MGH Institute of Health Professions - 41st Commencement Ceremomy - 2021

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Table of Contents Today’s Program...……………………………………..……. Page 3 Commencement Speaker……………………………………. Page 4 Honorary Degree Recipient…………………………………. Page 5 Commencement Awards……………………………………. Page 6-7 2021 Degree and Certificate Recipients……………………... Pages 8-15 Leadership…………………………………………………... Page 16-17 Faculty……………………………………………………… Pages 18-24 History……………………………………………………… Pages 25-26 Academic Regalia…………………………………………… Page 27 Faculty Marshals…………..………………………………… Page 28 Acknowledgements…………………………………………. Page 29 Greetings from Alumni Relations…………………………… Page 30

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VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM CEREMONY OPENING Patrice Nicholas, Grand Marshal WELCOME Paula Milone-Nuzzo President and John Hilton Knowles Professor GREETINGS FROM MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL Peter L. Slavin, President, Massachusetts General Hospital COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS John Paul Bonadonna Doctor of Occupational Therapy Class of 2021 REMARKS Jeanette Ives Erickson Chair, Board of Trustees PRESENTATION OF HONORARY DEGREE Ann W. Caldwell President Emerita EMERGING LEADER ALUMNI AWARD Tesiah Mae Coleman, MS Nursing Class of 2019 BETTE ANN HARRIS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Melissa Harriette Tushman Agrimanakis, DPT Physical Therapy Class of 2010 REMARKS Alex F. Johnson Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Elaine Tagliareni Former Dean, School of Nursing Peter S. Cahn Associate Provost for Academic Affairs AWARDING OF DEGREES GREETINGS FROM ALUM Introduced by Alex F. Johnson CLOSING REMARKS Paula Milone-Nuzzo Please join us for a ZOOM cocktail party immediately following the ceremony. 3

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER JOHN PAUL BONADONNA Doctor of Occupational Therapy Class of 2021

John Paul Bonadonna grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, prior to pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he moved with his partner to Phoenix, Arizona, where he researched treatments for substance use disorders at Arizona State University. Due to his interests in neurological deficits and mental health, he chose to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy. During his time at the IHP, he has served as Vice President of the Student Government Association, founded the annual Cultural Science Day at Harvard Kent Elementary, founded the IHP Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter, and co-founded the IHP Mentorship Program for Underrepresented Groups in Healthcare. He now looks forward to a career as an occupational therapist in a neurorehabilitation setting and later intends on pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences.



Ann W. Caldwell began her career at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she was editor of the alumni magazine and from there went to Phillips Academy in Andover where she worked on communications and fundraising. As the Vice President for Planning and Resources at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Caldwell led Wheaton's first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign and oversaw the strategic plan for Wheaton's transition to coeducation, including a campus master plan. As Vice President for Development at Brown University, Caldwell led what was then the most successful fundraising campaign in the university's history, raising $534 million in five years. She was the first female chief development officer at an Ivy League institution. She became President of the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 1997. During her ten-year tenure, the Institute implemented a comprehensive clinical affiliation agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital; purchased, renovated, and moved into a new facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard; and received the largest gift in its history, $2 million from the Catherine Filene Shouse Foundation. The Institute introduced distance learning, with numerous courses and programs of study available online, as well as other new academic initiatives. She is currently a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and a nonprofit management consultant, focusing on strategic and governance issues for non-profit CEOs and boards. Caldwell has served on many non-profit boards, including the American College of Greece in Athens, the John Hope Settlement House, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She is the former chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Women in Higher Education. She is a member of The Boston Club and was a founding member and president of Boston's largest network of fundraising professionals, Women in Development. She is currently President of the Governing Board of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading and a director of Community Assistance Friends Enterprise (CAFÉ).


COMMENCEMENT AWARDS THE EMERGING LEADER ALUMNI AWARD The Emerging Leader Alumni Award, established in 2010, recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the health professions and the drive to develop innovative, effective, and responsible health care practices. The award is open to all alumni who have graduated with their first professional degree from any Institute academic program within the past ten years. It goes to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to his/her professional disciplines and/or health care in one or more of the following ways:  Implementing innovative models or programs that contribute to advancing the health professions and have the potential to change the health care landscape.  Committing to and promoting ethical health care practices in the local and/or global community.  Using their leadership role and skills to advocate for change and advancement while continuing to provide the highest quality of health care. The 2021 recipient is

Tesiah Mae Coleman, MS Nursing Class of 2019

Tesiah Coleman graduated from the Institute in 2019 with a Master’s in Nursing degree. Dedicated to equity and social justice, Tesiah is currently working at an innovative clinic for women of color that prioritizes making interdisciplinary and holistic care accessible via telehealth and through an online platform. While she was a student, Tesiah advocated academically, socially and within her research studies for marginalized communities and communities of color at the Institute. Following graduation, Tesiah analyzed and synthesized the data she gathered at the Institute to name and address structural, institutional, and societal racism. Her findings resulted in a paper published in The Journal of Nursing Education entitled, “Anti-Racism in Nursing Education: Recommendations for Racial Justice Praxis.” This paper provides a six-sided approach to addressing racism within a higher education program focused on training healthcare professionals. Her work is not only grounded within research, but it is based on praxis that was implemented due to her own initiatives or through close observation as a student on campus.


COMMENCEMENT AWARDS THE BETTE ANN HARRIS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD In 2005 and in recognition of the Twenty-fifth Commencement Ceremony, the Institute established the Distinguished Alumni Award to be conferred annually at Commencement. It is the highest form of recognition bestowed upon an alumna or alumnus of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. It is given to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and service in advancing health care through the professions and in support of the mission of the MGH Institute in one or more of the following ways:  Expanding and refining the scientific basis for clinical practice through research and scholarship.  Contributing to new models of practice to foster provision of effective, affordable, and ethical health care.  Contributing significantly to advancing the mission, reputation, and standards of the MGH Institute. The Distinguished Alumni Award is named in honor of Bette Ann Harris, the first degree recipient of the Institute, and Professor Emerita. The 2021 recipient is

