Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi, Sci.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Project Director/Co-Investigator, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi is the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Director at Northeastern University and, in this capacity, oversees the coordination of the academic and clinical aspects of the program. Consistent with this role, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi is highly interested in the integration of Speech Language Pathology theory and clinical practice with cognitive-communication and swallowing impaired individuals across the lifespan. Her teaching is clinically based, thereby empowering students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to children and adults with whom they are working. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi’s research focuses are clinically motivated, for example: whether individuals with traumatic brain injury can improve their memory function; whether certain swallowing tests used with tracheostomized individuals reliably and validly measure what they are thought to measure; and whether parents, with and without literacy challenges of their own, can learn to facilitate their children’s literacy and/or social pragmatic development. 

Her community service is driven by a desire to integrate personal social ethics and professional practice, for example: overseeing a weekly program whereby undergraduate and graduate students provide language literacy stimulation to children residing in homeless shelters.

In June 2003, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi received Northeastern University's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor initiated by her students.  Much of her research is done with interdisciplinary colleagues and department undergraduate and graduate students.  She, her colleagues, and her students have authored many peer-reviewed publications and national and international presentations.  Her homeless shelter literacy program has been featured in the Boston Globe and in On Call Magazine.   


Research Interests: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognition (e.g., attention, memory, and executive function), Health and Language Literacy in Children and Adults, Language, Neuroscience, Swallowing/Dysphagia Tracheostomy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Voice Disorders (speaking and singing)

Recent Publications:

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Dezfulian T, Kreutzer JS, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Hammond F, Jha A. Predictors of marital stability 2 years following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 22(7-8):565-74, 2008.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Williams K, Kreutzer JS, Marquez de la Plata CD, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Wehman P. Racial differences in employment outcomes after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):988-95, 2008.

Marquez de la Plata, C, Hart, T, Hammond, FM, Frol, A, Hudak, A, Harper, C, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Whyte, J, Diaz- Arrastia, R. Impact of age on long-term recovery from traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):896-903, 2008.

Strangman, GE, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Goldstein, R, Kelkar K., Katz, DI, Burke, DT, Rauch, SL, Savage, CR, Glenn, MB. Prediction of memory rehabilitation outcomes in traumatic brain injury by using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):974-81, 2008.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Gary KW, Kreutzer JS, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Wehman P, Marquez de la Plata C, Jha A. The influence of minority status on job stability after traumatic brain injury. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1(1):41-49, 2009.

Strangman, GE, Goldstein, R, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Kelkar, K, Burke, DT, Katz, DI, Rauch, SL, Savage, CR, Glenn, MB. Neurophysiological alterations during strategy-based verbal learning in traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 23(3):226-36, 2009.

O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM. Feasibility and benefit of parent participation in a program emphasizing preschool child language development while homeless. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(3):252-263, 2009.

O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Strangman, GE, Goldstein, R, Katz, DI, Savage, CR, Kelkar, K, Supelana, C, Burke, DT, Rauch, S, Glenn MB. A controlled treatment study of I-MEMS: A group intervention emphasizing internal memory strategies following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25: 43-51, 2010.

O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Goldstein, R, Strangman, GE, Katz, DI, Glenn, MB. Test-re-test reliability of the virtual planning test in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 24(3):509-516, 2010.  

Cherney, LR, Gardner, P, Logemann, JA, Newman, LA, O'Neil-Pirozzi, T, Roth, CR, Solomon, NP. The role of speech-language pathology and audiology in the optimal management of the service member returning from Iraq or Afghanistan with a blast-related head injury: Position of the communication sciences and disorders clinicaltrials research group. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25(3), 219-224, 2010.

Dowds, MM, Lee, PH, Sheer, JB, O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Xenopoulos-Oddsson, A, Goldstein, R, Zainea, KL, Glenn, MB. Electronic reminding technology following traumatic brain injury: Effects on timely task completion. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(5), 339-472011.