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Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA,
Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, teaches
courses in evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning,
research methods, and therapeutic behavior and
motivation. Her research is directed toward
understanding and promoting positive social functioning
and wellness in Parkinson's disease and other chronic
conditions. In particular she studies nonverbal and
verbal communication, cross-cultural health care
interactions, interpersonal rapport, engagement in
meaningful daily activities, and quality of life. She is
interested in increasing occupational therapists'
participation in inter- and multi-disciplinary clinical
interventions and research activities that have the goal
of improving the health and quality of life of
individuals with chronic conditions.
Learn more about Dr. Tickle Degnen's research >
Review Dr. Tickle-Degnen's publications
Sarah Gunnery, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar
Sarah Gunnery received her PhD in Social Psychology from
Northeastern University in 2013 where she studied
interpersonal sensitivity and smiling as a social
behavior. Her research in the Health Quality of Life Lab
focuses on facial expressivity and how people can use
posed expression to compensate for a loss of natural
expression as they age. She is also interested in the
social perception of posed facial expression and how the
capacity to produce certain facial expressions is
related to social engagement.
Michael Stevenson, M.S., Project
Mike received his M.S. in Social Psychology from The
Pennsylvania State University in 2010, studying the
effects of social categorization and social
inclusiveness on emotion recognition accuracy across
racial and cultural groups. He has also studied the role
of social information processing in parenting risk for
Past and Present Research Assistants:
|Hannah "Rivka" Barrett
Kathleen Rives Bogart,
Dr. Kathleen Bogart is Assistant Professor in the School of
Psychological Science at Oregon State University. Dr. Bogart studies disability
from a social psychological perspective, examining othersí attitudes toward
disability and the way people with disabilities adapt to their conditions and
manage stigma. Specifically, much of her work focuses on the psychological and
social implications of facial paralysis and facial movement disorders.
She received her PhD in Psychology at Tufts University in 2012. Her dissertation
work in the Health Quality of Life Lab, entitled Compensatory Expressive
Behavior for Social Functioning with Facial Paralysis, was funded by a National
Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowship.
Learn more about Dr. Bogart's current research >
Amanda Hemmesch, Ph.D.
Amanda Hemmesch received her PhD in social-developmental
psychology from Brandeis University in 2011. She is
currently an assistant professor of psychology at St.
Cloud State University. Her research focuses on
improving health, well-being, and quality of life for
older adults and individuals with chronic conditions.
She is interested in how health and psychosocial
factors, especially social relationships, influence
development and well-being throughout adulthood. Her
dissertation was a collaboration with Dr. Leslie
Zebrowitz at Brandeis University and Dr. Linda Tickle-Degnen
at Tufts University that examined older adultsí first
impressions of individuals with Parkinsonís disease. Her
current research examines nonverbal behavior,
interpersonal perception, and social relationships in
the context of Parkinson's disease and stigmatizing
conditions. Her previous work has examined psychosocial
influences of pain and well-being for individuals with
osteoarthritis, as well as social preferences across the
Pai-chuan Huang, Sc.D. OTR
Pai-chuan Huang received his Doctor of Science (ScD)
Rehabilitation Sciences at Sargent College of
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University.
Prior to joining the program, he worked as an
occupational therapy teaching assistant at the
Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and as a part-time
occupational therapist. In his dissertation, he explored
rapport building capacity, facial expressiveness, and
social aspects of quality of life in Parkinsonís
disease. Dr. Huang is currently working as a
postdoctoral fellow at Chang Gung University in Taiwan.
He continues his interest in elderly population and has
been involved in clinical trials examining treatment
effects of contemporary rehabilitation approaches such
as robot-assisted therapy and mirror therapy.
Heather Gray, Ph.D.
Dr. Heather Gray is Associate Director of Academic Affairs at the Division on
Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching
affiliate, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She
received her PhD in social psychology from Harvard University in 2006, where she
studied interpersonal sensitivity and social cognition. From 2006-2008, she was
a post-doctoral fellow in the Health Quality of Life Lab, under a fellowship
sponsored by Boston University's Health and Disability Research Institute.
During her time in the Health Quality of Life Lab, Dr. Gray worked with
Professor Tickle-Degnen on research studying how the symptoms of Parkinson's
disease influence people's ability to broadcast and interpret thoughts,
feelings, and personal character. Their meta-analysis of emotion recognition in
Parkinson's disease was published in the journal Neuropsychology. More
information about her research can be found on the Cambridge Health Alliance
website. Photo courtesy of Division on Addictions,
Harvard Medical School.
Kayoko Takahashi, Sc.D., OTR
Dr. Takahashi is a Lecturer at the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of
Allied Health Science, Kitasato University in Japan. She received her Doctor of
Science (ScD) degree in
Rehabilitation Sciences at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University. Prior to joining the program, she
worked as an occupational therapist specializing in improving physical function
among people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their families. Her primary areas
of research are motivation, self-efficacy, and outcome expectancy in Parkinson's
disease. Her dissertation research involved developing an observational coding
system using behavioral cues to identify motivational states in people with PD.