Mary Gannotti

Professor of Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation Sciences

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
860.768.5373 Dana 401F ResearchGate

Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Post-Doctoral Fellowship

University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology, PhD

University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology, MA

University of Connecticut, Department of Allied Health, Physical Therapy, BS

I am a medical anthropologist who studies the inter-relationships among contextual factors, disability, health, function, and quality of life. My work includes validation of a Spanish translation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, ethnography of childhood disability in Puerto Rico, outcomes of adults with cerebral palsy, modeling influences on treatment effectiveness, use of secondary data sets, and exploration of common measures for outcome assessment nationally and globally. Current interests are in dosing exercise for bone health in adulthood, and pain experiences of adults with cerebral palsy.

My teaching focus is on neurologic rehabilitation, motor control, physical activity for health and well being, and research methods. Professional interests include advocacy for access to rehabilitation services by underserved populations, aging with cerebral palsy, quality improvement, and physical activity and quality of life. I am a founding member of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network, which is a learning health network for individuals with cerebral palsy that focuses on high quality multicenter research, quality improvement, advocacy, and community outreach. Current professional work is focused on improving community based rehabilitation services for individuals with cerebral palsy.