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Denise Ambrosi, MS, CCC-SLP

Denise Ambrosi
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Phone: 
(617) 952-6271
Office Location: 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Denise Ambrosi, MS, CCC-SLP, is director of Accreditation for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (SRN), where she has worked for 33 years in clinical and administrative positions.

As Director of Accreditation, Denise has primary accountability for the vision, development, implementation, and oversight of all accreditation processes for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in order to assure compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines for hospital level and skilled nursing patient care.

As former director of the Speech Language Pathology Department at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, she was responsible for guiding the practice and professional growth of speech-language pathologists across the rehabilitation programs, including oversight of the graduate student clinical education program for several years.

Denise joined the MGH Institute of Health Professions as Clinical Instructor for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2000; and was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in 2012. She taught the curriculum course, Dysphagia in Adults and Children, for 16 years and continues to be involved as clinical mentor.


Research Interests

Ms. Ambrosi has specific interest in patient outcomes following acute rehabilitation in the areas of dysphagia and adult neurogenic communication disorders in persons who have sustained brain injuries, including those with disorders of consciousness.

Publications

Brady Wagner, LC, Ambrosi, D, Meninger, D. (2018) Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility. Documentation and Reimbursement for Speech-Language Pathologists, Principles and Practice, 151-166, Slack Incorporated.

Ambrosi, D. (2015) Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia. In: Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Eds. Comprehensive Review of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd ed. Birmingham, Alabama: Oakstone.

Ambrosi, D. (2015) Aphasia. In: Zafonte R, Schneider JC. Eds. Comprehensive Review of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd ed. Birmingham, Alabama: Oakstone.

Giacino, J, Carter, C, Charney, C, Ambrosi, D, Herman, S, Young, T, Doiron, M. (2014) A systematic Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disorders of Consciousness.  Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury, 139-156.

Ickenstein, GW, Stein, J, Ambrosi, D, Goldstein, R, Horn, M, Bogdahn, U.  Predictors of survival after severe dysphagic stroke. Journal of Neurology. 2005; 252, 1510-1516.

Ickenstein, GW, Kelly, PJ, Furie, KL, Ambrosi, D, Rallis, N, Goldstein, R, Horick, N, and Stein, J.  Predictors of Feeding Gastrostomy Tube Removal in Stroke Patients with Dysphagia. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2003, 12 (4): 169-174.

Presentations

Nicholas, M., Pittmann, R., Pennington, S., Savastano, M., Senecal, E., Hildebrand, M., Ambrosi, D.  & Brady Wagner, L. (2018).  S-IHP’s CAP: Interprofessional intensive comprehensive aphasia program for life participation: lessons learned across three years.  Seminar at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association annual convention, Boston, MA.

Arsenault, J., Braaten, M., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T., Dressler, K., and Ambrosi, D. (2017). Viscosity! Viscosity! Viscosity! Do Standard Measurements Matter?  Reviewed poster presented at the National Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.​

Ambrosi, D. (2017). Maximizing Cognitive-Communication Function in Persons with Dementia. Invited seminar presented at The Medical and Aged Care in Alzheimer’s Disease Rehabilitation Summit Forum & "Sanming Project of Medicine" Launch Ceremony, Shenzhen, China.

Ambrosi, D. (2017). Advances in Neurorehabilitation: The Role of the Speech Language Pathologist.  Invited seminar presented at the 4th International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine for Developing Countries Summit, Shenzhen, China.

Nicholas, M., Brady Wagner, L., Ambrosi, D., Hunsaker, E., Pennington, S., Tierney, C., Savastano, M., Hildebrand, M., Felker, E.  (2016).  An Interprofessional Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) Based on Life Participation & the ICF.  Reviewed poster presented at the National Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA. 

Leung, M., Ball, L., Nicholas, M., & Ambrosi, D. (2015). A Novel Approach to Swallowing Assessment: Acoustic Capture & Analysis.  Reviewed poster presented at the National Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL.

Kiran, S., Stepp, C., Vega-Barachowitz, C., Ambrosi, D., & Perry, P. (2013). The Next Frontier in Rehabilitation: Connected Care Using Tablets, Cloud-Computing, & Other Technologies. Reviewed seminar presented at the National Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Ambrosi, D. and Hansen, E. (2012). “A Systematic Approach to Treating Patients with Disorders of Consciousness”. American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Ambrosi, D., Lewis, A., and Holmes, L. (2012). “The Speech Language Pathologist’s Role and Reach in a Developing Nation”.  American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Brady Wagner, L., Ambrosi, D., Herrmann, D., Boole, K., (2011). “Memory Disorders: Interventions and Support Across a Continuum of Care”. American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA

Ambrosi, D., Connor, M., and Holmes, L (2010). “The Implementation of FEES in Acute Rehab”. American Speech Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Ambrosi, D. (Sept. 2009). Waking Up: Facilitating Emergence from a Minimally Conscious State. Shaughnessy Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital. Salem, MA.

Ambrosi, D. (April 2008). How to Use Your UDS-PRO On-Demand Reports to Manage Your Rehabilitation Program. Uniform Data System User Group Conference. Orlando, Florida. 

Ambrosi, D. and Meninger, S. (Nov. 2004). Speaking Valve Manometry: Guiding Timely Trach Weaning and Decannulation. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Ambrosi, D. (Nov. 2002). Predictive Value of Functional Scores in Feeding Gastrostomy Tube (FGT) Removal. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Atlanta, GA.


Education

BA, Psychology, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
MS Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas

Curriculum Vitae