Melissa Harriette Tushman Agrimanakis, DPT Physical Therapy Class of 2010

Melissa Agrimanakis graduated from the Institute’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2010. She is a Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Inpatient Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Melissa is dedicated to clinical care and helping spinal cord patients achieve their full potential; therefore, she marries her clinical and research pursuits to accomplish this goal. In 2016, she received a Clinical Scholar’s Independent Research Project award to investigate the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on gluteal and hamstring muscles to improve healing time for SCI patients with acute pressure sores. The outcomes of this project will provide further information on wound care, which is an ailment of significant concern for the SCI population. Imparting knowledge and skills to others is also fulfilling for Melissa, which means that you will often see her serving as a term lecturer, lab instructor, or full-time supervisor to IHP students. Outside of her professional life, Melissa is committed to serving the underserved. She travels to Haiti several times per year to provide pro bono care through her work with STAND: The Haiti Project. For a complete listing of School and Program Awards and Honors presented at individual School and Program ceremonies, please visit our website. 7

2021 DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN REHABILITATION SCIENCES Jasmine Urquhart Gillis Research Mentor: Dr. Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP Dissertation: The Interaction between Implicit and Explicit Learning in Children with Developmental Language Disorder – Evaluation and Clinical Implications Katherine L. Marks Hartigan Research Mentor: Dr. Daryush Mehta, PhD Dissertation: Toward Improved Assessment of Vocal Effort During Activities of Daily Living Kaila Lauren Stipancic Research Mentor: Dr. Jordan Green, PhD, CCC-SLP Dissertation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Motor Speech Assessment and Intervention Laura Elizabeth Toles Research Mentor: Dr. Robert E. Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP Dissertation: The Role of Daily Voice Use and Personality in the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Phonotrauma in Singers

CENTER FOR INTERPROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND INNOVATION Master of Science in Health Professions Education Tanja Katherine Adonizio Peter Chinhong Clairice A. Cooper Kate Dorney Jennifer Duran Neva Margaret Howard Tara L. Kelly Zahira Khalid

Schoen Wesley Kruse Paul Christopher Lee Rachel T. Pittmann Temple Andrew Ratcliffe Sarah Avery Teele Limin Wijaya Jorge Danilo Yarzebski


SCHOOL OF NURSING Doctor of Nursing Practice Elena Bizounok Edward Elliot Burch Laurie Ann Casale Angela Chyn Pauline Clarke Tamera M. Corsaro Rossana L. Encalada Veronica Erasquin Sean Francis Fahey Carlos Manuel Blanchard Filgueira Irina Ilieva Brenda Behnaz Kashi Paula S. Knotts

Adine Latimore Thu Anh Lewin Michaela Ann Mamary Tanya M. Martel Claire Ellen McConnell Rita J. Morin Lori Jean Pugsley Pamela F. Quinn Michelle M. Souris Mary E. Thomsen Linda Zieman

Master of Science in Nursing

Direct-Entry Nursing Master’s candidates will also receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Albert Francis Cudal Aba Joshua Michael Abrahams Danielle Elizabeth Agrella Timothy S. J. Ahn Doriann Debra Amadi Ryan John Andrews Rachel Sarah Aranson Andria Victoria Auger Alicia Avola Jordana Dalila Baez Ronnie Barboza Peter J. Bellefeuille Jr. Alexandra Belzer Catarina R. Bongiorni Robert D. Brown Deirdre J. Burke Molly Rose Callahan Olivia W. Chan Veronica M. Chen Mayeso K. Chithambo Kayla Marie Christofferson Adrianna L. Coelho Grace Walker Coviello Patrick Joseph Curran III Alexis V. Cushman Ana Rita Bastos De Sena Mellisa J. Deandrade Reya A. Demirozu Riya S. Dhamankar Alexis Nicole Dickinson Laurel Elizabeth Duffy Amy Dale Dushkin

Christina Stamatia Fasolas Marisa Adrienne Fox Andriana B. Friel Aleksandra Karolina Golly Elena V. Gomez Amanda Lynn Good Majida Goummih Devin Green Kelsey Lane Harbour Samantha K. Harris Jesyca Myrielle Herrera Michael J. Hitchner Mikyong Kim Dawn R. Kirsch Karlie Laine Kobylarz Megan McFarland Krouse Catherine Anne Kushner Liesel Katharine La Farge Emma L. LaChance Dimitri Lamisere Conor J. Larson Frances Joan LeBlanc Inricka Lufena Patreane Liburd Samantha Vivian Ly Ingrid Long Yun Ma Madeline J. Macaluso Manisha Marisetty Justin Anthony Marotta Kathleen G. Mathews Claire Margaret Mathon Whitney Marion McCarthy Megan L. McCarty 9

Maria Louise McGurrin Ashley Fuller McLellan Joseph Anthony Mercurio Kara E. Moloney Samantha McLean Cooligan Moran Alyson Ann Morse Clare Rachel Nathan Abigail R. Nebb Emily Elizabeth Norman Rosevelt Salvatore Nwokeji Augustine O. Oloyede Kofi Omane Gayatri Shrey Parikh Katherine Stephanie Perez Benjamin Thomas Piemont Gabriel Dale Porter Rebecca C. Rathburn Gabrielle M. Rioux Adelise J. Roberts Lisa Roy Sachs

Kaitlyn N. Sanders Sarah J. Santana Perkins Dahyana Paul Schlosser Allison Pym Whittier Seitz Natalie Seto Katherine Shelby Ekaterina Shilman Amanda Singerman Karlee Stahl Max Robert Stern Matthew David Sturzenegger Jessica Lee Tran Jacqueline R. Velasquez-Castaneda Pamela S. Webster Jessica L. Wilcoxson Rachel Williams Rachel Elizabeth Wilson Sheena Marie Wood Faith A. Woodside Elena M. Zarcaro

Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing Nina Schussler

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Carly A. Armstrong-Champ Katrina Anne Axios Heather Ashley Banks Hayden Miles Barber Cheryl E. Barry Jasmine K. Bath Kerrin A. Blake Miriam C. Bloom Cailin M. Boisvert Julianne Bransfield Alyssa Brown Julia R. Bugeau-Heartt Midgi Cadet Sarah M. Cali Megan C. Camp Lucas Carland Ashley Ann Centeio Kyla M. Corvino Jane Isabel Crowley Sonya Delcarmen Abreu Curiel Taylor Curro Sarah L. Dealy Talia Dellatto Jay Vijay Desai Anthony Michael DeSouza Gabrielle DiCalogero

