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Elena V. Donoso Brown, PhD., OTR/L

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

220 Rangos
Phone: 412.396.5945


Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Washington, 2012
M.S., Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, 2005
B.S. Health Sciences, Duquesne University, 2004

Education: Earned Bachelor's degree in health sciences and Masters of Science in occupational therapy from Duquesne University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Washington.

Clinical Background: Inpatient rehabilitation with a focus in stroke and traumatic brain injury, acute care.

Personal Profile: I have been an OT for 9 nine years and I am just beginning my career as an educator. I have a young family and enjoy all that Pittsburgh has to offer from great parks and museums to local sports and music.

Honors/Awards: T-32 Fellow


Teaching Philosophy: I believe that learning is a collaborative process between the educator and the student. In the process both the students and the educator bring knowledge that can enhance a deeper understanding of the material.

DU Courses I've Taught or Co-taught/Assisted* in:

OCCT 522: Intervention Seminar/Lab
OCCT 535/L: Occupational Performance Evaluation/Lab
OCCT 537/L: Human Motion and Movement/Lab*
OCCT 530/L: Biomechanical Function/Lab*
OCCT 533: Principles of Research Seminar*
OCCT 532: Qualitative Research*
OCCT 520/L: Neurological & Sensorimotor Function II/Lab*
OCCT 561/L: Occupational Therapy Administration/Lab*
OCCT 574: Fieldwork Proposal


Research Focus: My current research focus is in home programming for upper extremity recovery after stroke, this includes but is not exclusive to telemedicine as a service extension. I would like to understand the perspectives of the providers and caregivers in this phase and stage of recovery.

Current Projects: I am currently working collaboratively with Dr. Muñoz and Dr. Suarez-Balcazar (UIC) on a survey for multicultural training practices in occupational therapy programs throughout the country.


Donoso Brown, E.; McCoy, S. W.; Fechko, A. S.; Price, R.;Gilbertson, T.; Moritz, C.T. (2014). A Preliminary Investigation of an Electromyography-controlled Video Game as a Home Program for Persons in the Chronic Phase of Stroke Recovery. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2014.02.025

Hoffman, J.M.; Donoso Brown, E.; Chan, L.; Dikmen, S.; Temkin, N.; Bell, K.R. (2012). Change in Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions for Individuals with TBI after Implementation of the Medicare IRF-PPS. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 (8), 1305-1312.

Donoso Brown, E.V., Munoz, J.P., Powell, J.M. (2011). Multicultural training in the United States: A survey of occupational therapy programs. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 25, 2-3, 178-193. 001: 10.3109107380577.2011.560240


Research Presentations

2012 Donoso Brown, E.; Rios, D.; Jirikowic, T. "Innovative Uses of Technology in Intervention Throughout the Lifespan," Research Platform, American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

2011 Donoso Brown, E.; Rios, D.; Gilbertson, T.; Lubetzky-Vilnai, A; Gutman, K.; Price, R.; Moritz, C.; Otis, B.; Westcott McCoy, S. "Neurogame Therapy for Children and Adults with Neurological Motor Dysfunction," University of Washington, Justus F. Lehman Day Poster Session, Seattle, WA.

2005 Donoso, E. & Muñoz, J. P. "Multicultural Training: A National Survey of Faculty Perspectives," Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

2005 Donoso, E. & Muñoz, J. P. "Multicultural Training: A National Survey of Faculty Perspectives," American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Long Beach, CA.

2004 Muñoz, J. P.; Surgeon, J.; Donoso, E. "Multicultural Training: A Study of Student Perspectives," American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Academic Presentations

2010 "Functional Measures for Hemi-inattention: A Feasibility Study" University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine Research Seminar, Seattle, WA.

2009 "Occupational Therapy: Skills for the Job of Living," University of Washington, Medical Speech Pathology SPHSC533, Seattle, WA.

2008 "The Rehabilitation Team: Concepts and Practice," University of Washington, Open Session for 1st year Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Prosthetic and Orthotic Students, Seattle, WA.

2007 "Sensory and Perceptual Deficits," Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Nursing Education Seminar, Schenectady, NY.

2006 "The Rehabilitation Team: Concepts and Practice," Russell Sage College, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Troy, New York