Susan McGurk, PhD

Susan McGurk, PhD

Susan McGurk
Senior Researcher, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR)
Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
CPR: 940 Commonwealth Ave
PhD in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989.
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992.
Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996.
Website or Lab
Center for Psychiatric Rehab (CPR)
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Susan R. McGurk, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist, is Professor of Occupational Therapy and a member of the Center of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Her research has addressed the role of illness-related cognitive impairments in employment outcomes in persons with severe mental illness. McGurk and colleagues have developed the Thinking Skills for Work Program, a multi-component cognitive remediation program combining computer practice of cognitive skills and the teaching of compensatory strategies in order to optimize cognitive and work functioning in persons receiving vocational rehabilitation services. Dr. McGurk was the recipient of a National Alliance of Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award (1997-1990) and Independent Investigator Award (2010-2012), the 2004 Rehabilitation Practitioner of Distinction Award by the National Rehabilitation Association, and the 2007 Gerard Hogarty Award for Excellence in Schizophrenia Research, and is the principal investigator of several ongoing studies evaluating the Thinking Skills for Work Program in persons with severe mental illness receiving vocational services. Her research has been funded by NIMH, NIDRR, and NARSAD.

For more information, please visit Dr. McGurk’s bio on the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) website.

Courses Taught

BS in Behavior and Health (BSBH)

Advisor for Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health

Sargent Core Curriculum

Freshmen Seminar. Exploration of the roles and functions of the health and rehabilitation disciplines. Introduction to the health care system and its impact on society. Sargent students only. (Credits: 2)

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences courses (PhD)

A seminar for doctoral students that focuses on a different topic each semester. (Credits: Var)

This seminar allows for a discussion of topics of interest to doctoral-level students in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences, and is designed to provide insight in 1) curricular aspects of the PhD program, 2) mentor-mentee relationship, 3) skills necessary for PhD graduates entering the field of rehabilitation sciences with a research doctorate, and 4) interdisciplinary nature of the field of rehabilitation. This course enhances the student's ability to successfully complete the PhD program by working on skills needed to write and critically review IRB proposals, research manuscripts and research grant proposals, to outline ethical dilemmas in research, to formulate and disseminate a line of inquiry, and to distinguish various career paths. Literature addressing these issues will be used throughout to illustrate the arguments. (Credits: Var)