Katherine Golden, OTD, OTR/L
- PhD Student
What year did you start the program?
List your prior degrees and institutions
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions,
2021 BA, Biology, Boston College, 2018
What is your current research setting(s), mentor’s name and name of lab?
Mentor: Joseph T. Giacino, PhD, Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Lab: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.
What is your current research focused on (please provide a brief summary statement in layman’s terms?
My current focus is to learn how to measure rehabilitation outcomes in patients with disorders of consciousness or severe brain injury. I am interested in learning how to bridge the research to clinical practice gap toimprove use of evidence based practice and clinically driven scholarship.
What do you think is special about the PhD in RS program here at IHP?
The IHP partakes in a strong interconnected network of healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, and innovators in the Boston community which allows for great partnerships and mentorship opportunities across all professional settings.
Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?
I am excited to learn from and with my inter-professional peers and mentors. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, I believe we each have an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the infrastructures and systems impacting the quality of care our patients receive.
What are your goals for the future after you graduate?
I hope to continue to advocate for the field of occupational therapy and neurorehabilitation through a variety of involvements in clinical practice, research, and academia.