleased to introduce the four recipients of the first PHO Scholarship Awards. They will be participating in the 5th Annual PHO International Conference, Oct. 24-25, 2019, in San Diego. 

    Rachel Campbell, PhD is an early career postdoctoral researcher in Australia at the University of Sydney. 

    Sara Leiber, MD, MSc is a rheumatology fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

    Michiel Luijten, MSc is a PhD student in psychometrics/
    clinimetrics at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers in the Netherlands.

    Alexander Obbarius, MD is a resident and research fellow in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany.