Bridget Perry, PhD, MS, CCC-SLP
What year did you start the program? 2013
Bridget is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Speech and Feeding Disorder Lab at the MGH Institute.
What are your prior degrees and at which institutions?
BBA, Marketing and Graphic Design, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Chicago, IL
What ws your research focused on?
My current research is focused on the biomechanics of orofacial movement, the impact of disordered orofacial movement on speech and swallowing, and rehabilitation techniques to improve functional deficits acquired from disordered orofacial movement.
What was your dissertation topic?
“The Evaluation and Treatment of Neurologically Based Oral Motor Impairments”
What publications or external presentations have you produced since the start of your PhD program?
Perry BJ, Martino R, Yunusova Y, Plowman EK & Green JR. (May 2018). "Lingual and Jaw Kinematic Abnormalities Precede Speech and Swalling Impairments in ALS." Dysphagia.
Pattee GL, Plowman EK, Brooks BR, Berry JD, Atassi N, Chapin JL, Garand K, Yunusova Y, Mcilduff CE, Young E, Costello JM, Macklin EA, Locatelli ER, Silani V, Heitzman D, Wymer J, Goutman SA, Gelinas DF, Smith R, Perry B, Nalipinski P, Stipancic K, O'Brien M, Sullivan SL & Green JR: "Best Practices Protocol for the Evaluation of Bulbar Dysfunction: Summary Recommendations from the Neals Bulbar Subcommittee Symposium." Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration.
Perry BJ, Richburg BD, Pomahac B, Bueno EM & Green JR. (June 2017). "The Effects of Lip-closure Exercise on Lip Strength and Function Following Full Facial Transplantation: A Case Report." American Journal of Speech Language Pathology.
Perry, B. (2014, November). Rehabilitation of Oral Motor Function Following Facial Transplantation. Invited Speaker. American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Perry, B., Green, J., Bueno, E., & Pomahac, B. (2014, November). The Effects of Labial Strength Training on Labial Strength and Range of Motion in a Patient One Year Status Post Full Facial Transplantation. Technical session at the annual convention of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Orlando, Florida.
Bowler, B. & Su, P. (2013, November). Communication Deficits and Dysphagia in Four Patients Following Full Facial Transplantation. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, Illinois.
What grants or awards have you received since the start of the program?
Anatomic and biomechanic biomarkers of lingual impairment in person with ALS.
$64,693, National Institutes of Health. Bridget Perry, MS, CCC-SLP, Principal Investigator. 2017-2019
What do you think is special about the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program here at the MGH Institute?
The interdisciplinary model of this program makes this program so unique. I love sharing classes with professionals in other rehabilitation disciplines and have found that their work and insight regularly inspires new thoughts and ideas in my own research.
Being part of Partners HealthCare Systems and having access to all that Partners offers is also something really special about the program. From lectures, to seminars, to mini-courses, the opportunities we have to learn from the some of the most well-respected researchers and physicians in healthcare seem endless.
Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?
The programs affiliation with Partners HealthCare Systems was a big draw to me. Wanting to continue my work with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and incorporate my work at the hospital with my research was very important to me. This program’s flexibility has allowed me to maintain my relationship and research with the hospital.
What are your goals for the future after you graduate?
Upon developing a strong research initiative, I hope to achieve a scholar-practitioner position at a research-intensive university where I can not only continue to explore my area of interest through research, but can also serve as an instructor in the classroom setting as well.
It is my hope that my research will help guide clinician assessment and rehabilitation techniques for patients with functional deficits as a result of disordered orofacial movement.