Philadelphia University + 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

Board Certification

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

University Appointment


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 Committee
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
  • 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. The Cerebral Palsy Profile of Health and Function: Upper-Extremity Domain's Sensitivity to Change Following Musculoskeletal Surgery
  2. Spinal cord injuries and disorders in children and adolescents
  3. Application of Color Transformation Techniques in Pediatric Spinal Cord MR Images: Typically Developing and Spinal Cord Injury Population
  4. Evaluation of the graded redefined assessment of strength, sensibility and prehension (GRASSP) in children with tetraplegia
  5. Examination of psychometric properties of PROMIS®: Pediatric upper limb measures in youth with cerebral palsy
  6. Activity-based rehabilitation interventions of the neurologically impaired upper extremity: Description of a scoping review protocol
  7. Evaluation of the capabilities of upper extremity test (CUE-T) in children with tetraplegia
  8. Considerations and recommendations for selection and utilization of upper extremity clinical outcome assessments in human spinal cord injury trials
  9. Identification of ghost artifact using texture analysis in pediatric spinal cord diffusion tensor images
  10. 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
  11. Reduced Field of View Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Fiber Tractography of the Pediatric Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury
  12. Determining a transitional scoring link between PROMIS® pediatric and adult physical health measures
  13. Age related diffusion and tractography changes in typically developing pediatric cervical and thoracic spinal cord
  14. Relevance of the international spinal cord injury basic data sets to youth: An Inter-Professional review with recommendations
  15. International spinal cord injury bowel function basic data set (Version 2.0)
  16. Evaluation of the Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury II (WISCI-II) in children with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  17. Recommendations for the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke spinal cord injury common data elements for children and youth with SCI
  18. Reduced FOV diffusion tensor MR imaging and fiber tractography of pediatric cervical spinal cord injury
  19. Alignment of outcome instruments used in hand therapy with the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: A scoping review
  20. The Pediatric Measure of Participation (PMoP) short forms