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Faculty for the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Robert E. Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD  Program in Rehabilitation Sciences 
    MGH Institute of Health Professions and 

  • Co-Director and Research Director, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Professor of Surgery
    Harvard Medical School

  • Faculty Member, Speech & Hearing Bioscience & Technology
    Program of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology

  • Adjunct Professor – Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Prevention diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders; vocal hyper function; physiology and acoustics of normal and disordered voice production; objective assessment and vocal function (including ambulatory monitoring and biofeedback); evaluation of methods (medical surgical and behavioral) used to treat voice disorders; laryngectomy speech rehabilitation

Elise Townsend, PhD, DPT, PCS

  • Associate Director, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Senior Research Physical Therapist, Neurogenetics Team (led by Dr. Kathryn Swoboda), Neurological Clinical Research Institute (NCRI), Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests: Physical therapy management of children with pediatric neurodegenerative conditions including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD); motor outcome measures for pediatric neurodegenetic diseases; clinical trials for neurodegenetic diseases 

Yael Arbel, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Co-director, Cognitive Neuroscience Group
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Developmental language disorders; typical and a typical leaning; developmental changes and individual differences in feedback-based learning; electrophysiological markers of feedback processing; event related potentials (ERPs) in the study of information processing

Jonathan Bean, MD

  • Director
    New England GREEC, Boston VA Healthcare System

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Physiatrist
    Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Geriatric rehabilitation; mobility problems; disability; secondary prevention; exercise physiology; musculoskeletal disorders in older adults

Paolo Bonato, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Rehabilitation technology; wearable sensors and system to track motor impairments; robot assisted rehabilitation; biomechanics

Joanna A. Christodoulou, EdD

  • Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director
    Brain Education and Mind Lab
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Adjunct Lecturer on Education
    Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Research Affiliate
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Research Affiliate
    Speech-Language Pathology Department
    Mass General Hospital

Research Interests: Developmental disabilities including reading disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), math disabilities, ADHD - assessment, diagnosis, intervention; brain and behavior correlates underlying development and disorders; pediatric and adult neuroimaging (MRI); conducting research at the intersection of research and practice; reading fluency; reading abilities in patient populations; quality of life; cognitive skills and reading

Lisa Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L

  • Professor and Chair 
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Co-Chair
    Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Interests: Dr. Connor’s research focuses on understanding the neural, behavioral, and psychosocial predictors of recovery from stroke and community participation in people with and without aphasia. The goal of her work is to create quantitative models of post-stroke community reintegration to guide the delivery of evidence-based, targeted interventions.

Inge Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Professor of Nursing
    School of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS; biobehavioral and psychosocial aspects; caring; feeling safe; depression and grief in advanced non-small cell lung cancer; health literacy; interprofessional collaboration

Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FACSM

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Delaware

  • Director, Spaulding National Running Center
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Examination of relationships between lower extremity structure; mechanics and injury in both walking and running gaits; retraining of faulty gate mechanics through real-time feedback to reduce injury risk; mobile monitoring of gait in community environments using wearable technology; effect of footwear on gait and injury risk; focused interested in patellofemoral pain achilles tendinopathy; plantar fasciitis and bone stress injuries

Maureen K. Dwyer, PhD, ATC

  • Director of Research, Kaplan Joint Center
    Department of Orthopedics, Newton Wellesley Hospital

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Orthopedics
    Mass General Hospital

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Identification of mechanistic contributors to the development and progression of osteoarthritis; longitudinal assessment of the natural course of cartilage degeneration in hip arthroscopy patients; objective assessment of muscle function in patients with hip disorders; development of treatment programs to prolong the health of the native hip

Andrea D. Fairman, PhD, MOT, OTR/L, CPRP​

  • Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Promoting independence and self-management using mobile health; telewellness support systems for spinal cord injury

Susan Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Visiting Scientist
    Department of Engineering
    Brown University

  • Research Health Science Specialist
    Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology
    Providence VA Medical Center

Research Interests: Rehabilitation robotics, specifically the design, implementation, and dissemination of robotic therapy trials and adults and children with upper limb paresis; task oriented training and self management strategies to improve upper limb function after stroke; brain computer interface and assistive technology research for persons with tetraplegia

Annie B. Fox, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
    MGH ​Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Longitudinal data analysis; mental illness stigma; relationships between psychosocial stressors, mental health, and quality of life 

Felipe Fregni, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
    Associate Professor of Neurology
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director, Spaulding Neuromodulation Center
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Mass General Hospital

