Elizabeth R. Whitney, PhD, MSPT

Beth R. Whitney, PhD, MSPT

Beth Whitney
Title
Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor, Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, BU School of Medicine
Office
MED: 72 East Concord Street
Email
ewhitney@bu.edu
Phone
617-414-2338
Education
PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicin, 2005
MS in Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, 1996
BS in Physical Therapy, Simmons College, 1988
Website or Lab
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Whitney received her B.S. in physical therapy from Simmons College, M.S. in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Whitney is the course director for the Dental Anatomical Sciences-I course. She also teaches in the Dental Anatomical Sciences-II and Medical Gross Anatomy courses. Her research efforts are aimed at examining the neuropathology in autism and its relationship to the developmental timing of this disorder. Using immunohistochemistry and standard histological staining techniques, the cerebellar organization as well as the relative density of neuronal subpopulations in the autistic cerebellum are examined.  The study of cerebral cortical organization, using immunohistochemistry, is also being pursued. Based on the known timing and sequence of CNS developmental events, our data has been useful in gaining insight into the timing of the pathology in the autistic brain.

MSOT Courses Taught

In this foundation neuroscience course, the student will be presented with topics including histology of the central nervous system, gross anatomy and organization of the central nervous system, cross-sectional anatomy of the brainstem and spinal cord, autonomic nervous system anatomy and function, ascending sensory pathways, descending motor pathways, cranial nerves: location, fibers course and function, vasculature of the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord, visual system, vestibular system, auditory system, cerebellum, basal ganglia, cerebral cortical structure and function, limbic system: learning and memory, and development and normal aging of the nervous system. In addition to an in depth discussion of the neuroanatomy of each of the above systems and structures, each topic will have an applied component in which students will investigate the impact of these systems and structures on function. Students will be presented with case studies in class and in the lab portion of the course which reinforce the clinical application of the course topics. In lab, students will also conduct exercises related to the testing of neurological function and investigate neuranaotmic structures using brain atlases and images. (Credits: 4)

Please note that BU is transitioning to the Entry-level OTD program.