Sarah Louise DiPerri Nicole Marie Donato Casey M. Douma Kayleigh Erin Dugan Kristen Durand Greta Karen Dylus Kristina Rose Enos Erndie Erase Danielle Espinosa Michelle L. Esposito Taylor Evangelista Nicole Alexandra Ferzoco Victoria Floren Foley Kaela Page Furman Lauren Elizabeth Gillis Mark Glebus Riley C. Goodwin Uryline Grandoit Adriana Juliette Green Jaclyn Garza Grenier Kristen Mira Gruidl Emily Elizabeth Guerriero Ella M. Haines Jaqueline K. Hale Marina Gracie Hartnick Lauren Elizabeth Hatala 10

Jenna S. Henningsen Griselda Vanessa Herrera Kai Alexandra Hill Carly Hokanson Monique G. Howard Catherine Ann Hutchison Trang Huynh Gregory James Iaccarino Demi Isenstadt Elizabeth P. Jackson Deborah Jean-Francois Molly C. Jenssen Christian M. Johnson Kathleen Mary Johnson Laura Kathleen Johnson Caroline Kahr Brenna Caileigh Keefe Jake W. Keenan Martha Jean Kelley Allison M. Kelsey Elizabeth M. Keohane Emma Marie Kern Dahyun M. Kim Kathryn King Kaela M. Kinnare Rebecca F. Kromah Ming-Tai Kuo Kelsey C. LaFreniere Makayla M. Landry Samantha Michele Lattarulo Eshe Chinyere Laurent Nicole Lebel Jong Soon Lee Nicole Lee Meng-Chen Lo Morgan F. Lowrey David Van Ly Emily Rose Macfarlane Kennedy Elizabeth Marshall Ian McKinnon Cameron Martin Joie Ann Mastandrea Taylor Matties Stephanie Marie Maze Kristin McHugh Stephanie Medor Allison E. Mello Jennifer Nicole Mercouris Sheska Vanessa Mignone Caitlin Michelle Milana Autumn Miller Nardine Nash Moawde Pooja I. Modi Christine Moon Tiereny Morrison-Rohlfs Eleni Moutsatsos

Erin Leigh Mullan Belinda Joy Nabukalu Yolande N. Njongue Caitlin M. O'Connor Christine Jane O'Donoghue Virginia A. Ogbeiwi Meghan Katherine Marie O'Loughlin Madeline Kelley O'Neil Kaya Oner Korey O'Rourke Crowley Deidra B. Oruma Charmiben D. Patel Andrew Stephen Pearce Kristin Elizabeth Pettini Ethan E. Pierce Jacquelyn E. Powers Lily Wen Rui Pratt Amanda M. Pruyn Natalya Pulaski MaryJo Raei Maggie Mason Raemer Cassidy T. Ramos Anne Forster Reilly Carissa Ann Reming Renee Jesi Rieves Ashley Elizabeth Rohall Genevieve Rose Ryder Lauren Elizabeth Sampson Molly Christine Sanford Ethan Daniel Schlotterbeck Dora Schreiber Irene Sefogbe Sabrina Seo Fiona Heather Shea Jaimie Shikles Leony Shnorhokian Brooke Shostek Jaclyn Hope Shuttleworth Miranda L. Smith Olivia Marie Smith Katherine M. Snee Kayla Tavares Soares Megan St Martin Kathryn Jane Stapleton Andrew Stevens Micaela Anne Stowe Kristen Marie Svenson Suku Laxmi Tamang Ivey Charmaine Telles Cecilia Thai William Thornton Alanna Tierney Meghan Leigh Tierney Cecellia Tran Juliet Tripaldi 11

Nancy Tsang Juliana P. Ucuz Kristin W. Vander Els Samantha C. Walker Renee Wang Cassandra Lillian Whelihan

Thomas Mark Wickham Meghan Kimberly Wu Samuel Zon-En Yen Daniel J. Yong Martin Kramer Zang

SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Sibyl J. Ambazhachalil Shahd Benafif Lori Priti Bharadwaj Morgan E. Booth Shannon Lee Bryant Alison Nicole Chan Nicole Alexandra Cortes Michelle Teresa Del Castillo Shaina Emily Dilalla Samia T. Elahi Allison S. Fiello Jess A. Frost Yuliya Geneva Brooke Lianne Goldstein Anna Victoria Gould Aliza Catharine Grant Priscilla Grillakis Alexandra Grace Hanson Ani Kathleen Harlan Liane S. Houde Courtney M. Jones Kayla J. Kenney Tatyana Kolesnikova Michael David La Scala Taylor Larsen Charlotte M. Lesure Jiayin Li Chanlynn Liao Alana Michele Luttinger Lindsay Ryann Marino Sarah Augusta Maron Jillian E. McCann

Alexa M. Metrano Eileen Lenore Miglio Amanda J. Miller Richard Monari Sarah Moser Kiattipoom Nantanukul Rachel Terra Norton Charles J. Nudelman June Okada Rosa Lynne Ortega Nicole Paquin Sydney Hirsch Peskin Gillian Elise Piccoli Preeti Rishi Erika Leigh Romagnoli Kayla Serafina Roman Alix Christa Rubio Anna Marie Schauer Elisandra S. Segal Ariana Yael Seidman Barbara Jeannette Spidle Chloe Renee Statho Alyssa Julie Torchon Megan Elizabeth Urbano Alessandra Verdi Kelly McKenna Walton Kristen Wehara Lauren Jeanne Welch Eilís Clare Welsh Li Zhang


Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language Kerri Jean Bisaga Janet L. Brown Tanya Jean Distefano Kimberly Anne French Asaad A. Fulton Kristin M. Keegan Marie Ripa

Lorie Simmonds Lucy M. Steer Amy Burnham Theriault Lauren Thompson Karolina Wade Sara M. Wishner Laura Zanin

Department of Genetic Counseling Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Abbie Jane Burney Rebecca L. Burns Melany P. Cruz Joselyn Saenz Díaz Erin Beatrice Falsey Abigail Finer Caitlin M. Finn Kelsey M. Fusco Emma Rachel Henricks Alice Iona Metz

