Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Combined Doctor of Occupational Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (OTD/PhD)

The Occupational Therapy department offers a 6-year combined Doctor of Occupational Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (OTD/PhD) Program for students with exceptional academic promise and strong motivation for a career in research. This program builds on the professional education in the Entry-Level OTD program, providing students PhD training to pursue a research and academic career. Developed […]

Daniel Fulford, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Identification and treatment of severe mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), with additional interest in the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions to increase motivation for self-management across a variety of health problems; He uses a biopsychosocial framework to uncover mechanisms involved in human motivation: the drive to set, strive […]

Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OT, OTR, FAOTA

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Development of children and youth with disabilities and outcomes measurement. Her primary clinical practice focus has been in schools and other community programs serving children with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities. The primary focus of her research program has been development of conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound measures of activity, participation, and environment. She […]

Gael Orsmond, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Dr. Orsmond is a developmental and clinical psychologist whose research program focuses on social issues related to developmental disabilities. Her main areas of research are: Social and community participation of individuals with autism Promoting positive transition to adulthood for individuals with autism Sibling and family relationships in the context of […]

Kim T. Mueser, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Family psychoeducation, the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, psychiatric rehabilitation for serious mental illnesses, and the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and […]

Susan McGurk, PhD

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 […]