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Elena Donoso Brown

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

220 Rangos
Phone: 412.396.5450
donosobrowne@duq.edu

Education:

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

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 11 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.

Dr. DB talks about Living the Spirit: https://youtu.be/aFZLxD_6-UI

Honors/Awards: T-32 Fellow

Teaching and Learning in Action:

Grocery Shopping TOGSSgrocery shopping TOGSS 2                                                                                Occupational Performance Evaluation students completing the Test Of Grocery Shopping Skills.

Conference Presentations 2016:

AOTA 2016   

2016 AOTA conference in Chicago, IL

World Congress   

2016 World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation in Philadelphia, PA

Teaching

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. Students in my classes are taught how to use evidence and knowledge to make decisions whether that be for a biomechanical intervention or qualitative research methods.

DU Courses I Teach or Co-teach in:

OCCT 535/L: Occupational Performance Evaluation/Lab
OCCT 530/L: Biomechanical Function/Lab*
OCCT 532: Qualitative Research
OCCT 522: Intervention Seminar/Lab*
OCCT 625: Designing Effective Programs
OCCT 650: Instructional Learning Theory & Technology
OCCT 574: Fieldwork Proposal

*Indicates course that are co-taught.

Research

Research Focus: 

  • Support the assessment and rehabilitation of adults with neurological diagnoses
  • Understand methods that can support implementation of rehabilitation recommendations into practice to improve health outcomes and decrease care costs
  • Explore the uses of technology in both measurement of clinical outcomes and the classroom
  • Understand professional development through interprofessional collaborations and learning experiences for students

Current Projects: My current projects include: 1) a series of qualitative investigations of stakeholders in home programming for individuals post stroke, 2) a preliminary investigation of a back brace for individuals with Parkinson's disease, and 3) the validation of a tablet based cognitive assessment for individuals after traumatic brain injury. Future investigations include understand the effect of music on upper extremity home program adherence for individuals post-stroke.

Publications

Student authors supervised or co-supervised by Dr. Donoso Brown are noted with an asterisk (*).

Wallace, S.E., Donoso Brown, E.V., Saylor, A., & Lapp, E. (2018). Participants' perceptions of an aphasia-friendly occupational therapy home program. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/10749357.2018.1517492

Szucs, K. A. & Donoso Brown, E. V. (2018). Rater reliability and construct validity of a mobile application for posture analysis. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 30(1), 31-36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1589/jpts.30.31 

Donoso Brown, E. V. & *Fichter, R. (2017). Home programs for upper extremity recovery post-stroke: A survey of occupational therapy practitioners. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 24(8), 573-578. doi: 10.1080/10749357.2017.1366013

Donoso Brown, E. V., & Powell, J.M. (2017) Assessment of unilateral neglect in stroke: Simplification and structuring of test items. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 80(7), 448-452. doi: 10.1177/0308022616685582

Manspeaker, S. A., Donoso Brown, E. V., Wallace, S. E., DiBartola, L., & Morgan, A. (2017). Examining the perceived impact of an ethics workshop on interprofessional values and teamwork. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/13561820.2017.1336992

Donoso Brown, E. V., & Powell, J.M. (2017) Assessment of unilateral neglect in stroke: Simplification and structuring of test items. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 80(7), 448-452. doi: 10.1177/0308022616685582

Wallace, S.E., Donoso Brown, E., Fairman, A., Beardshall, K., *Olexsovich, A., Taylor, A., & Schreiber, J. (2017). Validation of the Standardized Touchscreen Assessment of Cognition in neurotypical adults. NeuroRehabilitation. 40(3), 411-420. doi: 10.3233/NRE-161428

Donoso Brown, E.; Dudgeon, B.J.; Gutman, K.; Moritz, C.T.; McCoy, S.W. (2015). Understanding upper extremity home programs and the use of gaming technology for persons after stroke. Disability & Health Journal 8(4), 507-513.

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. 

Book Chapters 

Donoso Brown, E.V., Munoz, J.P., & Pan, A.W. (2019). Person-centered evaluation. In C. Brown, V.C. Stoffel, J.P. Munoz (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, Third Edition. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Presentations

National and International Presentations

Donoso Brown, E.V., Redford, A., Wallace, S.E., Sather, T., & Braun, S. (2018). Supporting participation in exercise programs for individuals with aphasia: Outcomes and future directions. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dallas, TX.