Ryan C. Murtha Joseph R. Pagliarulo Kailey Ann Perez Gabriella G. Raffaele Antoine Rajkovic Cashel Rice Matthew B. Rich Alyx M. Vogle Sheyenne Amber Walmsley Megan Mariah Wirth

Department of Occupational Therapy Doctor of Occupational Therapy Samantha Vivianrose Abate Kimberly MacRae Ames Ariana Bader John Paul Bonadonna Courtney Morgan Brennan Kasey J. Brown Rachel M. Ciccarello Sara Elizabeth Corning Anna Ngoc Do Amanda Joy Downey Eliza S. du Pont Daniele M. Ehrlich Alicia Teresa Ferraro Lindsay Jean Ferrieri Katherine M. Golden Emily Grace Gomez Migena Guhacaj Kyndel Brianne Guyton Emily Elizabeth Handley Alexandra Dalao Haney Corinne R. Ianni Emily M. Idemoto

Christine Da Eun Jeong Heather M. Jones Ashley Rennae Juniper Jonathan Christopher Kabshura Allison Rose Klowan Tina W. Lai Nicole Chelsea Lam Amy Marie Lamont Faye Christina McGuire Kristin Whitney Messina Caite Marie O'Brien Jacqueline Rose Paquin Vivian Nguyen Phan Alyssa R. Regina Hannah Margaret Rowold Rachel Morgan Rubin Maya K. Shaanan Natasha Sanjiv Shah Katherine Joan Shaughnessy Kelsey Mays Sullivan Jenna Leigh Szostak Davide Mark Trinkley


Department of Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy Carly Arbeit Miriam Zehava Axelbaum Ryan Patrick Beierle Vinson Chen Haylie Christine Davis Sarah Nicole Dempsey Molly Emilia Donovan Julia Melanie Doucett Megan C. Erlandson Ramiro Escalera Fayola Oni Etienne Christina Marie Fernandez Mason Anthony Fessler Lindsay Josephine Fletcher Alicia M. Franklin Madeline Jo Fuchs Stephen Michael Gant Meghan Tedoldi Giglio Benjamin Gordon Corinne N. Haase Lena A. Hedayat Madison Lee Horner Jason J.C. Hsieh Elizabeth Nora Johnson Jared A. Juarez Ian Karby Alice Khalafyan Junsu Kim Sarah Michelle Knight Rebecca M. Langdon Kathryn Taylor Lawson Steve Le Zeno S. Lee Austin Chun Leung Vivian Bao-En Leung

Alex Lin Stephanie Aletta Lin Ana Lucia Lotz Eric S. Luo Allison L. Martella Shannon Meermans McCrea Victoria Elizabeth Misitano Rudolph Mitchell Megan Elizabeth Moisand Kendra Alexis Morscheck Sonakshi Narayan Sara H. Newberry Gina Nguyen Matthew Picard-Fraser Jaclyn M. Pontell Rachel Privett Eileen Richards Kayla Lynne Sholds Geordon Smith Tanner J. Snow Tyler A. Sousa Lisa Karyn Stone Javier Jurgen Strickler Stephen Su Wesley Benay Sutton Lindsey R. Sweet Jason Tan Tarryn Marie Teresak Katherine J. Torres Adam Hieu Tran Kamaria A'Brenay Washington Annalisa Webb-Gordon Anna Mellisa Wilk Emily Christine Workman Samantha K. Youmans

Department of Physician Assistant Studies Master of Physician Assistant Studies Mohamed A. Adan Katharine Boynton Brandt Liana T. Brockway Jennifer-Anne Badiola Canaday Kaitlyn Marie Carlson David Clinard Francesca Rosanna Coughlin Alexandra Kingsley Ellis Maraline Elizabeth Ferris Aubrey Lynn Fiacco Ladan Hakimjavadi Kalinee A. Hansen

Cory C. Ipsen Erin E. Johnson Brooke A. Kent Dana Marie Koehn William Churchill Lary IV Kristen Marie Looman Margaret R. Maynard Jaime Lynn McAtee Jacqueline R. Morton Cameron Thomas Mosgrove Ashley Wells Munroe Edisson Naranjo-Mejia


Sabrina A. Parise Maria Rachidi Payman Rakhzay Jaf Tara Marie Reynolds Caroline Thérèse Rizzo Morgan Christine Russell Courtney Danielle Schopke Joshua Schupp-Star Rejvi Shaju Michael Hayes Taradash, Jr.

Lillian M. Taylor Julohn Antonia Teixeira Elizabeth Anna Therrien Morgan Anne Tromblee Kevin Matthew Twombly Anna Vaughan West Joseph Ashlin Whittaker Bryan Trevor Woodward Rebecca Nozomi Yanaga Iris Aishan Zeng

Master of Science in Health Studies Andrew J. Gordon

Qiannan Zhang

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences Danielle Kristine Kline

The listing of the names in this program in no way implies an obligation on the part of the MGH Institute of Health Professions to award a given degree or certificate. 15

LEADERSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jeanette Ives Erickson, Chair Jim Canfield, Vice-Chair Paula Milone-Nuzzo Stanley W. Ashley Peter A. D’Arrigo, Jr. Phil DiBuono Roya Ghazinouri Thomas P. Glynn John Herman Michael R. Jaff Robert E. Johnson Elizabeth Joyce John H. Knowles Madelyn Pearson Angelleen Peters-Lewis José de Jesús Rivera Meredith Beaton Starr Carol Vallone

HONORARY TRUSTEES E. Lorraine Baugh John M. Connors III Edith L. Dabney Alice F. Emerson Judith Fong Nicholas A. Grace Julia L. Greenstein John V. Guttag Matina S. Horner Diana Scott Carol F. Surkin Carol M. Taylor George E. Thibault Debra F. Weinstein James A. Wolf Ellen M. Zane

OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION Paula Milone-Nuzzo, President Cindy L. Aiena, Treasurer Judi S. Greenberg, Secretary Atlas D. Evans, Assistant Treasurer Elizabeth M. Pipes, Assistant Secretary 16

ADMINISTRATION Paula Milone-Nuzzo President and John Hilton Knowles Professor Alex F. Johnson Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Interim Dean, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Atlas D. Evans Vice President for Finance and Administration Peter S. Cahn Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Clare McCully Chief Development Officer

