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First PhD Degree To Be Offered The MGH Institute will now offer an interdisciplinary PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. It will focus on educating clinical practitioners to conduct research that will lead to improved rehabilitation outcomes for people with impairments in movement, physical development, communication, or cognition. “A hallmark of the MGH Institute degree has always been excellence in clinical practice. Our graduates make an immediate impact in their profession,” said President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our new PhD program creates a further opportunity for excellence in research and the generation of new knowledge in the rehabilitation disciplines.” With the PhD program, which is scheduled to begin in September 2012, the MGH Institute will offer the full range of academic degrees: baccalaureate, master’s, clinical doctorate, and now a research doctorate. Rehabilitation professionals already licensed in a rehabilitation field such as physical or occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation continued on page 14

MGH Institute Assistant Professor Marjorie Nicholas, right, and colleague Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, left, working with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Lending a Hand Associate Professor Marjorie Nicholas helps Gabrielle Giffords recover from shooting When former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received a standing ovation at President Obama’s State of the Union address in January, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Associate Professor Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, couldn’t help but smile. That’s because Dr. Nicholas had recently assisted the Arizona Democrat relearn many of the communication skills lost in the aftermath of a January 2011 shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded. continued on page 15

The Stories Behind Commencement 2012 Commencement is rich with pomp and circumstance and new beginnings. But if you look a little closer, each of the 423 new members of the Class of 2012 has his or her own story about the experience at the MGH Institute. The following are a few of those stories. When Adeha Bodas and Chaitahya Deo began the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program in 2010, sparks flew – although not the romantic kind. Although the two students discovered they grew up 25 minutes from each other in their native India, Bodas wanted nothing to do with Deo when she first met

him at the Institute. She considered Deo rude, while he found Bodas too uptight. But as is often the case, things began to thaw over time. That first semester’s animosity became second semester’s friendship, which led to them becoming engaged during the program’s third and final term. continued on page 8

Adeha Bodas and Chaitahya Deo found more than a love for physical therapy while at the MGH Institute.

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The Graduate  

Summer 2012 edition of the alumni newsletter for the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

The Graduate  

Summer 2012 edition of the alumni newsletter for the MGH Institute of Health Professions.