Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT
Director of the Brain Recovery Lab; Director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program; Professor
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, 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. She has an appointment as Research Staff at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Neurology, and as Core Faculty in the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery.

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, is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, and is on the editorial board of the Physical Therapy Journal.


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


Dickie DA, Kimberley TJ, Pierce D, Engineer N, Tarver BW, Dawson J. An Exploratory Study of Predictors of Response to Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired with Upper-Limb Rehabilitation After Ischemic Stroke. Scientific Reports, in press.

Erler K, Cloutier A, Sloane K, Ranford J, Parlman K, Lam N, Fasoli S, Kimberley TJ, Finklestein S, Schwamm L, Hochberg L, Lin D. Functional Consequence of Spontaneous Upper Extremity Motor Recovery after Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2019 Oct: 100(10): e79.

Kimberley TJ, Prudente CN, Engineer ND, Pierce D, Tarver B, Cramer SC, Dickie AD, Dawson J. Study protocol for a pivotal randomised study assessing vagus nerve stimulation during rehabilitation for improved upper limb motor function after stroke, European Stroke Journal, 2019: 4(4):

Summers R, Chen M, MacKinnon C, Kimberley TJ. Effect of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation in cervical dystonia. Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, 2019: 12(2): 463-464.

Kimberley TJ, Prudente CN, Dawson J, Tarver B, Hays SA. Targeted vagus nerve stimulation for rehabilitation after stroke. Frontiers inNeuroscience, 2019 Mar: 13: 280. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00280

Kimberley TJ, Dawson J. Response by Kimberley and Dawson Regarding Article, “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke: A Blinded Randomized Pilot Study”. Stroke. 2019;50:e38. DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.024405

Kimberley TJ, Pierce D, Prudente CN, Grancisco GE, Yozbatiran N, Smith P, Tarver, B, Engineer N, Dickie DA, Kline DK, Wigginton JA, Cramer SC, Dawson J. Vagus nerve stimulation paired with upper limb rehabilitation after chronic stroke: a blinded randomized pilot study. Stroke, 2018 49(11), 2789. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.022279

Summers RLS, Chen M, Hatch A, Kimberley TJ. Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Corticospinal Excitability during Motor Training. Frontiers Human Neuroscience, 2018. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00118

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,  2018. 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, 2018. 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. Frontiers Neurology 2017:8;170.  doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00170

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 Therapy 2017 Jul;41 Suppl 3 Supplement, IV STEP Special Issue:S63-S72. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000182. PubMed PMID: 28628598.

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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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Curriculum Vitae

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.