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Julie Shulman, PhD, PT, DPT, PCS

 Julie Shulman, PhD(c), PT, DPT, PCS

Julie Shulman

Doctoral Student

What year did you start the program? 2016

What are your prior degrees and with which institutions?
BS, Health Science, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005
BS, Biology, Duquesne University, 2005
DPT, Duquesne University, 2007

What was your research setting(s), mentor’s name and name of lab?
I work with several mentors and Harvard Faculty at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center (PPRC) at Boston Children’s Hospital in Waltham. Navil Sethna, MBchB, Clinical Director of the PPRC, Boston Children's Hospital, is my primary research mentor. 

What did your research focus on?
My current research focuses on pain management in children with chronic pain disorders. I am investigating a new test to determine if it can distinguish between children with and without chronic pain disorders.  This test may help determine if children with chronic pain disorders have a sensitized nervous system.  I am also researching physical and occupational performance outcomes in children with chronic headaches treated with intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation. 

What do you think is special about the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program here at the MGH Institute?
The faculty at IHP is welcoming and supportive. Additionally, working with other students and faculty of varying disciplines provides unique insights and perspectives into my own work. 

Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?
I was already working at Boston Children’s Hospital with children with chronic pain and did not want to leave my job to pursue my education. 

What are your goals for the future?
I hope to obtain a position as a researcher in the department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital and continue to  investigate chronic pain in children and the effects of physical therapy interventions with my colleagues.