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On-Campus Clinical Care Centers Serving the Community

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Occupational Therapy, and the Department of Physical Therapy – all part of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – operate clinical care centers on the Institute's campus in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, providing pro bono services to residents of area communities.

All clinical care centers will be centralized into a new Clinical Care Center opening in fall 2017 in 2CC.

Clients at all the centers are seen by graduate students who are supervised by certified and licensed faculty members. They provide more than $1 million in free services to people who have exhausted their insurance benefits or who cannot afford treatment.

Speech, Language and Literacy Center

The Speech, Language and Literacy Center (SLLC), part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, strengthens the Institute's commitment to the convergence of science and practice by involving faculty and students in providing free or low-cost speech, language, and reading services to children and adults from the Greater Boston area. 

The Center offers specialty services in the areas of aphasia, autism, preschool speech and language disorders, and dyslexia. The Center provides an average of 200 patient visits each week. Families from the Charlestown community are given preference for available openings.

Clinicians are graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology  program. Clinicians are mentored by certified and licensed faculty members of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For Inquiries:
Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Coordinator, Speech, Language and Literacy Center
(617) 643-5195 (please, leave a message)

See our virtual tour of the Speech, Language and Literacy Center.

Aphasia Center

The Aphasia Center assists adults who have partial or total inability to produce or understand speech due to brain damage caused by injury or disease, such as people who have had a stroke. It is part of the Speech, Language, and Literacy Center in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Learn more at the Aphasia Center website for clients and their families.

For Inquiries:

  • Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Aphasia Center: (617) 724-6314

Occupational Therapy Center for Learning, Intervention, Participation, and Rehabilitation

The Occupational Therapy Center for Learning, Intervention, Participation, and Rehabilitation (OT CLIPR) opened in spring 2017. Graduate students enrolled in our Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program work in the Center under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists who are clinical faculty in the OTD program.

The Center offers comprehensive occupational therapy assessment and specialty services for people living with neurological, cognitive, low vision, developmental, upper extremity, and mental health diagnoses. The Center provides pro- bono services to individuals in the local community who may not otherwise have access to occupational therapy care or for those whose insurance benefits have expired but still need continued therapy. 

The Center is located on the second floor of 2 Constitution Center (2CC) in our accessible Functional Living Lab, a state-of-the-art simulated home environment to facilitate improvement for daily living skills.

For Inquiries:
Associate Professor Mary Hildebrand, OTD, OTR/L
Center Director
(617) 643-2764 

See our virtual tour of the OT CLIPR.

Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion

The Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion, part of the Department of Physical Therapy, opened in May 2010.

The clinicians are graduate students enrolled in our Doctor of Physical Therapy,  Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs. Clinicians are mentored by certified and licensed faculty members of the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

The clinicians in the Center provide pro bono services to individuals in the local community who may not otherwise have access to such care. The students care for clients with a range of orthopedic, neurological, and multi-system impairments.

For Inquiries:
Clinical Assistant Professor Jane Baldwin, DPT, NCS
Associate Director of Clinical Education
Coordinator, Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion
(857) 272-2920

See our virtual tour of the PT Center.