Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Mulcahey, Mary Jane (MJ)

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Mary Jane "MJ" Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L

Mary Jane "MJ" Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L

Contact Dr. Mulcahey

901 Walnut Street
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


  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) Certified
  • National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida
  • Certified Health Coach, National Society of Health Coaches
  • Certified Life Care Planner, International Commission on Health Care Certification
  • Certified Competent Coach, School of Coach Mastery

University Appointment

Professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Kimmel Medical College
Director, Center for Outcomes and Measurement, College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Professional Societies

  • Immediate Past President, American Spinal Injury Association
  • Vice Chair, Pediatric Spine Foundation
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • International Spinal Cord Society
    Member, at large
    Member, Program Committe
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation
    Member, at large
    Member, Board of Trustees
  • President, Steel Assembly for Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury
  • Member, Alpha Eta Society

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Development, validation, and implementation of precise, meaningful, and psychometrically sound outcome measures of impairment, activity, participation, and quality of life
  • Building evidence to support recovery, compensatory and behavioral interventions for persons living with and affected by chronic conditions
  • Promoting best practice in rehabilitation and habilitation through knowledge translation and implementation science methodologies

Awards and Honors

  • The Sir Ludwig Guttman Lecture and Plenary. International Spinal Cord Society, 2018, Sydney, Australia
  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research, 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Alpha Eta Society , 2013, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Clinical Excellence Award, American Paraplegia Society, 2009, Orlando, FL
  • The Inaugural Apple Award, American Spinal Injury Association, 2007, Atlanta, GA
  • The G. Heiner Sell Research and Education Award, American Spinal Injury Association, Atlanta, GA
  • The Emerging Leader Award, Thomas Jefferson University, 2000, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Inquisitive Clinician Award, Thomas Jefferson University, 1991, Philadelphia, PA


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. International Spinal Cord Injury Physical Therapy–Occupational Therapy Basic Data Set (Version 1.2)
  2. Development of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Spinal Cord Injury (PedsQL™ SCI) module: qualitative methods
  3. Scoping review of school-to-work transition for youth with intellectual disabilities: A practice gap
  4. Recommendations for evaluation of neurogenic bladder and bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury and/or disease
  5. Home Activity-based Interventions for the Neurologically Impaired Upper Extremity: A Scoping Review
  6. Adaptive trial designs for spinal cord injury clinical trials directed to the central nervous system
  7. The International Spinal Cord Injury Pediatric Activity and Participation Basic Data Set
  8. Development of the International Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction Education Basic Data Set
  9. Tracking Spinal Cord Injury Functional Outcomes Across the Lifespan: Validation of Linking Coefficients
  10. The 2019 revision of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI)—What’s new?
  11. Determining a transitional scoring link between PROMIS® pediatric and adult physical health measures
  12. Interviewer-versus self-administration of PROMIS® measures for adults with traumatic injury
  13. The Cerebral Palsy Profile of Health and Function: Upper-Extremity Domain's Sensitivity to Change Following Musculoskeletal Surgery
  14. Diffusion Tensor Imaging Assessment of Regional White Matter Changes in the Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Cord in Pediatric Subjects
  15. Progressive neuromuscular scoliosis secondary to spinal cord injury in a young patient treated with nonfusion anterior scoliosis correction
  16. Interrater reliability of the pediatric neuromuscular recovery scale for spinal cord injury
  17. Spinal cord injuries and disorders in children and adolescents
  18. Application of Color Transformation Techniques in Pediatric Spinal Cord MR Images: Typically Developing and Spinal Cord Injury Population
  19. Evaluation of the graded redefined assessment of strength, sensibility and prehension (GRASSP) in children with tetraplegia
  20. Examination of psychometric properties of PROMIS®: Pediatric upper limb measures in youth with cerebral palsy
  21. Activity-based rehabilitation interventions of the neurologically impaired upper extremity: Description of a scoping review protocol
  22. Evaluation of the capabilities of upper extremity test (CUE-T) in children with tetraplegia
  23. Considerations and recommendations for selection and utilization of upper extremity clinical outcome assessments in human spinal cord injury trials
  24. Identification of ghost artifact using texture analysis in pediatric spinal cord diffusion tensor images
  25. Despite limitations in content range, the SCIM-III is reproducible and a valid indicator of physical function in youths with spinal cord injury and dysfunction