Neurorehabilitation Laboratory Members

Current Members

Joseph T. Giacino, PhD

Lab Director

Dr. Giacino is the Director of the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Adjunct Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Bioethics at HMS, where he teaches neuroethics in the master’s program. Dr. Giacino’s research centers on the development of more precise neurodiagnostic procedures and clinical outcome assessment measures and therapeutic interventions for persons with severe acquired brain injury. He serves as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on multiple federally funded collaborative grants and has published more than 160 articles and book chapters. He is the recipient of the ACRM BI-ISIG’s Lifetime Achievement Award, William Fields Caveness Award (BIAA, Inc.), and the Robert L. Moody Prize (University of Texas Medical Branch).

Michael J. G. Bergin, PhD

Lab Manager

Dr. 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. As Manager of the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Dr. Bergin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all laboratory activities under the direction of Dr. Giacino. He is currently pursuing his MBA (part-time) in Health Sector Management at Questrom School of Business at Boston University.

Yelena G. Bodien, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. 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.

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. 

Camden Waterhouse, BS

Research Coordinator

Cammie coordinates the Traumatic Brain Injury Participatory Computer Adaptive Test Profile (TBI-PCAT) study and assists on the Resiliency after Acquired Brain Injury: Defining and Enhancing Biopsychosocial Function (SameYou) study within the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience at Simmons University with a minor in Jazz vocals. Prior to her work at Spaulding, Cammie was a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Laboratory. She was also funded by the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the genetic underpinnings of the dissociative subtype of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She co-founded the Neuroscience and Psychology Liaison at Simmons University. Her career interests span research and clinical disciplines, with a particular interest in the mind, brain, and body connection. 

Caitlin Rajala, MS

Research Coordinator

Caitlin Rajala is a Research Coordinator for the Traumatic Brain Injury Participatory Computer Adaptive Test Profile (TBI-PCAT) and assists with the Resiliency after Acquired Brain Injury: Defining and Enhancing Biopsychosocial Function (SameYou) study. Caitlin has an MS in Dance Science and Education from the University of Edinburgh Scotland and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health. Her prior research experience includes observational cohort and intervention studies related to physical activity and health behavior change, and Multiple Sclerosis research that aimed to identify changes in MS progression using proprioceptive measures. Her primary interests involve chronic illness management and adaptation in community and clinical settings.

Ally Sterling, ScM, MBE

Research Coordinator

Ally Sterling coordinates recruitment and data collection for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and TRACK-TBI studies at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated with a dual BA in neuroscience from Columbia University and Talmud from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, followed by an ScM in medical sciences from Brown University and a Master of Bioethics from Harvard University. Prior to her current position at Spaulding, Ally worked on a capstone project on assessment of decision-making capacity in patients with acquired brain injuries. She is particularly interested in neuroethics, clinical ethics, and medical decision-making. In the future, Ally plans to attend medical school.

Kelsey Goostrey, MPH

Research Coordinator

Kelsey Goostrey coordinates the TRACK-TBI and Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System studies at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2018 with a BA in Psychology, and completed her Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2021. Prior to her current position at Spaulding, Kelsey worked as a research coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Neuro-Trauma ICU. Kelsey is interested in prognostication, development and validation of prediction models, and increasing access to neuropsychological resources. Her future plans are to attend a Clinical Neuropsychology graduate program.

Lydia Borsi, BA, BS

Research Coordinator

Lydia coordinates the Rehabilitation and COVID-19 Recovery (RECOVR) Study. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2021 with a BS in Neuroscience and a BA with Research Honors in Psychology. Prior to her current position at Spaulding and as an undergraduate, Lydia worked as a Research Associate and Physician Assistant Liaison in the Strong Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and as a Research Assistant in the Internalizing Disorders and Emotional Adjustment Lab. She is interested in the socio-cultural factors that influence mental healthcare utilization, as well as the physical and psychological impact of severe COVID-19 illness. Lydia plans to attend medical school in the future.

Lab Alumni

Srivatsan “Sri” Uchani, BA

Research Coordinator (2019-2021)

Current Position: Neuropsychology Graduate Student, Hofstra University

Roy Chen, MS

Research Coordinator (2020-2021)

Current Position: Medical Student, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Amber Thomas, BS

Research Coordinator (2018-2021)

Current Position: Neuropsychology Graduate Student, University of Iowa

Alice Barra, MA

Research Coordinator (2019)

Current Position: Graduate Student, Coma Science Group, University of Liege

Christopher Malone, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2019)

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Central Institute of Mental Health (Germany)

Rebecca Nardulli, MA, CCC-SLP

Research Coordinator (2017-2019)

Current Position: Speech Language Therapist, Boston VA

Geraldine Martens, PhD

Research Coordinator (2018)

Current Position: Scientific Coordinator, International Olympic Committee Research Center for Prevention or Injury and Protection of Athlete Health, CHU de Liege

Joseph Ostrow, BS

Research Coordinator (2016-2018)

Current Position: Clinical Data Manager, Neurological Clinical Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

Andrea Christoforou, PhD, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)

Current Position: Physical Therapist, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

Brendan Kelley, RN

Research Coordinator (2014-2017)

Current Position: Registered Nurse, NeuroICU, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jamie Kaminski, BS

Research Coordinator (2015-2017)

Current Position: Neuropsychology Graduate Student, University of Iowa

Sabrina Taylor, PhD, CCRP

Laboratory Manager (2014-2017)

Current Position: Director of Clinical Studies, Brain and Spinal Injuries Center, UCSF

Cecilia Carlowicz

Research Coordinator (2013-2016)

Current Position: Clinical Research Associate, Medpace

Camille Chatelle, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2015)

Current Position: Research Manager, Universite catholique de Louvain

Matthew Doiron

Research Coordinator (2012-2014)

Current Position: Clinical Neuropsychology graduate student, Drexel University

Diana Braver, DO

Research Coordinator ( )

Current Position: Resident, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Thomas Quinn, MD

Research Coordinator ( )

Current Position: Resident Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Undergraduate Interns

Current

Grace Bronstone (Wellesley College)

MaryLourdes Andreu (University of Miami)

Nicole Riepl (Northeastern University)

Alumni

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

Kaitlyn Corey

Katherine Golden

Jenna Szostak

Abigail Waters

Alyssa Taubert

Kristen Sheau

Kelsey Hardiman

Kimberly Erler