Paulette Di Angi Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Paul W. Murphy Chief Communications Officer

Regina Doherty Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Marjorie L. Nicholas Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

James DuPont Dean of Enrollment Services

Elizabeth M. Pipes Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Roger Edwards Program Director, Health Professions Education

Laura Plummer Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Susan Farrell Director, Continuing and Professional Development

Patricia A. Reidy Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Program Innovation

Maureen Flynn Program Director, Genetic Counseling

Linda K. Rice Associate Vice President of Financial Services

John B. Gormley Dean of Student and Alumni Services

Margie Sipe Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Jordan R. Green Associate Provost for Research

Denis G. Stratford Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Hill Program Director, Prelicensure Nursing Programs

Elaine Tagliareni Dean, School of Nursing

Mary Knab Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice

Kimberly A. Truong Executive Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Jason Lucey Program Director, Advanced Practice Nursing and CAS Programs

Lisa K. Walker Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Sarah Welch Associate Vice President of Human Resources


FACULTY CENTER FOR INTERPROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND INNOVATION Peter S. Cahn, PhD Professor and Director, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Betsy Cox, RN, MSN, MBA Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Continuing and Professional Development Paulette Di Angi, PhD, RN, CPHQ Associate Professor, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Roger A. Edwards, ScD Professor, Director of Health Professions Education Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM Adjunct Associate Professor, Director of Continuing and Professional Development Annie B. Fox, PhD Associate Professor Perman Gochyyev, PhD Assistant Professor

Midge Hobbs, OTD, OTR/L Assistant Professor, IMPACT Practice Curriculum Director Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN Associate Professsor Mary S. Knab, PT, DPT, PhD Associate Professor, Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice Anshul Kumar, PhD Assistant Professor Janice Palaganas, PhD, RN, NP, FSSH, ANEF, FAAN, FNAP Professor Laura Plummer, PT, DPT, MS, NCS Assistant Professor, Director of IMPACT Practice Center Megan Schliep, PhD, CCC-SLP, MPH Assistant Professor, Director of Prerequisites for the Health Professions Bobbie Ann Adair White, EdD Associate Professor

SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Denise Ambrosi, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group

Jordan Green, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA Associate Provost for Research, Matina Souretis Horner Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences, Director of the Speech and Feeding Disorders Lab

Esther Ayuk, MS, CCC-SLP Instructor

Bonnie Halvorson-Bourgeois, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor

Joanna Christodoulou, EdD Associate Professor, Director of the BEAM Lab

Charles W. Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP Professor, Co-Director of the Written Expressive Language and Literacy Collaborative

Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP Instructor

James Heaton, PhD Adjunct Professor


Robert E. Hillman, PhD, CCC-SLP Adjunct Professor

Suzanne Pennington, MS, CCC-SLP Instructor

Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP Professor, Director of SAiL Literacy Lab

Bridget J. Perry, PhD, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Director of the Post-Professional SLPD Program

Rebecca Santos Inzana, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor

Rachel T. Pittmann, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Aphasia Center

Alex F. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Katherine Radville, MS, CCC-SLP Instructor

Patricia Kelley-Nazzaro, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Director of the Literacy & Language Certificate of Advanced Study Program

Mary K. Riotte, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Director of the Speech, Language and Literacy Center

Susan Lambrecht Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Written Expressive Language and Literacy Collaborative

Howard C. Shane, PhD, CCC-SLP Professor

Emilie Larrivee, MS, CAGS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor

Sofia Vallila Rohter, PhD, CCC-SLP Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group

Jennifer Mackey, MA, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, MS, CCC-SLP, FASHA Assistant Professor

Lesley A. Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP Associate Professor, Associate Chair

Amanda Worek, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor

Lisa Moran, MS, CCC-SLP Instructor, Assistant Director of External Clinical Education

Indigo Young, MS, CCC-SLP Assistant Professor

Marjorie L. Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP Professor, Chair

Lauryn Zipse, PhD, CCC-SLP Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group

Department of Genetic Counseling Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC Associate Professor, Associate Director

Joel Krier, MD, MMSc, FACMG Associate Professor, Medical Director

Allison Cirino, MS, CGC Associate Professor, Director of Student Research

Kimberly LeBlanc, MS, CGC Assistant Professor

Lori Dobson, MS, CGC Assistant Professor

Ann Seman, MS, CGC Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Maureen Flynn, MS, CGC, MPH Associate Professor, Program Director

Kristen Mahoney Shannon, MS, CGC Professor Jessica Waxler, MS, CGC Assistant Professor 19

Department of Occupational Therapy Rawan AlHeresh, MScOT, PhD, OTR/L Associate Professor

Midge Hobbs, OTD, OTR/L Assistant Professor, IMPACT Practice Curriculum Director

Jessica Asiello, OTD, OTR/L Instructor

Mary Beth Kadlec, ScD, OTR/L Assistant Professor

Regina F. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP Professor, Chair

Catherine Leslie, PhD, MOT, OTR/L, CEIS Assistant Professor

Emily Zeman Eddy, OT, OTD, MS, OTR/L Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Education

Amanda Mack, OTD, MS, OTR/L Instructor

Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L Assistant Professor Mary E. Evenson, OTD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA Professor, Director of Clinical Education Susan Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L Professor

Sarah McKinnon, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, MPA Assistant Professor, Director of Post-Professional OTD Program Diane L. Smith, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Professor, Doctoral Capstone Coordinator John Wong, PhD Associate Professor

Mary W. Hildebrand, OTD, OTR/L Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy Donna Applebaum, PT, DPT, MS Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Shweta Gore, MPT, DPT, PhD,GCS, CLT Associate Professor

Monica Arrigo, PT, DPT, MS Instructor

K. Douglas Gross, MPT, DPT, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed Associate Professor

Jane Baldwin, PT, DPT, NCS, FNAP Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Physical Therapy Center

Anne McCarthy Jacobson, PT, DPT, MS Assistant Professor

Christopher Clock, PT, DPT, OCS Instructor

Alan Jette, PhD, PT, MPH, FAPTA Professor

Elizabeth Cornforth, PT, DPT, NCS Instructor

Rania Karim, PT, DPT, GCS Assistant Professor

Caitlin J. Fitzgerald, PT, DPT Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Education

