Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L, is a Professor Emerita of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Fasoli’s research has focused on the use of rehabilitation technologies to evaluate and treat persons with stroke. 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. Her most recent pilot studies have investigated 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 the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She co-chairs the interprofessional ACRM Stroke ISIG Movement Interventions Task Force. She has served as a section editor for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a peer reviewer for several professional journals. During the summer months, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and sailing with family and friends. 

2018 - American Occupational Therapy Foundation Intervention Research Grant to support "A Paradigm Shift: Rehabilitation Robotics, Cognitive Skills Training, and Function"
2017 - Catherine Trombly Award for Contribution to Occupational Therapy Education and Research

  • 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 


Fasoli, S.E., Ferraro, M., Packel, A., Sisto, S.A., Van Stan, J.H., Whyte, J., Zanca, J.M. (2020, October 21). RTSS benefits, applications & resources (Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS): Principles and application in rehabilitation education, research, and clinical practice. [Virtual Conference]. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference. 

Lin, S.H., Fasoli, S.E., Pinto, S.M., & Katz, L. W. (2020, October 21). Introduction to the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Defining rehab treatments systematically. [Virtual Conference]. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference. 

Fasoli, S.E. & Adans-Dester, C. (2020, October 22). Robot assisted therapy & cognitive skills training to promote upper extremity functional recovery after stroke: A theory-based approach. [Virtual Conference]. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference.

Whyte, J., Dijkers, M.P., Fasoli, S.E., Ferraro, M., Katz, L.W., Norton, S., Parent, E., Pinto, S.M., Sisto, S.A., Van Stan, J.H., Wengerd, L. Recommendations for Reporting on Rehabilitation Interventions, American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: 2021; 100(1): 5-16. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001581  

Adans-Dester C., Fasoli S.E., Fabara E., et al. Can kinematic parameters of 3D reach-to-target movements be used as a proxy for clinical outcome measures in chronic stroke rehabilitation? An exploratory study. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2020;17(1):106. Published 2020 Aug 8. doi:10.1186/s12984-020-00730-1 

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 

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. 

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. 

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