Professor Mary Gannotti’s teaching focus is on physical therapy interventions for people with lifelong chronic disabling conditions. Gannotti is responsible for co-teaching the neuro-evaluation and intervention courses for people with neurologic dysfunction, including outcome measures, orthotics, and functional mobility training. She is also responsible for teaching disability studies, a course that focuses on the personal and environmental influences on disability status in the United States and internationally.
Gannotti’s research focus is on clinical outcomes of people with chronic disabiling conditions, with a special focus on the personal and environmental influences on disability status. She is responsible for translating and validating a Spanish version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory. She has worked in multiple settings with children and adults with chronic disabling conditions in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean islands. She performed post-doctoral research at the Yale University School of Public Health and Epidemiology, which focused on the vulnerability and unmet needs of Latino adults and children with disabilities both in the United States and in Latin America. She has collaborated with the Shriners Hospitals for Children to investigate the inter-relationships among social and physical factors with clinical outcomes of adults with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. She is currently investigating the inter-relationships among the characteristics of children, families, and health services on outcomes in children with cerebral palsy. She is also on the leadership team of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) to advance the study of outcomes of adults with cerebral palsy.