  • Director, Clinical Research Collaborative Learning Training  Program
    Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR)
    ECPE, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Neuroplasticity; neuromodulation; chronic pain; motor recovery; non-invasive brain stimulation; TDCS; TMS

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Neuropsychology; neurorehabilitation; traumatic brain injury; disorder of consciousness; clinical outcome assessment; functional neuroimaging; approaches to evidence-based medicine

Janice Goodman, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

  • Professor of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Faculty Nurse Scientist, Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Research Interests: Women’s mental health; mindfulness based interventions; interventions for preventing and treating perinatal depression and anxiety and the associated negative effects of the mother-infant relationship and child development

Jordan Green, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Matina Souretis Horner Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director of the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director of Research Programs
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Speech assessment and therapy; computer-aided diagnosis of speech and swallowing disorders; speech and swallowing biomechanics; speech development; motor speech disorders including dysarthia and apraxia; bulbar motor impairments due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; facial reanimation training following face transplantation; non-invasive brain stimulation

Douglas Gross, MPT, DPT, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed

  • Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Lower extremity biomechanics; Biomechanical risk factors for knee and hip osteoarthritis

John V. Guttag, PhD

  • Dugald C. Jackson Professor
    MIT

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
    MIT

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Dr. Guttag's current research centers on the application of advanced computational techniques to medicine. Current projects include prediction of adverse medical events, prediction of response to therapies, non-invasive monitoring and diagnostic tools, and tele-medicine. He has also done research, published, and lectured in the areas of sports analytics, financial analytics, software defined radios, software engineering, mechanical theorem proving, and hardware verification.

Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP

  • Clinical Supervisor, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Early cognitive and linguistic predictors of literacy skill development in different languages; written language (writing) intervention for children with dyslexia and related language learning difficulties

James Heaton, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
    Harvard Medical School

  • Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Faculty Member, Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology
    Program of the Harvard Division of Medical Sciences

  • Research Scientist, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests: Human voice and speech physiology; development of improved voice prosthetic equipment; creation of a speech recognition platform that uses speech-related muscle signals as an input (instead of a microphone) for health and dysarthric populations; facial and laryngeal nerve regeneration; and implantable neural prosthetic systems for facial and laryngeal reanimation after nerve palsy

Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research Interests: Genetic, neurological, and behavioral links between oral and written language development with a focus on co-morbid speech, language and literacy disorders; improving assessments and creating language-based interventions for the classroom; interactions between working memory and word learning; and underlying deficits associated with apraxia of speech and specific language impairment

Alex Hoyt, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Health services research and health policy with a focus on primary care, behavioral health, and workforce issues

Bradley T. Hyman, MD, PhD

  • John B. Penney Professor of Neurology
    Harvard Medical School

  • Alzheimer's Unit Director
    Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease

  • Director
    Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Understanding the neuropathophysiologies and the genetic factors that underlie dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia)

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc

  • Professor, Department of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director of Mongan Institute for Health Policy
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Improving the health and health care of persons with disabilities

Grant L. Iverson, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director, Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory
    Center for Health and Rehabilitation Research
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

  • Director, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Program
    Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Outcome from mild traumatic brain injury (across the lifespan, in athletes, civilians, military service members, and veterans); improving the methodology for assessing and identifying mild cognitive impairment

Alan M. Jette, PhD

  • Professor, PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: The measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability; the development and dissemination of contemporary outcome measurement instruments to evaluate the quality of health care

Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Medical speech-language pathology and the effects of communication and swallowing impairment of quality of health and life; teaching and scholarly enterprise in higher education; interprofessional education in the health sciences.

Julie J. Keysor, PT, PhD

  • Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
     
  • Chair of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Dr. Keysor has over 50 peer reviewed publications and has received funding from the National Institute of Disability, Community Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Arthritis Foundation.

Teresa J. Kimberley, PhD, PT

  • Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director of the Brain Recovery Lab
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: To understand the pathophysiology of motor impairment and develop novel rehabilitation interventions for neurologic disorders, such as dystonia and stroke.

