Lab Members

joseph-giacino-180x215Joseph Giacino, PhD


Dr. Giacino’s clinical and research activities are centered on the development and application of novel assessment and treatment methods for individuals with severe acquired brain injury (ABI) and disorders of consciousness (DOC). He served as co-chair of the Aspen Workgroup, responsible for developing the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state (MCS) and was co-lead author of the Mohonk Report, a Congressionally-sponsored initiative to establish recommendations for lifelong care of patients with DOC. He currently chairs the VS/MCS Guideline Development Panel of the American Academy of Neurology which is responsible for revising existing guidelines for management of patients with DOC.

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michael-bergin-180x215Michael Bergin, PhD

Lab Manager

Dr. Michael Bergin completed postdoctoral research at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard University and graduate work at the University of Queensland in Australia where his research investigated the influence of pain on human movement. At Spaulding, Dr. Bergin’s research focused on the development of an evidence-based platform to advance the identification and validation of clinical assessment tools for traumatic brain injury. As Program Manager of the SH-TBIMS, Dr. Michael Bergin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all laboratory activities under the direction of Dr. Giacino (Project Director).

Yelena Bodien-180x215Yelena Bodien, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Yelena G. Bodien completed her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her research focused on using multimodal brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe the underlying neurobiology of schizophrenia. She is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bodien’s research activities include designing and validating standardized behavioral assessments of consciousness and investigating the utility of advanced neuroimaging paradigms for improving diagnosis and prognostic precision of disorders of consciousness.

Thomas_croppedAmber Thomas, BS

Research Coordinator

Amber Thomas coordinates recruitment and data collection for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Study. She earned her BS from Bryant University majoring in biology and psychology. Her undergraduate studies and research experience helped solidify her interest in psychology, neuroscience, and brain injury. In the future she plans on applying to clinical psychology PhD programs with a focus on neuropsychology.

Uchani_croppedSrivatsan “Sri” Uchani, BA

Research Coordinator

Sri coordinates the TRACK-TBI Study at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and assists with the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System study. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. Prior to his current position at Spaulding, Sri worked as a research coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh on a study examining epigenetic influences on neurobehavioral recovery from pediatric traumatic brain injury. Through his experiences at Case and the University of Pittsburgh, he developed a keen interest in neuroscience and neuropsychology, particularly in the context of acquired brain injury. In the future, Sri plans to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs with an emphasis on neuropsychology.

Abigail Waters, MS

Research Coordinator

Abigail Waters is a graduate student researcher in the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. She is currently a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Suffolk University, with the Clinical Neuroscience of Cognitive Control Laboratory. Abigail contributes to several projects related to moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury and disorders of consciousness. She is also completing her dissertation with TRACK-TBI data, which will investigate the white matter connectivity of predictive interoception coding networks in the brain, as predictors of recovery in mild TBI. 

Barra_croppedAlice Barra, MA

Graduate Research Assistant

Alice is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. She has completed a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Padua) and is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in the Coma Science Group (Belgium). Alice works with transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) and transcranial magnetic stimulation coupled with electroencephalography (TMS-EEG). At Spaulding, Alice contributes to several research projects focus on disorders of consciousness.



Summer 2015

From left to right: Dr. Giacino, Brendan Kelley, Thomas Quinn, Cecilia Carlowicz, Camille Chatelle, Jamie Kaminski, Jason Smith (student intern), Megan Ebner (student intern), Sabrina Taylor

Former Lab Members

DSC_0656Sabrina Taylor, PhD, Research CoordinatorDSC_0385Brendan Kelley, Research AssistantDSC_0659Jamie Kaminski, Research AssistantDSC_0653Camille Chatelle, PhD, Post-Doctoral FellowDSC_0651Matt Doiron,
Research Assistant


Cecilia Carlowicz,  Research Assistant



Thomas Quinn,
Research Assistant

DSC_0388Diana Braver,
Research Assistant

Undergraduate Interns:

  • Nicole Court-Reuss
  • Taylor Trembly
  • Allison Murray
  • Rebecca Salamone
  • Kate Burlile
  • Anna Stumps
  • Courtney Perrone
  • Allison LaRussa
  • Jason Smith
  • Megan Ebner
  • Jake Robinson
  • Margaret Flynn
  • Teresa Soriano

Graduate Interns:

  • Kristen Sheau
  • Kelsey Hardiman
  • Kimberly Erler