Grace Kelso Damond, OTD, OTR/L is a Clinical Research Therapist in the SPAN Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Grace earned her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Boston University and her bachelor of science from Georgetown University. Grace has developed a passion for connecting clinical work and research throughout her career. Prior to this, she worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in elementary school, outpatient clinics,s and early intervention settings in the Washington, DC area. She highly values interprofessional education and practice and served as the President of the Interprofessional Education student group while at Boston University. She has also worked in various clinical and outcomes research roles including at the National Cancer Institute and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. 

  • Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, DC
  • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston, MA

Research Interests

Research interests include neurodevelopment, environmental impact on health and development, interprofessional practice and education, and health outcomes research.

Kelso Damond, G. (2022). Occupation-based developmentally supportive care for infants with congenital heart disease in the hospital environment: a review and recommendations for practice. Infants and Young Children. 35(1): 54-67. Doi:

[Kelso, G]. (2019). Cardiac conditions; obesity, diabetes and hypertension. In B.A.B. Schell & Gillen, G. (Eds.). Willard and Sparkman's occupational therapy. (13th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 

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