Maninderjit Kaur, PT, PhD Assistant Professor

Lynn Foord, PhD, MEd, PT Associate Professor

Julie Keysor, PT, PhD Professor Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT Professor, Director of the Brain Recovery Lab 20

Mary Knab, PT, DPT, PhD, Associate Professor, Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice Janet A. Kneiss, PhD, DPT, MS Assistant Professor Bob McCall, PT, MS Assistant Professor Keshrie Naidoo, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Catherine Schmidt, PT, DPT, PhD Assistant Professor David Selkowitz, PhD, PT, DPT, OCS, DAAPM Associate Professor Lesley Smith, PT, DPT, MS, GCS Instructor Michael G. Sullivan, MBA, DPT Assistant Professor

Laura Plummer, PT, DPT, MS, NCS Assistant Professor, Interim Chair

Elise Townsend, PhD, DPT, PCS Associate Professor, Admission Chair, Associate Director of PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Prudence Plummer, PhD, PT, BPhysio (Hons) Professor

Reg B. Wilcox III, PT, DPT, MS, OCS Associate Professor

Department of Physician Assistant Studies Jerene Bitondo Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator

Michelle Martinchek, MD, MPH Assistant Professor

Dominique Caruso Murphy, MS, PA-C Assistant Professor

Martha Flores McKean, MS, PA-C, MPH Instructor

Meaghan Clapp, MHSc, PA-C Instructor

Joshua Merson, MS-HPEd, PA-C, CAQ-EM Assistant Professor, Associate Director

Jenny Fanuele, MMSC, PA-C Instructor

Michael Ruggiero, MHS, PA-C Instructor

Aaron Hoffman, DO, MPH Assistant Professor, Medical Director

Lisa K. Walker, MPAS, PA-C Associate Professor, Program Director

Chris Seh Hong Lim, PhD Assistant Professor

Lisa M. Waller, MMSc, PA-C Instructor, Director of Clinical Education

SCHOOL OF NURSING M. Elaine Tagliareni, Ed.D, RN, CNE, FAAN Professor, Dean Kathryn Atkin, DNP, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC Assistant Professor

Jean Bernhardt, PhD, MHSA, NEA-BC, FNP-BC, CNP Assistant Professor

Gaurdia Banister, PhD, RN, FAAN Adjunct Professor

Eliezer Bose, PhD, B.Eng, AGACNP-BC, CCRN Associate Professor

Maureen Banks, RN, MS, MBA, FACHE Professor

Suellen Breakey, PhD, RN Associate Professor 21

Margaret Brown, DNP, PMHNP-BC Assistant Professor

Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC Professor

Debra Burke, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC Professor

Susan Jussaume, MS, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, AHN-BC Instructor

Denise Celli, MSN Instructor

Debra Kelly, DNP, RN Assistant Professor, Fourth Semester Coordinator

Mary E. Coughlin, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC Assistant Professor, Track Coordinator Pediatric NP Specialty

Elissa C. Ladd, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN Professor

Rachel Cox, DNP, RN, FNP-BC Assistant Professor

Dermot Lahey, MS, ACNP Instructor

Pamela Delis, PhD, RN, CNE Assistant Professor

Jason R. Lucey, DNP, FNP-BC Assistant Professor, Director of Advanced Practice and CAS Programs

Joshua Dion, DNP, ACNP-BC, RN-BC Assistant Professor, Track Co-Coordinator Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialty

Antonia Makosky, DNP, MSN, MPH, APRN-BC Assistant Professor, Track Co-Coordinator Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Specialty

Jennifer Dean Durning, MSN, CPNP Instructor

Maureen J. Marre, MSN, RN, FNP-BC Instructor

Judy Flynn, MBA, BSN, RN, CHC Instructor

Talli C. McCormick, MSN, APRN-BC, GNP Assistant Professor

Nara Gavini, PhD, MPhil Professor, Executive Director of Research

Abraham Ndiwane, EdD, MSc, RN, CHES Associate Professor

Clara M. Gona, PhD, FNP-BC Associate Professor, Track Coordinator Family NP Specialty

Patrice Nicholas, DNSc, DHL (Hon.), MPH, RN, ANP-C, FAAN Professor, Director of the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health

Kathryn Hall, MS, ANP-BC, NE-BC Assistant Professor, Track Co-Coordinator Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Adult-Gerontology Women’s Health NP Specialties Rebecca Hill, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, CNE Associate Professor, Program Director for Pre-Licensure/Generalist Programs Maureen Hillier, DNP, RN, CCRN, CLNC, CHSE Assistant Professor Alex Hoyt, PhD, RN Assistant Professor Karen Hunt, MSN, MS, RN, RD, CNE Instructor Sally Iles, MBA, RN Assistant Professor

Rita Olans, DNP, CPNP, APRN-BC, FNAP Associate Professor Oluwatonisin Olayinka, PhD, RN, MPH Assistant Professor Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN Professor, Associate Dean of Research, Jacques Mohr Chair Kenya D. Palmer Emrich, MS, MSN, FNP-BC, CSCS Instructor Madelyn M. Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Professor Andrew B. Phillips, PhD, RN, FAMIA Associate Professor


Eleonor Pusey-Reid, DNP, RN, ME.d. Associate Professor

Margie Sipe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAONL Associate Professor, Director of theDoctor of Nursing Practice Programs

Lisa Quinn, PhD, AGACNP-BC, OCN Assistant Professor

Sara L. Smoller, MS, RN, ANP-BC Assistant Professor

Patricia A. Reidy, DNP, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Roksolana Starodub, PhD, ACNP-BC Assistant Professor

Sarah Rossmassler, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-BC, ACHPN Assistant Professor

Susan Stevens, DNP, MS, ME.d., PMHNP-BC Assistant Professor, Track Coordinator Psychiatric/Mental Health Lifespan NP Specialty

Kaveri Roy, DNP, RN Assistant Professor Kristine Ruggiero, PhD, MSN, RN, PNP-BC Assistant Professor

Shelia Swales, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC Instructor Bradley White, PhD, RN, CNE Instructor

Kathryn Sabo, MS, RN-BC Instructor, Director of the Ruth Sleeper Nursing Center of Clinical Education and Wellness at IPC