Ducey, L.*, Palermo, V.*, Donoso Brown E.V. (2018, April). Upper extremity home programs for individuals post-stroke: Capturing occupational therapists' perspectives. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Conference Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Donoso Brown, E.V., Eskander, J.*, Wallace S., Matthews, L.* (2018, April) Music and adherence in home programs post-stroke. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Conference Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Morgus, K., Benson, J.D., Donoso Brown, E., & Smitsky, D. (2018, April). The Effect of alternate seating on improving attention and in seat behavior of preschoolers with Autism. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Conference Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kinney, J.*, Matthews, L., Wallace, S.E., Rusiewicz, H., Donoso Brown, E.V., & Schiber, J. (2017, November). Drawing conclusions about aphasia: An examination of the relationship between word retrieval, drawing, and semantics. Poster, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual National Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

Fichter, R.* & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2017, April) Understanding the implementation of home programs for upper extremity motor recovery with persons post-stroke: Capturing occupational therapy practitioners' practice and perspectives. Poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Wynne, E.*, Donoso Brown, E.V., Herge, E.A., Franck, K. (2017, April). Developing your community toolbox: An online, face-to-face, and hands on training program. Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

McCool, C., Ricker, M., Wallace, S.E., Manspeaker, S., & Donoso Brown, E. (2016, November). Interprofessional educational workshop: Heath science students' perceptions. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual National Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

DiBartola, L., Manspeaker, S., Wallace, S.E., Donoso Brown, E., & Morgan, A. (2016, October). An interprofessional ethics workshop: Students' perceptions on learning. Paper presented at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Donoso Brown, E. & DeIuliis, E. (2016, April) Navigating the Transition from the Clinic to Academia: Identifying a Path and Creating a Plan. Poster, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Donoso Brown, E.; Vojcsik, G.; Bleakley, S.; Boring, E.*; Moon, J.* (2016, May) Development and Pilot Testing of an Innovative Thoracolumbar brace for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Poster presented at the World Congress for Neurorehabilitation Bi-annual convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Donoso Brown, E. & Powell, J.M. (2015, April) Considerations for Evidence-Based Unilateral Neglect Assessment. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Donoso Brown, E.; Dudgeon, B.J. (2015, April) Stroke Survivors' Perspectives on Home Exercise Programs and Use of Gaming Technology. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Donoso Brown, E., Kane, A., Xue, X., Zhou, H., Li, W., Liu, Q., McElroy, M., & Steele, J. (2015, April). Cultural Integration Program: Promoting Success of Foreign Students in and out of the Classroom. Short Course, American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

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

State and Regional Presentation

*Rodgers, M. & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2018, October). A comparison of computerized and paper and pencil versions of the MoCA. Oral presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Monroeville, PA.

*McElroy, T., *Gough, M., Donoso Brown, E.V., *Kessler, F., & *Gallipoli, J. (2018, October) Exploring the use of Microsoft Bands to measure task repetitive practice. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Monroeville, PA.

*Blough, A., Benson, J.D., Smitsky, D., & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2018, October) The effect of sensorimotor strategies on attention and in seat behavior in preschoolers with Austism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Monroeville, PA.

Wallace, S. E., Donoso Brown, E. V., Simpson, R., D'Acunto, K., Kranjec, A., *Agostino, C., *Rodgers, M., & *Zoeckler, M. (2018, March). A Comparison of Computerized and Paper and Pencil Versions of the MoCA. Student poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Wallace, S. E., Donoso Brown, E. V., Saylor, A., & Lapp, E. (2018, March). Aphasia-Friendly Occupational Therapy Home Program: Analysis of Participant Perceptions. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mattila, A.M. & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2017, March) Facilitating Connections: Low Tech to High Tech Methods for Collaboration. Poster, 2018 Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Donoso Brown, E.; Zangara, L.*, Olexsovich, A.; Fairman, A. (2016, October) Computerized Assessment of Cognition for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, Lancaster, PA.

DeIuliis, E., & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2015, October) Academia as an OT Practice Setting? Workshop, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Invited Scholarly Conference Presentations

Wallace, S.E., & Donoso Brown, E.V. (2018, March). Use of electronic cognitive assessments: What have we learned? Invited seminar at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language and Hearing Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

*denotes publications with Duquesne University students