Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L

Lisa Connor
Chair of Occupational Therapy, Professor; Associate Director of Research
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-7153
Office Location: 
Shouse - 243

Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L, is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and Associate Director of Research at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Connor earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology and her MS in Occupational Therapy at Washington University. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Georgia Institute of Technology in cognitive aging and at the Boston VA Medical Center in adult communicative disorders.

Dr. Connor’s research focuses on understanding the neural, behavioral, and psychosocial predictors of recovery and participation in people with stroke both with and without aphasia.

Dr. Connor is an internationally recognized speaker and has extensively published peer‐reviewed texts, articles, and book chapters. She has been a peer reviewer for many scholarly journals including Stroke; New England Journal of Medicine; Behavioural Neurology; Brain & Language; Aphasiology; American Journal of Speech‐Language Pathology; Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair; and American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

She is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).

Research Interests

Dr. Connor’s research provides quantitative data to model recovery and community participation in stroke survivors to optimize the delivery of rehabilitation interventions. The goal of this work is to create evidence-based, targeted interventions to enable people post-stroke to participate more fully in community life.


Lindsten-McQueen K, Weiner NW, Wang H-Y, Josman N, Connor LT. Systematic review of apraxia treatments to improve occupational outcomes. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 2014, 34(4):183-192. doi:10.3928/15394492-20141006-02

Fucetola RP & Connor LT. Family ratings of communication largely reflect expressive language and conversation-level ability in people with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2015. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0135.

Bland MD, Sturmoski A, Whitson M, Harris H, Connor LT, Fucetola R, Edmiaston J, Huskey T, Carter AR, Kramper M, Corbetta M, Lang CE. Clinician adherence to a standardized assessment battery across settings and disciplines in a post-stroke rehabilitation population. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013, 94:1048-1053.

Bland MD, Whitson M, Harris H, Edmiaston J, Connor LT, Fucetola R, Carter A, Corbetta M & Lang C. Descriptive data analysis examining how standardized assessments are used to guide post-acute discharge recommendations for rehabilitation services after stroke. Physical Therapy 2015,95:710-719. doi:10.2522/ptj.20140347.

Eriksson G, Baum MC, Wolf TJ, Connor LT. Perceived participation after stroke: The influence of activity retention, reintegration, and perceived recovery. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 2013, 67:e131-e138.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list.

See Dr. Connor's research abstracts on PubMed.


BA, Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
MA, Experimental Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
PhD, Experimental Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
MS, Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Curriculum Vitae