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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129-3109
- PhD, Hofstra University
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Joseph T. Giacino, PhD is Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and Research Associate in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), Consulting Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Adjunct Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He teaches Neuroethics and serves as a Capstone Seminar mentor in the Master’s program at the HMS Center for Bioethics. He directs the SRH Neurorehabilitation Laboratory which seeks to develop more precise neurodiagnostic procedures, outcome assessment measures and interventions for persons with severe brain injury and disorders of consciousness (DoC). He is the Project Director of the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and co-leads the Outcomes Core of the “Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in TBI” and “TBI Endpoint Development projects, which aim to validate clinical, imaging, and genomic biomarkers to improve TBI diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. He is a Co-PI on a pilot clinical trial assessing, “Central Thalamic Stimulation for Traumatic Brain Injury” and recently completed a DoD-funded project that developed an Evidence-Based Clinical Outcome Assessment Platform (“EB-COP”) for evaluation of TBI outcome measures. He led expert panels that established the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state and developed the 2018 AAN-ACRM-NIDILRR Practice Guideline on DoC. He also maintains numerous national and international collaborations aimed at improving care for patients with TBI.
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GiacinoJT, Kalmar K, Whyte J. The JFK coma recovery scale-revised: Measurement characteristics and diagnostic utility. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004;85:2020-9.
SchiffND, Rodriguez-Moreno D, Kamal A, Kim KHS, Giacino J, Plum F, Hirsch J. Functional MRI reveals largescale network activation in minimally conscious patients. Neurology 2005;64:514-23.
VossHU, Ulug AM, Dyke JP, Watts R, Kobylarz EJ, McCandliss B, Heier LA, Beattie BJ,Hamacher KA, Vallabhajosula S, Goldsmith SJ, Ballon D, Giacino JT, Schiff ND. Axonalre-growth in late recovery from the minimally conscious state. J Clin Invest2006;116:205-11.
Schiff ND, GiacinoJT (co-lead author),Kalmar K, et al.Behavioral improvements with thalamic stimulation after severe traumatic braininjury. Nature 2007;448:600-4.
Rodriguez-MorenoD, Schiff ND, Giacino JT, et al. A network approach to assess cognition in disorders of consciousness.Neurology 2010;75:1871-78.