Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L, is a Professor Emerita of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Fasoli’s research has focused on the use of rehabilitation technologies to evaluate and treat persons with stroke. She has worked closely with engineers and neuroscientists on the design and implementation of robot-assisted therapy for adults and children with upper limb impairments due to stroke and cerebral palsy. Dr. Fasoli is a member of the BrainGate2 team at the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) at the Providence VA Medical Center and Brown University, where she has provided an OT perspective to research that involves control of an assistive robot via brain-computer interface. Her most recent pilot studies have investigated the effects of robot-assisted therapy and cognitive strategy training for individuals with stroke. 

Dr. Fasoli is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She co-chairs the interprofessional ACRM Stroke ISIG Movement Interventions Task Force. She has served as a section editor for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a peer reviewer for several professional journals. During the summer months, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and sailing with family and friends. 

2018 - American Occupational Therapy Foundation Intervention Research Grant to support "A Paradigm Shift: Rehabilitation Robotics, Cognitive Skills Training, and Function"
2017 - Catherine Trombly Award for Contribution to Occupational Therapy Education and Research

  • AS, Occupational Therapy, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester MA 
  • BS, Natural Sciences, Worcester State College, Worcester MA 
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston MA 
  • ScD, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University, Boston MA 

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

Recommendations for Reporting on Rehabilitation Interventions.

Can kinematic parameters of 3D reach-to-target movements be used as a proxy for clinical outcome measures in chronic stroke rehabilitation? An exploratory study.

A Paradigm Shift: Rehabilitation Robotics, Cognitive Skills Training and Function after Stroke.

Utilization of Standardized Assessments and Online Resources in Stroke Rehabilitation

The Issue Is: Occupational therapy can benefit from an interprofessional rehabilitation treatment specification system.  


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

RTSS benefits, applications & resources (Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS): Principles and application in rehabilitation education, research, and clinical practice at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference. 

Introduction to the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Defining rehab treatments systematically at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference. 

Robot assisted therapy & cognitive skills training to promote upper extremity functional recovery after stroke: A theory-based approach at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference.

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