Jessica DeMarinis Asiello, OTD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, primarily for the online Post-Professional OTD program.

Her clinical practice is in acute care at Massachusetts General Hospital, with specialty experience in the ICU setting. She continues to collaborate with colleagues at MGH on clinical and scholarly activities. She is the principal investigator for an ongoing project on the value of OT in functional and cognitive evaluation of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) candidates.

She has co-authored peer-reviewed and professional publications and has presented her research at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, and the AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in human development from Cornell University and a Master of Science and Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Post-professional, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • OT practice in acute care and the ICU
  • Healthcare quality improvement
  • Functional recovery in cardiac and neurological populations
  • Transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Dr. Asiello has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Asiello's publications in her CV. 

Psychometric properties of light touch-pressure somatosensory measures in adults with neurologic disorders: A systematic review. 

Supporting health for the long haul: A literature synthesis and proposed occupational therapy self-management virtual group intervention for return-to-work.

Interdisciplinary stroke recovery research: The perspective of occupational therapists in acute care.

Neurobiological and memory models of risky decision making in adolescents versus young adults.


In addition, Dr. Asiello regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Pre-operative OT evaluations of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) candidates: Outcomes and impact on practice at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National Conference.

THINK-OT: Increasing understanding of the role of occupational therapy on the medicine service at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Nexus Summit.

Communicate to collaborate: Reframing communication for stronger parent-practitioner collaborative relationships at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National Conference.

Developing theories to solve OT practice problems: Applying the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National Conference.

Design thinking to spark innovation in post-professional OTD doctoral capstone projects at the AOTA Education Summit.

Awards and Honors

Pillars of Excellence Award: Advancing Innovation and Progress, 2022

Mass General Brigham