Danielle K. Kline, PT, DPT, NCS
What year did you start the program?
What are your prior degrees and with what institutions?
BS, Kinesiology major and Spanish minor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
DPT, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
What is your current research focused on?
My current research focuses on investigating the effects of vagal nerve stimulation in combination with rehabilitation in patients recovering from ischemic strokes. I will also be working with Dr. Kimberley on investigating TMS in various patient populations.
What publications or external presentations have you produced that are based on the research you have done while in the program?
Kimberley TJ, Pierce D, Prudente CN, Francisco GE, Yozbatiran N, Smith P, Tarver B, Dickie DA, Kline DK, Wigginton JG, Cramer SC & Dawson J: Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired with Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke: A Blinded Randomized Pilot Study. Stroke.
Co-presenter on Independence, Mobility, Communication & Function: An Adult Rehabilitation Panel, 2017 MDA Twin Cities Neuromuscular Family Symposium, Vadnais Heights, MN
What do you think is special about the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program here at the MGH Institute?
The clinically focused framework of the PhD program provides unique opportunities for students to network with experts and professionals across Boston-area hospitals, clinics, and universities. The opportunity to take elective coursework during the program at prestigious local universities like Harvard is special and exciting.
Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?
I wanted to pursue my degree through an interdisciplinary program to expand upon my knowledge base on other rehabilitation approaches and attain a broader perspective on research within the rehabilitation field.
What are your goals for the future after you graduate?
After graduation, I aspire to work in an environment where I can pursue my passions of researching within my specialty area of neurologic physical therapy, treating as a clinician, and teaching.