Rachel Pittmann, MS-HPEd, MS-CCC-SLP, is the Director of the Charles A. & Ann Sanders Impact Practice Center (IPC). In this role, she provides leadership in implementing and evaluating innovations taking place within the IPC, and oversees its mission as an exemplary interprofessional learning environment wherein healthcare delivery and scholarship take place. Until 2021 she was the MGH IHP’s Coordinator of the Aphasia Center in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Prior to this position, she was on the faculty at The George Washington University in Washington DC where she split her time teaching undergraduate and graduate classes as well as supervising graduate students in their in-house practicum experience. Before joining the academic world she worked as an outpatient speech-language pathologist focusing on the evaluation and treatment of adults with neurological communication disorders in multiple health care settings across the country.

  • BS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Boston University
  • MS, Health Professions Education, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Rishi, P. Nunn, K., Pittmann, R., Arbel, Y., & Vallila-Rohter, S. “Identifying individual learning profiles for errorless and errorful aphasia therapy.” Poster presented at the Annual American Speech Language and Hearing Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Rishi, P., Nunn, K., Arbel, Y., Pittmann, R., Vallila-Rohter, S. “Examining Cognitive-Linguistic and Learning Abilities in PWA Utilizing Language Retrieval and Novel Object Pairing Tasks” presented at 2021 Academy of Aphasia’s 59th Annual Meeting on October 24, 2021.

Baldwin, J., Pittmann, R., Sabo, K. "From, with and about Wellness-an Interprofessional Approach to Group Health" American Physical Therapy Association presented at 2021 Combined Sections Meeting

Plummer, L. Knab, M., Riotte, M., Baldwin, J., Worek, A. Pittmann, R., Sabo, K., Hildebrand, M., Mack, A., Cruz, A. “Leading an interprofessional practice pivot: From onsite to virtual in a hot minute.” Lightning talk presented at NEXUS Summit 2020, virtual on August 20, 2020.

Sabo, K., Pittmann, R., Baldwin, J. “From, With and About Wellness-An Interprofessional Approach to Group Health.” Poster presented at the NEXUS Summit 2020, virtual on August 6, 2020.

Pittmann, R., Interprofessional Collaboration in an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP): Outcomes & Lessons Learned Across Three Years. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Annual Conference, Boston, MA on March 28, 2020.

Nicholas, M., Pittmann, R., Pennington, S., Savastano, M., Senecal, E., Hildebrand, M., Brady Wagner, L., Ambrosi, D., “S-IHP's CAP: Interprofessional Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program for Life Participation: Lessons Learned Across Three Years.” 1-hour seminar to the American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA on November 17, 2018.

Wilner, A., Nicholas, M., Vallila-Rohter, S., Zipse, L., Pittmann, R., “Processing of Observed Action Events in People With Aphasia (PWA).” Poster presentation at the American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA on November 16, 2018.

Navedo, D., Flynn, M., Pittmann, R., Inzana, R.; Grobecker, P., Edwards, R, “One Size Does Not Fit All: A mixed-methods approach to focusing faculty development needs assessment.” Poster presented at the Royal College Simulation Summit 2018, Ottawa, Canada on September 28, 2018.

Reidy, P., Pittmann, R., Gona, C. Doherty, R., Knab, M., Baldwin, J., Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership for Chronic Care Management. Presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) 44th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Nicholas, M., Pittmann, R., Pennington, S., Connor, L., Ambrosi, D., Brady Wagner, L., Hildebrand, M., Savastano, M. (2021). Outcomes of an Interprofessional Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program’s first five years. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/10749357.2021.1970452.

Gallée, J., Pittmann, R., Pennington, S., & Rohter, S. V. (2020). The Application of Lexical Retrieval Training in Tablet-Based Speech-Language Intervention. Frontiers in Neurology, 11, 1415.

Curtis, S., Nicholas, M., Pittmann, R. & Zipse, L. (2019) Tap your hand if you feel the beat: differential effects of tapping in melodic intonation therapy, Aphasiology, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2019.1621983

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