Mary Knab, PT, PhD, DPT

  • Interim Associate Provost
    Interprofessional Education and Practice
    MGH Institute of Heath Professions
     
  • Director and Professor
    Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
     
  • Professor
    Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Role of reflection in the development of health professionals along a novice-to-expert continuum, narrative as a vehicle for reflection, and models for interprofessional learning and development across academic, simulation, and clinical learning environments

Janet Kneiss, PhD, PT, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Biomechanical analysis of human movement; musculoskeletal causes of cancer related fatigue; movement control patterns associated with hip fracture

Sara Knox, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

  • Associate Chair
    Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
     
  • Assistant Professor
    Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Multidimensional influences and professional responsibilities of managing the health care of older adults, more specifically older adults diagnosed with dementia; including clinical management, epidemiology, public policy, educational strategies and interdisciplinary collaboration to maximize the health of our aging society

Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Chair Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Research Assistant Professor of Neurology
    Boston University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Aphasia and adult neurogenic communication disorders; Aphasia Center Clinical Program at MGH IHP; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for People with aphasia; nonverbal cognitive disorders; neurodegenerative disorders affecting language and cognition

Patrice Nicholas, DNSC, MPH, RN, ANP, FAAN

  • Professor of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director of Global Health Nursing and Senior Nurse Scientist
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity
    Center for Nursing Excellence

Research Interests: HIV symptom management, quality of life, adherence to therapy; climate change and health consequences; global health issues; trafficking and health consequences

Glenn Pransky, MD, MOccH, FACOEM

  • Director, Center for Disability Research
    Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

  • Associate Professor
    University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Visiting Scientist
    Harvard School of Public Health

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Disability prevention and prognosis of work-related musculoskeletal disorders; work disability in older workers; enhancing the return-to-work process

Ralf W. Schlosser, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
    Bouvé College
    Northeastern University

  • Professor, School Psychology Program
    Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
    Northeastern University

  • Director of Clinical Research, Center for Communication Enhancement
    Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders
    Boston Children's Hospital

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Efficacy of interventions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) particularly as they relate to the role of speech output and different graphic symbol sets for individuals with developmental disabilities; methodological issues in conducting efficacy research, including research design (in particular, single-subject experimental designs) and research synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis); the effects of synthetic speech output and visual display feedback on spelling in children with autism.

Howard Shane, PhD, CCC-CLP

  • Director, Center for Communication Enhancement
    Boston Children's Hospital

  • Associate Scientist, Otolaryngology
    Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Associate Professor, Otology and Laryngology
    Harvard Medical School

  • Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Diagnosis and treatment of complex communication disorders including application of augmentative and alternative communication systems and procedures; development of intervention strategies for autism through application of visual supports and technology

Diane L. Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • Professor
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Research Consultant
    Great Plains ADA Center

Research Interests: Health policy; diabetes policy (access, disability rights); health literacy

J. Andrew Taylor, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Director of Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Cardiovascular autonomic physiology; exercise physiology; physiology of aging and the impact of spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; sleep disorders of physiological function

Maurizio Trippolini, PhD

  • Disability Research Scientist
    Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Disability prevention & rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal disorders; injuries in compensable settings; evaluation of functional and work capacity; development and evaluation of clinical measures

Randy D. Trumbower, PT, PhD

  • Director of INSPIRE Lab for sensorimotor rehabilitation engineering
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Harvard Medical School

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Diagnosis and treatment of neuromotor pathologies such as spinal cord injury and stroke; mechanisms of neural plasticity; neuromechanics of human movement; biofeedback technologies.
 

Sofia Vallila Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP

  •  Assistant Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  •  Co-Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Group
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Research Affiliate, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Research Interests: Diagnosis and treatment of aphasia across the continuum of care; nonverbal/nonlinguistic cognitive ability in aphasia; executive functions in aphasia; category learning; strategy development; neural organization of language; neural substrates of learning

Lisa Wood, PhD, BSN

  • Amelia Peabody Professor of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Director, Fatigue Research Lab
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Molecular origins of fatigue (CTRF), one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment and one that has considerable effects on quality of life, physical functioning, and overall health in cancer survivors; prevention and management of CTRF

Ross Zafonte, DO

  • Professor and Chair, Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton                                                            
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Harvard Medical School

  • Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Research and Education
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

  • Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Understand and develop novel prognostic techniques for TBI; define clinical prognostic variables in TBI; understand factors that may impact the recovery process; define biological-based differences in the recovery process from TBI; establish biomarkers that can be employed in the acute and post-acute phases of recovery from TBI; focus on interdisciplinary clinical research involving clinicians and investigators from many fields; understand the role of novel pharmacotherapeutics in post-acute and rehabilitation time periods; understand both the harmful and facilitative aspects of medications frequently prescribed to persons with TBI; help to establish concerns with the chronic administration of some atypical antipsychotics to those with TBI; understand the role of dopamintergic and cholinergic systems after TBI and are presently pursuing novel laser based treatments 

Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • Co-Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Group
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: The cognitive and neurophysiologic basis of aphasia; prosodic and rhythmic processing abilities involved in speech planning; executive functions and learning in people with traumatic brain injury