Dr. Pauline C. Hamel is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences where she has been a member of the leadership team in both the Health Sciences and Physical Therapy Departments over 25 years and has taught courses including communications for the health professions, the American healthcare system, healthcare management, professional development, and more recently created, developed and currently teaches a Dialogue of Civilizations in comparative healthcare systems and global health communications in London. She previously served as Director of Clinical Education in NU’s Physical Therapy Department and taught at Boston University’s DPT program and Metropolitan College (online Health Communication program). An educator, mentor, consultant, clinician (physical therapist), health care administrator and public health leader, she received her doctorate from Boston University in Administration, Training and Policy and serves on the statewide Board of Directors of Easter Seals Massachusetts. As former director of Mass in Motion New Bedford, MA, she was project coordinator of the CDC-funded Mass in Motion Kids research demonstration project (CORD) in collaboration with MA Department of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality. Dr. Hamel has mentored hundreds of college students and young professionals over the years. Her current interests include health communications, global health, innovation in inter-professional and experiential education, healthy aging and curriculum design.



  • BS in Physical Therapy, Bouvé /Northeastern University, 1973
  • MEd in Rehabilitation Administration, School of Education/Northeastern University, 1976
  • EdD in Administration, Training and Policy, School of Education/Boston University, 2006


Research Interests:

  • Health communications, global health, innovation in interprofessional and experiential education, healthy aging and curriculum design


Scholarly Presentations:

  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), St. Petersburg FL. From Practitioner to Interprofessional Public Health Educator: A Physical Therapist’s Journey toward the ‘Greater Good’, October 2018
  • Invited Speaker, Health Communication 10: Health Communication in the Decade Ahead,
    Mentoring through Change: Why it Matters. Boston University, June 16, 2018
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy AACP Annual Meeting, A Model Experiential Education Program for First Year Health Professions Students to Begin Developing Interprofessional Competencies, O’Neil-Pirozzi, Musler, T., Carney, M., Day, L., Hamel, P., Kirwin, J. Pharmacy Education 2018, Boston, Massachusetts, Summer 2018
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference 2017 Theme: “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health” . SNAP, Crackle and Shop: Addressing Food Access and Transportation through Farmer’s Markets and CSAs in  Farm to Table is not Just for the Wealthy: Connecting Farm Fresh Foods with Underserved Communities. Hamel, P., Ferreira, K., Atlanta, GA November 4-8, 2017
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Conference Theme: ASAHP at 50 – Reflections on the past, a window to the future of healthcare. The Interprofessional Learning Continuum: Learn it, Love it, Live it! Co-presenter: Dierdre Jordan. San Antonio. TX October 18-20, 2017
  • National Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice (NEXUS) Minneapolis, MN. Conference Theme: Nexus Summit 2017 Provocative Ideas for Practical IPE (Poster) Title: A Model Experiential Education Program for First Year Health Professions Students to Begin Developing Interprofessional Competencies, Co-Authors Hamel, P., Carney, M., Day, L., Kirwin, J., Musler, J., O’Neil-Pirozzi, T. August 20-23, 2017


Selected Public Service:

  • Board of Directors (Pro Bono), Easter Seals Massachusetts
  • Consultant (Pro Bono), Mass in Motion New Bedford/Coastal Foodshed



  • Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Massachusetts