Dr. McCarthy Jacobson has been on the faculty at the MGH Institute of Health Professions since 1997. She teaches in the entry-level DPT program in the clinical neurology rehab courses, Orthotics,and Foundations of Diagnostic Screening courses. She also teaches in the post-professional Master of Science neurology curriculum.

She holds a joint position with the MGH Institute and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she has been a physical therapist for the past 23 years. Currently, she is a clinical expert physical therapist at Spaulding Rehab on the inpatient units, primarily treating those with neurologic and complex medical disorders. Additionally, she provides consults for patients with vestibular, balance, behavioral/cognitive, and movement disorders.

Dr. McCarthy Jacobson was also the independent evaluator for a joint Spaulding Rehab and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research study called: Study of Neurologic Recovery with Robotic Aids, which investigated whether robotic training of the upper extremity after stroke, aids in motor recovery after stroke.

She received the Institute's Nancy T. Watts Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2006 and is the past recipient of the Marjorie K. Ionta Clinical Excellence Award in Physical Therapy as well as a three-time recipient of the Spaulding Rehab Clinical Excellence Award. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the neurology section of the APTA.

  • BS, Physical Therapy, Northeastern University
  • MS, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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