Kevin Whitney, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Professor

Rachael Salguero, MSN, RN-BC, CNEcl Instructor

John Wong, PhD Associate Professor

Mary Samost, DNP, RN, CENP Assistant Professor

Trish Zeytoonjian, MSN, RN Instructor, Clinical Faculty Coordinator, Interprofessional Clinical Experience

Katherine E. Simmonds, MPH, MS, RN, WHNP-BC Associate Professor, Track Coordinator of the Women’s Health NP Specialty and Co-Coordinator of Adult-Gerontology Women’s Health NP Specialty



DEANS EMERITA Margery Chisholm, RN, EdD, ABPP Leslie G. Portney, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

FACULTY EMERITA Linda Andrist, PhD, RNC, WHP-BC Julie Atwood, MEd, CCC-SLP Marianne Beninato, PhD, DPT, PT Janet Callahan, PT, DPT, MS, NCS Mary Carey, PhD, RD Inge B. Corless, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN Janice H. Goodman, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC Bette Ann Harris, PT, DPT Pamela E. Hook, PhD Marjorie K. Ionta*, PT Pamela K. Levangie, PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA Gregory L. Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA Arlene Lowenstein, PhD, RN Patricia Lussier-Duynstee, PhD, RN Diane Feeney Mahoney, PhD, ANP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Theresa Hoskins Michel, DSc, DPT, CCS Yvonne L. Munn, MS, RN Sylvia Drake Paige*, DNSc, RN Alexandra Paul-Simon, PhD, RN Mertie Potter, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC Ruth B. Purtilo, PhD, PT, FAPTA Phyllis R. Silverman*, PhD Jean E. Steel, PhD, RN, FAAN Linda Steiner, DPT, MS, OCS Nancy M. Terres, PhD, MS, RN Mary P. Watkins, DPT, MS Nancy T. Watts*, PhD, RN Barbara K. Willson, PhD, RN Cynthia Coffin Zadai, DPT, CCS, FAPTA


The faculty list represents all faculty as of May 2021.


HISTORY MGH Institute of Health Professions was founded in 1977 to address the need for master clinicians, leaders in the health care professions molded by the integration of theory and clinical practice in an interprofessional environment. In 1873, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) had established one of the first schools of nursing—the Boston Training School for Nurses—based on the principles of Florence Nightingale. Over the years, it became the Massachusetts General Hospital Training School for Nurses and then the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. By the time this diploma school closed in 1981, it was the oldest continuously operating school of nursing in the United States and the predecessor to the MGH Institute’s School of Nursing. Since many health care professions evolved from hospital-based needs, the MGH Institute’s educational programs initially developed through on-site clinical training. The shift from hospital-based to college- and university-based education for health sciences raised several issues, including lack of integration between clinical and didactic aspects of health care curricula. In 1964, Ruth Sleeper, director of the MGH nursing school from 1946 to 1966, promoted the idea of a free-standing, degree-granting institution affiliated with the hospital. In the late 1960s, hospital General Director Dr. John Hilton Knowles expanded the idea to include all non-physician education programs for health care professionals and proposed establishing an “MGH University” that would offer hospitalbased, advanced-level training programs. In the early 1970s, Dr. Charles A. Sanders, Dr. Knowles’ successor, along with Dr. Henry Mankin, chair of the MGH Committee on Teaching and Education, and John E. Lawrence, chair of the MGH Board of Trustees, pursued the idea of creating an affiliated graduate degree school. In 1975, a petition to grant degrees was submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Despite opposition from local colleges and universities to establishing a free-standing school governed by the hospital, MGH was awarded degree-granting authority by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1977. The school named its first leader and hired program directors in dietetics, nursing, physical therapy, and social work. MGH Institute of Health Professions officially opened in 1980, admitting its first master’s students in physical therapy and social work. The Early Years The Institute initially held classes in Ruth Sleeper Hall in the basement of MGH. In 1981, the first students enrolled in the dietetics program and the IHP held its first graduation, awarding four certificates in social work. In 1982, the first Master of Science in Nursing students were admitted. In 1983, the first degree, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, was awarded, and the first director was hired for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program. In 1985, the MGH Institute was incorporated with an independent Board of Trustees and received initial accreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The IHP continued to grow and change during the 1980s and 1990s. A faculty award for excellence in teaching was established and later named in honor of Nancy T. Watts, a nationally prominent physical therapist and educator who was instrumental in the Institute’s founding. The nursing program achieved specialized accreditation, the social work program closed, and the speech-language pathology program was renamed the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. The Institute also moved from MGH into 101 Merrimac Street—the first-time faculty, staff, and students were together under one roof. In 1994, Partners HealthCare was formed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the IHP became the new health provider’s only degree-granting affiliate. The following year, enrollment exceeded 500 students, the entry-level Master of Science in Physical Therapy program began, the dietetics program closed, and the nursing program revised its curriculum to prepare nurse practitioners. In 1996, the speech-language pathology program was awarded teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Education. In 1997, Ann W. Caldwell became the Institute’s fourth president, and the first students were admitted into the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program.


