Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L

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

Susan Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her clinical background is primarily in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings, with an emphasis on motor performance and functional independence for persons with neurological diagnoses.
Dr. Fasoli has held a variety of clinical, academic, and research positions during her OT career, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and text book chapters on rehabilitation robotics & technology and occupational therapy for persons with physical disabilities.

She first became involved with rehabilitation robotics during her post-doctoral fellowship in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT, and has worked closely with engineers and neuroscientists since that time on the design and implementation of robot-assisted therapy for adults and children with upper limb impairments due to stroke and cerebral palsy.

In collaboration with other researchers in the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) at the Providence VA Medical Center and Brown University, Dr. Fasoli has studied the use of rehabilitation technologies to evaluate and treat persons with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. She is a member of the BrainGate2 team, providing an OT perspective to research that involves control of an assistive robot via brain computer interface. She has a strong interest in designing and testing research protocols that integrate rehabilitation technology with conventional OT practice, with the goal to optimize client outcomes and participation in valued activities and life roles through evidence-based practice.

Dr. Fasoli is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has served on a number of committees for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She serves on the editorial board of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a peer reviewer for several professional journals. During the winter months she enjoys her role as a ski instructor for children with autism and developmental delay at a local ski area.

Dr. Fasoli will be teaching a number of courses within the Occupational Therapy program, including Movement, Context & Occupational Performance; Research Process; Splinting, Orthotics & Prosthetics; and OT in Physical Dysfunction. She also will be leading clinical research projects in which students will gain first-hand experience in robot-assisted neurorehabilitation of upper limb motor impairments and functional recovery of persons with stroke and other neurological diagnoses.

Research Interests

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Recovery of motor function after stroke
  • Rehabilitation robotics and technology
  • Addressing functional needs of persons with severe motor impairments through brain computer interface


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.

Fasoli, S.E., Ladenheim, B., Mast, J. & Krebs, H.I. New horizons for robot assisted therapy in pediatrics. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2012; 91(11 Suppl. 3): S280-9.

Fasoli S.E. Rehabilitation Technologies to Promote Upper Limb Recovery. In Gillen, G. (Ed.), Stroke rehabilitation: A function based approach (4th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier; in press.

Fasoli, S. E., Krebs, H. I., Stein, J., Frontera, W. R., Hughes, R., & Hogan, N.  Robotic therapy for chronic motor impairments after stroke: Follow-Up Results. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2004;85:1106-11.

Fasoli, S. E., Trombly, C. A., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Verfaellie, M. H.  The effect of instructions on functional reach in persons with and without cerebrovascular accident.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2002;56:380-90.


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

Curriculum Vitae