Mary Jane (MJ) Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 503-2950 fax
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- The spinal cord independence measure (SCIM)-III self report for youth
- International spinal cord injury upper extremity basic data set version 1.1
- Tracking Functional Status Across the Spinal Cord Injury Lifespan: Linking Pediatric and Adult Patient-Reported Outcome Scores
- International standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury: Cases with classification challenges
- An investigation of motion correction algorithms for pediatric spinal cord DTI in healthy subjects and patients with spinal cord injury
PhD, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
MS, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
BS, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Licensed Occupational Therapist, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Florida
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
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.