A Permanent Campus in the 21st Century The Institute in 2000 found a permanent home to greet the 21st century when it purchased a former joiners building in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Named the Catherine Filene Shouse Building after the generous support from the Shouse Foundation, Building 36 was renovated into a state-of-the-art educational facility that opened in December 2001. In 2001, the entry-level Master of Science in Physical Therapy was converted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Three years later, the first students enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Imaging. In 2005, the first Distinguished Alumni Award was presented at the 25th Commencement, and alumnae from the MGH Nurses’ Alumnae Association began a yearly tradition of carrying the flag of the former Massachusetts General Hospital nursing school to symbolize the historical link between it and the MGH Institute’s School of Nursing. In 2007, Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, was named the Institute’s fifth president. The school also launched the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The IHP expanded from one to three buildings in its Navy Yard campus in 2008 to accommodate a rapidly growing student population. Alex F. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, became the school’s first provost and vice president for academic affairs. In 2009, the graduate programs in nursing were reorganized into a new School of Nursing to better reflect the size and scope of their academic offerings. The communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy, and medical imaging programs became part of a new School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the clinical investigation program closed. The Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation was created in 2011 to foster entrepreneurial activity, innovation, and collaboration between faculty and students in the Institute’s academic disciplines. Enrollment exceeded 1,100 students and the number of alumni passed the 4,000 mark. In 2012, the Institute expanded into a fourth building, 2 Constitution Wharf (2CW), located adjacent to the U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides. The School of Nursing added a second admission cycle to the BSN program to meet rising demand, a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Master of Science in Health Professions Education program began, and the medical imaging program closed. New England’s first entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program began in 2014, and the IHP expanded into a sixth building, creating the Center for Health & Rehabilitation Research to accommodate its expanding roster of full-time faculty researchers. In 2015, the Institute expanded into its seventh building to create the Janis P. Bellack Library and Study Commons, bringing the campus footprint to nearly 140,000 square feet—almost triple the amount of space in 2007. The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program began, enrollment surpassed 1,500 students. In 2016, the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program graduated its first two students, the first honorary degrees were awarded, and the number of alumni grew to more than 6,000. During the school’s 40th anniversary year in 2017, Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN, became the MGH Institute’s sixth president. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs graduated their first cohort of students, helping to push the number of alumni to over 7,000. The IHP also launched the Charles A. and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center on the first floor of 2CW, a 15,000-square-foot interprofessional education facility that houses all the Institute’s client-care centers, where students under faculty supervision annually provide more than $1 million of free care to area residents. In 2018, the IHP launched the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice, and Health, the first nurse-led initiative to combat the effects of global warming. Enrollment reached the 1,600-student mark. The Institute expanded its educational offerings in 2019 when it launched three new degrees: a PhD in Health Professions Education, a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, and a post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy. The school created a new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and hired its first director. A student was chosen to deliver the keynote address at Commencement for the first time in the school’s 42-year history. In March 2020, the IHP shifted to a fully remote operation in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Classroom and hands-on education pivoted to virtual platforms during the largest health crisis in a century. A series of innovations allowed most students to graduate on time, while the 40thCommencement ceremony was moved from May to August and changed to a virtual event to accommodate shifting health restrictions.


ACADEMIC REGALIA Academic regalia is a unique academic custom that began in the Middle Ages when scholars at European universities wore hoods and gowns as their customary daily attire. The distinctive gowns, caps, and hoods were designed to represent various trades and professions and to reflect the different levels of education. Bachelor of Arts were apprentices; Master of Arts were teachers; and Doctors were teachers who had completed post-graduate studies. The regalia worn in academic ceremonies in modern-day America is derived primarily from the gowns worn at Oxford University. The Master’s gowns are set apart by pleated front panels and an oblong sleeve that falls below the knee. The sleeve is squared at the end into which a semi-circle is cut. The Doctor’s gowns are more elaborate with velvet panels down the front and around the neck with three velvet stripes running across the bell-shaped sleeves. The variety of styles and colors seen in the procession reflects a university’s own distinguishing custom for its doctoral robes. Other symbolic characteristics are sometimes worn on the gown, such as ribbons or cords, to symbolize honors such as Phi Beta Kappa. All levels of degree candidates and recipients wear the square mortarboard caps. Doctors sometimes wear the soft, beret-style cap. The tassels worn on both mortarboards and berets are sometimes color-coded by the major field of learning but may be black for any degree. The gold-metallic-thread tassel is reserved for doctors and/or the governing officials of institutions. Candidates for graduation wear the tassel on the right side, changing it to the left side after the degree is conferred. The most distinctive characteristics in academic regalia are found on the hood, an ornamental and symbolic article draped over the shoulders and back which connotes the level of degree, the field of study, and the degree- granting institution. The size of the hood and width of velvet trimming conveys level of degree. The silk lining of the hood denotes the colors of the institution granting the highest degree earned by that individual. Hoods for graduates of MGH Institute of Health Professions are lined in teal and silver. The color of the velvet border identifies the field of study. Listed below are the velvet border colors for IHP programs of study: Communication Sciences and Disorders: Health Professions Education: Genetic Counseling: Nursing: Occupational Therapy: Philosophy (PhD): Physical Therapy: Physician Assistant Studies: Science (Health Studies):

Grey Light Blue Gold Apricot Slate Blue Dark Blue Teal Hunter Green Golden Yellow




SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Esther Ayuk Lisa Moran

Department of Genetic Counseling Lori Dobson Jessica Jonas Department of Occupational Therapy Mary W. Hildebrand Diane L. Smith

Department of Physical Therapy Jane Baldwin David Selkowitz

Department of Physician Assistant Studies Jerene Bitondo Lisa M. Waller

SCHOOL OF NURSING Alex Hoyt Jason R. Lucey Bradley White


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Commencement Production Team James V. Vitagliano, Chair Anna Cottrell Selena Craig Heather Anne Easter Katherine E. Mulcahy Elizabeth M. Pipes Jorge O. Sanchez De Lozada Special acknowledgement for the video production for today’s virtual ceremony Andy Volk Scott Stephenson of Volk Media Design We also acknowledge StageClip Ltd. For their role in today’s production


Dear Graduates: Congratulations! On behalf of the MGH Institute of Health Professions and our global network of alumni of more than 9,000 strong, we are pleased to recognize your accomplishment, hard work, and commitment to excellence. With the help of your faculty and staff, along with your fellow students and your families and friends, you have many reasons to be proud as you reach this significant milestone in your life and career. This past year has been like no other. We applaud you for your tenacity, flexibility, and compassion. The skills you have learned throughout this experience will serve you well as leaders in the health professions and in life. The Institute is proud and honored to call you a graduate and look forward to a lifelong connection with you. For all alumni, the Institute provides a variety of individual and community-based opportunities: • Continuing professional development • A growing online network (LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media) • Personalized career development • Opportunities to mentor and be mentored • Access to the Janis P. Bellack Library and the Student and Alumni Center and much more. We encourage you to keep in touch with us as well as with your classmates and faculty. Our Alumni Connector newsletter, MGH Institute magazine, department specific newsletters and our website are great ways to stay connected and celebrate the professional and personal accomplishments you are now on your way toward achieving. The innovative contributions of alumni like you will shape the future of interprofessional, patient-centered health care for generations. With gratitude for your service and dedication, we look forward to hearing about the many exciting paths your career will take. Most sincerely,

Katherine E. Mulcahy Director of Alumni Relations

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