Rawan AlHeresh, MScOT, PhD, OTR/L

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Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-0605
Office Location: 
Shouse - 263

Rawan AlHeresh, MScOT, OTR/L, PhD, earned a number of degrees worldwide including a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from University of Jordan, Amman, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University, West London. In 2011, Dr. AlHeresh moved to the United States to complete her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Boston University in 2015. Dr. AlHeresh completed a two position-postdoctoral fellowship through the Health and Disability Research Institute at Boston University’s School of Public Health, and as a visiting scientist at the Tufts University's occupational therapy department where she received training on modern methods of assessments of rehabilitation outcomes. 

Dr. AlHeresh is an expert in cross-cultural validation of Patient-Reported Outcomes, especially measuring function and participation among children and mental health globally. Dr. AlHeresh is the founder and Director of the "Toward an All-Inclusive Jordan" Initiative, an academic-community partnership model serving as a platform for education, clinical training, and advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities using Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Middle-East. 

Dr. AlHeresh has been named as the 2019-2021 Thomas S. Durant Fellow of refugee medicine, a prestigious award granted from the Massachusetts General Hospital department of global health to healthcare professionals serve-ing refugee populations and victims of complex humanitarian disasters. Dr. AlHeresh received this award in recognition of her work with Palestinian Refugees in Jordan. 

Thomas S. Durant Fellowship of Refugee Medicine. 06/01/2019 - 06/01/2022
Small Business Technology Transfer Grant. Role: Co-Investigator
Project Title: Development of a Functional Assessment for Children and Youth who are hospitalized.
Grant Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. 05/01/2019 - 04/01/2021

Research Interests

Patient-Reported Outcomes
Assessment development
Cross-cultural adaptation of OT assessment and intervention
Community Based Rehabilitation
Occupational and Social Justice among refugees
Health Disparities


BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
MS, Occupational Therapy, Brunel University, London, UK
Phd, Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA


Select Recent Publications

Abu-Dahab, S., AlHeresh, R., Malkawi, S., Wang, J., Saleh, M. (2020). Participation Patterns and Determinants of Participation of Young Children with Cerebral Palsy. Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 00: 1– 10.  

Mitchell Gillespie, B., Griffin, M., Hashim, H.,  AlHeresh, R.. August (2020). Sustainable support solutions for Community-Based Rehabilitation Workers in refugee camps: Piloting telehealth acceptability and implementation. Globalization and Health. 16, 82.  

Lu, R., Lloyd-Randolph, D., Jones, H., Connor, L. T., & AlHeresh, R. (2020). Assessing adherence to physical activity programs post-stroke at home: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, August 1-12. 

AlHeresh, R., & Cahn, P. (2020) Expanding Rehabilitation Services through International Academic-Community Partnerships. Annals of Global Health. 86 (1), p.71.  


Select Recent Presentations

AlHeresh, R. & AlHiyari, O. Clinical Training Opportunities with Community Stakeholders in Jordan. 6th Annual AlHussein Society International Conference: Networking and Sustainability. Dec 15th, 2020. Virtual Conference.  

Griffin, M., Hashim, H., Mitchell Gillespie, B., AlHeresh, R. Predicting Depression Among Jordanian Adults with Disabilities According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health. Virtual Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. October 29, 2020. Virtual Conference.  

Kramer, J., Fragala-Pinkham, M., Shore, B., AlHeresh, R. Assessing Activity Level Outcomes using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory- Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) family of measures. American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 74th Annual Meeting. September 25, 2020. Virtual conference.

Curriculum Vitae