John Wong, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions. He obtained his BA (Biology) from New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL and is PhD (Biochemistry & Cell Biology) from Rice University, Houston, TX. Before coming to the Institute, he carried out postdoctoral research at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Emory University.

Dr. Wong currently teaches nursing and occupational therapy students in research-related courses. He employs teaching strategies in active learning in a learner-centered approach. In 2019 and 2020, he took nursing and occupational therapy students to China for global health immersion after helping to establish an academic exchange program between IHP and a private hospital in China.

Dr. Wong has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and was a co-author of numerous peer-reviewed or invited presentations. He provides support in quantitative research methods to students and faculty in our Direct Entry Masters of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Entry Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs and has served on a dissertation committee in our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program.

Regarding his service at the Institute level, Dr. Wong currently is the Chair of the Faculty Senate and serves on the Strategic Plan Steering Group. At the school level, he serves on the School of Nursing Awards & Recognition Committee after previously serving on the Evaluation Committee, Peer Review Committee, Nominating Committee, and several task forces.

  • BA, Biology, New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL
  • PhD, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX

Dr. Wong’s research focuses on cell signaling, inflammation, stress, and health outcomes. He studies the role of stress-induced biochemical signaling pathways in the development of inflammatory diseases and inflammation-mediated diseases. Dr. Wong also examines the risk factors, clinical assessments, and interventions of neurological disorders. He his currently collaborating with researchers at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and several institutions in China. 

Dr. Wong has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Wong's publications on Google Scholar or in his CV. 

Financial impacts and community resources utilization of children with feeding difficulties. 

A scoping review of treatments for the vegetative and minimally conscious states. 

Barriers, challenges, and supports to the implementation of standardized patients and simulated environments by occupational therapy education programs.

Association of peripheral manifestation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor with depression: A meta-analysis.

Students Tele-All: Self efficacy and self-reflection as measures of student success in telepractice training.


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

Revisiting criteria for emergence from the minimally conscious state.

Students Tele-All: Self-efficacy and self-reflection as measures of student success in telepractice training.

Examining the financial impacts and community resources utilization of children with feeding difficulties.

Occupational therapy Level II Fieldwork students’ utilization of evidence-based practice to promote client-centered care.

The cultural value of interdependence in China: Implications for OT in the United States.

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Awards and Honors

Partners in Excellence Team Award, 2017

Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership for Chronic Care Team

Partners in Excellence Team Award, 2013

Campus Expansion Team

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