Lab Team

Photo of the Brain Recovery Lab team fall 2018

Brain Recovery Lab Team

Lab Director

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Director of the Brain Recovery Lab
Department of Physical Therapy
(617) 643-9237



Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, FAPTA is Professor and Director of the Brain Recovery Lab, in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute. Her lab’s focus is to understand the pathophysiology of motor impairment and develop novel rehabilitation interventions for neurologic disorders, such as dystonia and stroke.

Her research helped to pioneer the use of neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation in the investigation of rehabilitation-related areas. Her work is funded through the National Institutes of Health, private foundations and industry partners. She serves on the Foundation for Physical Therapy Scientific Review Committee and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Read more about Dr. Kimberley.


Research Fellow

Isha Vora


Isha Vora, MS/OTR/L
Brain Recovery Lab



Isha Vora, MS, OTR/L is Research Occupational Therapist in the Brain Recovery Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She completed her masters in occupational therapy at Boston University. Prior to this, she was an acute care therapist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where she developed a clinical interest in upper extremity rehabilitation and visual perceptual disorders especially in the acute and critical periods following neurologic injury. Read more about Isha Vora.

Lab Manager

Megan Peterson

Megan Peterson
Lab Manager
Brain Recovery Lab
(617) 643-6564



Megan Peterson is the Lab Manager of the Brain Recovery Lab under the direction of Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT. Prior to this, Megan assisted in research at Emory University, in both the Psychology Department and the Program in Linguistics.

2018 Interns

Photo of the Brain Recovery Lab Team

Left to right, Brain Recovery Lab Team Hunter Rice, Megan Peterson, Teresa Kimberly, Claire Pernat, and Ygor Oliveira

Claire Pernat
Claire Pernat is an intern in the Brain Recovery Lab. She is currently pursuing a BS in Biology and a BA in Community Health at Tufts University. Prior to this, Claire assisted in research at the University of Minnesota in the Program in Health Disparities Research.

Ygor Oliveira
Ygor Oliveira is an intern of the Brain Recovery Lab, and an undergraduate studying Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has an interest in health-related fields and research.

Hunter Rice
Hunter Rice is an intern at the Brain Recovery Lab. During the academic year, he attends Cornell University studying neurobiology and behavior. Previously, Hunter assisted research into neurodevelopmental disorders at the Yale School of Medicine.