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Sabrina Figueiredo Sabrina Figueiredo
Program Director for Health Care Quality
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-1131
Email: Email
Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy, Pontifical University Catholic of Minas Gerais, 2003
  • Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education, Pontifical University Catholic of Minas Gerais, 2004
  • MSc, McGill University, Canada, 2010
  • PhD, McGill University, Canada, 2017


Dr. Figueiredo is a graduate of McGill University where she earned a Master of Science and a PhD in Rehabilitation. Her graduate training involved designing and conducting multiple randomized pilot studies, cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal prospective studies, and systematic reviews. She has a strong background in data analysis, having used complex statistics models such as group-based trajectory modeling. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Figueiredo earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Before joining the GW community, Dr. Figueiredo served as Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and at McGill University (Canada). She has extensive teaching experience, including having taught to more than 1000 students the course Research Methodology and Foundations of Professional Practice, which comprised principles of Global Health, the Canadian Health Care System, and the role of OTs and PTs in the different healthcare settings.

During her tenure at McGill University, she was also the Associate Director of the Physical Therapy Program, and oversaw initiatives related to curriculum development, program evaluation, and accreditation. She created a Program Logic Model and an Assessment & Implementation Plan deemed best practices by the Canadian Physiotherapy Accreditation Regulatory Body.

Dr. Figueiredo research portfolio focuses on patient safety, coordination of care, creating innovative measurement strategies to contribute evidence to patient-centered outcomes as well as developing telehealth initiatives to improve seniors’ outcomes. She has published a book chapter and scientific papers in these fields and has received external funding and awards for her presentations at national and international meetings.

With the engagement of faculty and learners and through innovation, Dr. Figueiredo aims to solidify the leadership position of the GW HCQ program in the national context.


  • Health Care Quality
  • Translational Health Sciences

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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