• Additional Titles:Senior Researcher, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Education: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.
  • Office:CPR: 940 Commonwealth Ave
  • Phone:617-353-3549

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

Advisor for Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health

Sargent Core Curriculum

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences courses

View all profiles