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Faculty for the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Yael Arbel, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Co-director, Cognitive Neuroscience Group (CNG)
    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

Tracy Brudvig, PhD, DPT, OCS

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Clinical Associate
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Clinic

Research Interests: The development of critical thinking skills in physical therapy students; clinical decision making; teaching and learning; curriculum development; direct access

Joanna A. Christodoulou, EdD

  • Assistant Professor
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Director
    Brain Education and Mind Team
    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

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

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

  • Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Director of the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab
    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

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

Brian C. Healy, PhD

  • Assistant Professor in Department of Biostatistics
    Harvard School of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Biostatistician, Partners MS Center
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Biostatistician, Biostatistics Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Adjunct Instructor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Disease modeling for multiple sclerosis

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

Robert E. Hillman, PhD

  • Director of Research Programs (including the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program)
    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
    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

Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Director of the SAiL Literacy Lab
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

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

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

Diane U. Jette, PT, DSc, FAPTA

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

Research Interests: Exploring the relationships among processes and outcomes in the delivery of rehabilitation services and their interactions with patients’ performance and participation in daily life activities

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 science

Margaret Kjelgaard, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Research Scientist
    MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disorders; testing the predictive abilities in children with ASD in sensory, language, and learning; testing prosodic processing and production in children with ASD as well as in neuro-typical development; prosodic acoustic analysis of emotions in speech

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

Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP

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

Research Interests: Treatment and assessment of speech sound disorders; promotion of evidence based practice/ practice based evidence; exposing the use of pseudoscience in speech-language pathology practice

Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC

  • Professor of Nursing
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Dementia; family care giving; end of life care and palliative care; stigma; qualitative methods

Deborah Navedo, PhD, ADRN, PNP, CNE

  • Associate Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Director of the Health Professions Education Program
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Effective leadership and faculty development to serve the education reform within and across the health professions; innovations and efficacy around faculty of mixed professions learning to teach together as part of the solution to the current siloed educational systems; debriefing and reflective judgment development 

Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Associate Director, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Associate 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

Rupal Patel, PhD, CCC-CLP

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
    Bouvé College
    Northeastern University
  • Adjunct Professor
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: The acquisition and impairment of speech prosody (the melody of speech) in healthy speakers and those with neuromotor disorders; the design of speech enhancement and learning technologies that leverage the residual and/or developing capabilities of users

Leslie Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

  • Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Dean of School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    MGH Institute of Health Professions

Research Interests: Educational outcomes; measurement of functional outcomes in rehabilitation; risk factors for falls in the elderly

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

Elise Townsend, PhD, DPT, PCS

  • Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Physical Therapist, Clinical Associate, Outpatient Services
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interests: Physical therapy management of children with pediatrics neurodegenerative conditions including spinal muscular atrophy and Duchene muscular dystrophy; motor outcome measures for pediatric neurodegenerative diseases; clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases 

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

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