Mary Jane (MJ) Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L

Contact Dr. Mulcahey

901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Suite 642
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-2888
(215) 503-2950 fax


PhD, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
MS, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
BS, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA

Board Certification

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Licensed Occupational Therapist, Pennsylvania,
    South Carolina, Florida

University Appointment


Professional Societies

President, American Spinal Injury Association
    May 2015 – May 2017
Vice President, Pediatric Spine Foundation 2014 -2016
Reviewer for NIDRR Systematic Review on Transition
    of Young Persons with Spinal Cord Dysfunction
    2013 -2015
Co-Chair, NINDS Spinal Cord Common Data Element,
    Pediatric Work Group 2014 - 2015
Associate Editor: Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
    (1998 – Present)
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Spinal Injury Association
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
International Spinal Cord Society

Research & Clinical Interests

My professional mission is to promote the desires and aspirations of people with chronic conditions and social disadvantages so that they have healthy and meaningful relationships with others and are self-directed and meaningfully engaged in their chosen pursuits. In support of this mission, my clinical passion involves working with persons with spinal cord injuries and their families. I have participated in clinical trials of recovery and rehabilitative technologies. My research focuses on developing and validating sensitive and relevant outcomes instruments of impairment, activity and participation. With these instruments I hope that we can develop trajectories to better understand the similarities and disparities of participation in children with health conditions compared to peers without health conditions. Having knowledge on similarities and disparities will catalyze work involving the development of occupationally based methods to enhance participation.

Pediatric Modifications to the International SCI Data Sets. Rick Hansen Foundation (2015-2017), Principle Investigator, $75,000.

Pediatric Multi-Center Evaluation of notable SCI Outcomes Instruments. Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (2014-2016), Principle Investigator, $ 600,000.

Linking Pediatric Computer Adaptive Tests with Adult Computer Adaptive Tests. Shiners Hospital for Children (2014-2016), Principle Investigator, $ 350,398.

Development and Validation of Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, 1 R01 NS079635-01A1, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy Study Section (ANIE) (2013-2018), Principle Investigator, $1,929,382.

Neuromuscular recovery scale for pediatric spinal cord injury. Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, 2013-2014, Sub-investigator, $150,000.