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Linda Tickle-Degnen
Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Occupational
Therapy
574 Boston Ave. 
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5863
Fax: 617.627.3722
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Linda Tickle-Degnen
PhD, OT, FAOTA
Professor, Director of Health Quality of Life Lab

Education:
PhD, Harvard University (Social Psychology)
MA, University of Southern California (Occupational Therapy)
BA, Stanford University (Anthropology)

Expertise:
Occupational therapy, social psychology, culture and health care stigma, health quality of life, social participation, Parkinson's disease and conditions across lifespan that affect nonverbal and verbal communication, evidence-based practice

Scholarship / Research:
I study health quality of life and define it as participation in daily life tasks, activities, and roles in a manner that contributes to individual, familial, societal, and global health and well-being. A bio-psycho-social approach is taken with respect to processes and outcomes of health quality of life. I work with researchers and students from different disciplines and countries to conduct research in a creative and collaborative interdisciplinary environment.

Selected Publications:

  • Foster, E. R., Bedekar, M., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2014). Systematic review of the effectiveness of occupational therapy-related interventions for persons with Parkinson's disease. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(1), 39-49. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.008706. PMID:24367954
  • Tickle-Degnen, L. (2014). Therapeutic rapport. In M.V. Radomski & C.A. Trombly Latham (Eds.), Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction, 7th ed. (pp. 412-427). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Tickle-Degnen, L. (2013). The nuts and bolts of conducting feasibility studies. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(2), 171-176. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.006270. PMID:23433271
  • Tickle-Degnen, L. (2013). Communicating evidence to clients, managers, and funders. In M. Law & J. MacDermid (Eds). Evidence-based rehabilitation: A guide to practice, 3nd ed. (pp.275-304). Thorofare, NJ.: Slack Inc.
  • Baker, N., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2013). Evidence-based practice: Integrating evidence to inform practice. In E. Crepeau, E. Cohn, & B. Schell (Eds.), Willard & Spackman's occupational therapy, 12th ed. (pp. 398-412). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Bogart, K. R., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Ambady, N. (2012). Compensatory expressive behavior for facial paralysis: Adaptation to congenital or acquired disability. Rehabilitation Psychology, 57(1), 43-51. PMID: 22369116.
  • Bogart, K. R., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Joffe, M. (2012). Social interaction experiences of adults with Moebius syndrome: A focus group. Journal of Health Psychology. Published online ahead of print January 18, 2012. PMID: 22257565.
  • Tirella, L.G., Tickle-Degnen, L., Miller, L., & Bedell, G. (2011). Parent strategies for addressing the needs of their newly adopted child. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Early Online, 1-14. DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2011.610434
  • Schenkman, M., Ellis, T., Christiansen, C., Baron, A., Tickle-Degnen, L., Hall, D., & Wagenaar, R. (2011). Profile of functional limitations and task performance among people with early and mid-stage Parkinson disease. Physical Therapy, 91, 1339-1354.
  • Tickle-Degnen, L., Zebrowitz, L.A., & Ma, H. (2011). Culture, gender and health care stigma: Practitioners' response to facial masking experienced by people with Parkinson's disease. Social Science & Medicine, 73, 95-102.
  • Daunhauer, L.A., Coster, W.J., Tickle-Degnen, L., Cermak, S.A. (2010). Play and cognition among young children reared in an institution. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 30, 83-97.
  • Takahashi, K., Tickle-Degnen, L., Coster, W. J., & Latham, N. (2010). Expressive behavior in Parkinson's disease as a function of interview context. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 483-494.
  • Gray, H., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2010). A meta-analysis of performance on emotion recognition tasks in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychology, 24, 176-191.
  • Tickle-Degnen, L., Ellis, T.D., Saint-Hilaire, M., Thomas, C., & Wagenaar, R.C. (2010). Self-management rehabilitation and health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders, 25, 194-204.
  • Hemmesch, A.R., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Zebrowitz, L.A. (2009). The influence of facial masking and gender on age peers' impressions of older adults with Parkinson' disease. Psychology & Aging, 24, 542-549.
  • White, D.K., Wagenaar, R.C., Ellis, T.D., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2009). Changes in walking activity and endurance following rehabilitation for people with Parkinson's disease. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90, 43-50.