John Wong, PhD

John Wong profile
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 724-3623
Office Location: 
Shouse - 234

John Wong, PhD, is 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.  Before coming to the Institute, he carried out postdoctoral research at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in hematology and oncology at Emory University. He currently teaches research-related courses and provides support in quantitative research methods to students and faculty.

Partners in Excellence Team Award – Interprofessional Healthcare Partnership for Chronic Care Team (2017)
Partners in Excellence Team Award – Campus Expansion Team (2013)

Research Interests

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 disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Wong also examines genetic, biological, and social factors associated with recovery from cytotoxic chemotherapy, stroke, and disorders of consciousness.


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



Abu‐Dahab, S. M.N., Alheresh, R. A., Malkawi, S. H., Saleh, M., Wong, J. (2020). Participation patterns and determinants of participation of young children with cerebral palsy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 1– 10. 

Bjorkman, A., Mack, A., Wong, J., & Doherty, R. Simulated Learned Experiences (SLE) and the development of clinical reasoning skills in entry-level occupational therapy learners. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference & Expo; March 26, 2020; Boston, MA.

Han, Z., Qi, L., Xu, Q., Xu, M., Cai, L., Wong, J., Hu, X., Luo, X., Wang, J., Zhang, Y., Li, Y., & Wang, Q. M. (2020). BDNF Met allele is associated with lower cognitive function in post-stroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 34(3), 247-259.

Holle, C. L., Sundean, L. J., Dellefield, M. E., Wong, J., & Lopez, R. P. (2019). Examining the beliefs of skilled nursing facility directors of nursing regarding BSN completion and the impact of nurse leader education on patient outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(2), 57-60. doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000710

Hill, R., Wong, J., & Thal, R. (2019). Formative assessment and its impact on student success. Nurse Educator, 44(1), 4. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000530

Cui, S., Xu, M., Huang, J., Wang, Q. M., Lai, X., Nie, B., Shan, B., Luo, X., Wong, J., & Tang, C. (2018). Cerebral responses to acupuncture at GV24 and bilateral GB13 in rat models of Alzheimer's disease. Behavioral Neurology, 2018, 8740284. doi:10.1155/2018/8740284

Wong, J., Tran, L. T., Lynch, K., Wood, L. J. (2017). Dexamethasone exacerbates cytotoxic chemotherapy induced lethargy and weight loss in female tumor free mice. Cancer Biology & Therapy, 19(1), 87-96. doi:10.1080/15384047.2017.1394549

Jandhyala, D. M., Wong, J., Mantis, N. J, Magun, B. E., Leong, J. M., & Thorpe, C. M. (2017). A novel zak knockout-mouse with a defective ribotoxic stress response. Toxins, 8(9), E259. doi:10.3390/toxins8090259


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


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