Susan Fasoli, ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Visiting Scientist in Engineering
Research Health Scientist, Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology
VA Providence Healthcare System
Dr. Fasoli’s clinical and research expertise is in the area of upper extremity neurorehabilitation, with an emphasis on rehabilitation robotics, outcome assessment, and assistive technology. Her primary roles on the BrainGate2 team include the selection and implementation of functional assessments and tasks to be performed with an assistive robot or prosthetic device, and assisting with experimental designs that explore neural mechanisms underlying robot control. Her strong foundation in occupational therapy and experience in neurorehabilitation research contribute well to team efforts to advance BCI control and functional capacity of persons with severe motor impairments.
During more than 25 years of occupational therapy practice, Dr. Fasoli has gained expertise in treating individuals with neurologic disorders, including ALS, high-level SCI, and stroke. She received a research doctorate in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University in 2000, and completed at post-doctoral fellowship in rehabilitation robotics in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters in the areas of robot-assisted therapy and occupational therapy for persons with physical disabilities.