Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L

Susan Fasoli
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-4777
Office Location: 
Shouse- 265

Dr. Fasoli’s research has focused on the use of rehabilitation technologies to evaluate and treat persons with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. She has worked closely with engineers and neuroscientists on the design and implementation of robot-assisted therapy for adults and children with upper limb impairments due to stroke and cerebral palsy. Dr. Fasoli is a member of the BrainGate2 team at the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) at the Providence VA Medical Center and Brown University, where she has provided an OT perspective to research that involves control of an assistive robot via brain computer interface. She is currently running a pilot research study, funded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to examine the effects of robot-assisted therapy and cognitive strategy training for individuals with stroke.

Dr. Fasoli is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and has served on a number of committees for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She is a section editor for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and peer reviewer for several professional journals. During the summer months she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and sailing with family and friends.

Research Interests

Dr. Fasoli's clinical and research expertise is in upper extremity neurorehabilitation, with an emphasis on the effects of robot-assisted therapy for individuals after stroke, factors that contribute to motor recovery and learning, and outcome assessment.


1. Fasoli S.E. Rehabilitation Technologies to Promote Upper Limb Recovery after Stroke. In Gillen, G. & Nilson, D.M. (Eds.), Stroke rehabilitation: A function-based approach (5th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier, in press.
2. Fasoli, S.E. & Adans-Dester, C.A. A Paradigm Shift: Rehabilitation Robotics, Cognitive     Skills Training and Function after Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology, 2019; 10:1088. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.01088
3. Lin, S.H., Bosch, P.R., Rowe, V.T., Fasoli, S.E., & Langan, J. Utilization of Standardized Assessments and Online Resources in Stroke Rehabilitation. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2019; 7(4):1-22.
4. Fasoli, S.E., Ferraro, M., & Lin, Susan H. The Issue Is: Occupational therapy can benefit from an interprofessional rehabilitation treatment specification system. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2019; 73: 7302347010.
5. Fasoli, S. E. Assessing Roles and Competence. In Vining Radomski, M. & Trombly Latham, C. A (Eds.).  Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction (7th Ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013. p. 76-102.


AS, Occupational Therapy, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester MA
BS, Natural Sciences, Worcester State College, Worcester MA
MS, Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston MA
ScD, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University, Boston MA