Shape the future of rehabilitation

We train and mentor professionals - scientists - to conduct research in health and rehabilitation-related fields and who want to develop their clinical research skills. In our PhD program, join outstanding clinicians, engineers and other masters prepared individuals working to find new ways to improve the lives of patients and make a contribution to rehabilitation science.

Our Program

Become an outstanding rehabilitation scientist working to find new ways to improve the lives of patients. Our PhD program prepares you to conduct high-quality rehabilitation research in academic, research, and/or healthcare settings.

Degree Programs

 Drs. Jordan Green and Tiffany Hogan arrived at the MGH Institute in 2013 to help start the school’s research initiative.


One of fewer than 20 such programs in the country, the MGH Institute program provides students the opportunity to work with internationally renowned experts in the heart of the U.S. medical community.

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    Interdisciplinary Composition

    A hallmark of the program is the interdisciplinary composition of its faculty, curriculum, and student body. Students come from a mix of rehabilitation-related disciplines, including but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation nursing, and/or physiatry/rehabilitation medicine.

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    Careers & Outcomes

    Graduates from the program are well prepared to pursue a research-oriented career in academic, research, and/or healthcare settings. Advanced research training can result in greater long-term earnings according to a study of Physical Therapists.

    Our Executive Committee

    Our interdisciplinary faculty includes leaders in rehabilitation from the MGH Institute’s academic disciplines, as well as those at Harvard Medical School, MIT, Mass General Brigham (Brigham and Women's, Massachusetts General, and Spaulding Rehabilitation hospitals), and other prestigious Boston-area institutions.

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    Elise Townsend, DPT, PhD, PCS

    Associate Professor Associate Director, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy

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    Chief Scientific Advisor Matina Souretis Horner Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences Director of the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab Office of Provost Communication Sciences and Disorders

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    Professor, Occupational Therapy Director, Cancer Rehabilitation (CaRe) Lab

    Marjorie Nicholas

    Chair, Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Prue Plummer, PhD, PT, BPhysio(Hons)

    Professor Physical Therapy Cognitive-Motor Behavior Lab

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    Professor and Associate Dean of Research Jacques Mohr Chair Nursing

    Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, FAPTA

    Professor, Physical Therapy Director of the Brain Recovery Lab

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    Director of the SAiL Literacy Lab Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders Research: SAiL Literacy Lab

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    Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group Communication Sciences and Disorders Director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program

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    Research Opportunities

    Prospective students should identify a potential Research Mentor who is willing to work with them as part of the pre-application process.

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