Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT
Professor, Director of the Brain Recovery Lab
Physical Therapy
Research: Brain Recovery Lab
(617) 643-9237
Office Location: 
Center for Health & Rehabilitation Research, Building 79/96 – Office 221

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, 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.


BS, Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Chen M, Lixandrao MC, Prudente CN, Summers RLS, Kimberley TJ. Short interval intracortical inhibition responses to low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation under multiple interstimulus intervals and conditioning intensities. Neuromodulation, in press. DOI: 10.1111/ner.12773​.

Prudente CN, Zetterberg L, Bring A, Bradnam L, Kimberley TJ. Systematic review of rehabilitation in focal dystonias: classification and recommendations. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, in press. DOI: 10.1002/mdc3.12574

Pirio Richardson S, Altenmüller E, Alter K, Alterman RL, Chen R, Frucht S, Furuya S, Jankovic J, Jinnah HA, Kimberley TJ, Lungu C, Perlmutter JS, Prudente CN and Hallett M. Research Priorities in Limb and Task-specific Dystonias. Front.Neurol. 2017:8;170.  doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00170PMID:28231250, DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0172152

Kimberley TJ, Body LA, Novak I, Fowler E, Larsen D. Stepping up to rethink the future of rehabilitation: IV Step considerations and inspirations. Journal of Neurologic Physical

Chen M, Summers RL, Goding GS, Samargia S, Ludlow CL, Prudente CN, Kimberley TJ. Evaluation of the Cortical Silent Period of the Laryngeal Motor Cortex in Healthy Individuals. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2017 Mar 7;11:88. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00088. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28326007

Summers RL, Chen M, Kimberley TJ. Corticospinal excitability measurements using transcranial magnetic stimulation are valid with intramuscular electromyography. PLOS One. 2017:12(2). :28231250, DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0172152

Carey JR, Chappuis DM, Finkelstein MJ, Frost KL, Leuty LK, McNulty AL, Oddsson LIE, Seifert EM, Kimberley TJ.  Importance and Difficulties of Pursuing rTMS Research in Acute Stroke: A Perspective.  Physical Therapy Journal, 2017: 97:310–319 DOI: 10.1093/ptj/pzx005

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Kimberley TJ. Physical and Occupational therapy in focal dystonia. Summer School of Rehabilitation in Movement Disorders. Fresco Institute for Italy/ New York University. Vicenza, Italy, 06/29/2017-07/01-2017

Kimberley TJ, Body LA, Novak I, Fowler E, Larsen D. Step IV: Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation, Summary Panelary speaker. Columbus Ohio, July 2016.

Kimberley TJ, Bradnam L. Can non-invasive brain stimulation improve dystonia? Western Sydney University. Penrith, NSW Australia. March 21, 2016.

Kimberley TJ. Clinical implications of non-invasive brain stimulation. Australia Physiotherapy Association. Sydney, NSW Australia. March 15. 2016.

Kimberley TJ. Non-invasive neuromodulation: implications for rehabilitation. University of Technology Sydney Graduate Schools of Health Distinguished Lecture. Sydney, Australia. June 1, 2016.

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Rewiring the Brain to Help Improve Rehabilitation

Brain Recovery Lab Director Dr. Teresa Kimberley is using innovative simulation techniques to improve patient outcomes after a stroke. Read more.