Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Mulcahey Clinical Research


Dr. Mulcahey is an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher. Her primary area of research is on the development, validation and utilization of new and existing outcome measures of impairment, physical function, activity, and participation for children, youth and adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other chronic health conditions. She conducted a seminal psychometric multi-center study on the psychometric properties of the International Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury in children, which subsequently lead to evidence-informed guidelines on evaluation of the neurological consequence of SCI in children, and the first study aimed at establish imaging biomarkers of pediatric SCI. Dr. Mulcahey has also developed and validated IRT-based child and parent reported outcome measures, studied the PROMIS ® instruments in clinical samples, conducted psychometric studies to establish lower age guidelines for outcome instruments used in SCI clinical trials, established pediatric recommendation for the NINDS SCI CDE and International SCI basic data sets, and developed and validated estimates to allow linking between pediatric and adult patient reported outcome scores. Dr. Mulcahey is currently using psychometrically sound instruments to evaluate treatment effectiveness on impairment, functional ability and participation.  



Mary Jane Mulcahey, PhD, OPTR/L

Contact Dr. Mulcahey

901 Walnut Street
Suite 642
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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