Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi

SLP Program Director & Associate Professor
  • Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Office: 103 Forsyth Building
Phone: 617-373-5750

ScD, Boston University
MEd, Northeastern University
BS, Worcester State College

American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
Massachusetts State Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology
Massachusetts Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Impaired

Scholarly Interests
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Cognition (e.g., attention, memory, and executive function)
Family Homelessness
Health and Language Literacy in Children and Adults
Social Pragmatics
Traumatic Brain Injury
Voice Disorders (speaking and singing)

Low Income Families and Health and Language Literacy
Rehabilitation Outcomes
Social Pragmatics and Asperger Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury (civilian and military)

Speech-Language Disorders in Adults
Voice Disorders

Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi is the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Director and, in this capacity, oversees the coordination of the academic and clinical aspects of the program. Consistent with this role, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi is highly interested in the integration of Speech Language Pathology theory and clinical practice with cognitive-communication and swallowing impaired individuals across the lifespan. Her teaching is clinically based, thereby empowering students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to children and adults with whom they are working. Dr. O’Neil-Pirozzi’s research focuses are clinically motivated, for example: whether individuals with traumatic brain injury can improve their memory function; whether certain swallowing tests used with tracheostomized individuals reliably and validly measure what they are thought to measure; and whether parents, with and without literacy challenges of their own, can learn to facilitate their children’s literacy and/or social pragmatic development. Her community service is driven by a desire to integrate personal social ethics and professional practice, for example: overseeing a weekly program whereby undergraduate and graduate students provide language literacy stimulation to children residing in homeless shelters.

In June 2003, Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi received Northeastern University's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor initiated by her students.  Much of her research is done with interdisciplinary colleagues and department undergraduate and graduate students.  She, her colleagues, and her students have authored many peer-reviewed publications and national and international presentations.  Her homeless shelter literacy program has been featured in the Boston Globe and in On Call Magazine.   

Peer-reviewed Publications (partial listing)
O'Neil-Pirozzi T. Please respect patient confidentiality. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 28, 48-51, 2001.  Glenn MB, O'Neil-Pirozzi T, Goldstein R, Burke D, Jacob L. Depression amongst outpatients with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 15(9):811-8, 2001. 

Glenn MB, Burke DT, O'Neil-Pirozzi T, Goldstein R, Jacob L, Kettell J. Cutoff score on the apathy evaluation scale in subjects with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury,16(6):509-516, 2002.

O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Lisiecki DJ, Momose KJ, Connors JJ, Milliner MP. Simultaneous modified barium swallow and blue dye tests: A determination of the accuracy of blue dye test aspiration findings. Dysphagia, 18(1):32-38, 2003.

O'Neil-Pirozzi TM. Language functioning of residents in family homeless shelters.  American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12(2):229-242, 2003.

O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Momose KJ, Mello J, Lepak P, McCabe M, Connors JJ, Lisiecki DJ. Feasibility of swallowing interventions for tracheostomized individuals with severely disordered consciousness following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 17(5):389-399, 2003.

Hart T, O’Neil-Pirozzi T, Morita C. Clinician expectations for portable electronic devices as cognitive-behavioural orthotics in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  Brain Injury, 17(5):401-411, 2003.

O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Kendrick, H, Goldstein, R, Glenn, M. Clinician influences on use of portable electronic memory devices in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury, 18(2):179-189, 2004.

Strangman, G, O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Burke, D, Cristina, D, Goldstein, R, Rauch SL, Savage, CR, Glenn, MB. Functional neuroimaging and cognitive rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84(1):62-75, 2005.

O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Goldstein, R. Test-retest reliability of the VIrtual Planning Test. Brain Injury, 19(14):1191-1196, 2005.

Schlosser RW, O’Neil-Pirozzi TM. Problem formulation in evidence-based practice and systematic reviews. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 33, 5-10, 2006.

Blom-Hoffman, J, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Cutting, J. Read together, talk together: The acceptability of teaching parents to use dialogic reading strategies via videotaped instruction. Psychology in the Schools, 43(1):71-78, 2006.

O'Neil-Pirozzi TM. Comparisons of context-based interaction patterns of mothers who are homeless with their preschool children. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3):278-288, 2006.

Blom-Hoffman, J, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Volpe, R, Cutting, J, Bissinger, E. Instructing parents to use Dialogic Reading strategies with preschool children: Impact of a video-based training program on caregiver reading behaviors. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 23(1):117-131, 2006.

Hart, T, O’Neil-Pirozzi TM, Williams KD, Rapport, L, Hammond F, Kreutzer J. Racial differences in caregiving patterns, caregiver emotional function and sources of emotional support following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 22(2), 122-131, 2007.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Dezfulian T, Kreutzer JS, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Hammond F, Jha A. Predictors of marital stability 2 years following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 22(7-8):565-74, 2008.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Williams K, Kreutzer JS, Marquez de la Plata CD, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Wehman P. Racial differences in employment outcomes after traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):988-95, 2008.

Marquez de la Plata, C, Hart, T, Hammond, FM, Frol, A, Hudak, A, Harper, C, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Whyte, J, Diaz- Arrastia, R. Impact of age on long-term recovery from traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):896-903, 2008.

Strangman, GE, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Goldstein, R, Kelkar K., Katz, DI, Burke, DT, Rauch, SL, Savage, CR, Glenn, MB. Prediction of memory rehabilitation outcomes in traumatic brain injury by using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(5):974-81, 2008.

Arango-Lasprilla JC, Ketchum JM, Gary KW, Kreutzer JS, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Wehman P, Marquez de la Plata C, Jha A. The influence of minority status on job stability after traumatic brain injury. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1(1):41-49, 2009.

Strangman, GE, Goldstein, R, O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Kelkar, K, Burke, DT, Katz, DI, Rauch, SL, Savage, CR, Glenn, MB. Neurophysiological alterations during strategy-based verbal learning in traumatic brain injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 23(3):226-36, 2009.

O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM. Feasibility and benefit of parent participation in a program emphasizing preschool child language development while homeless. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(3):252-263, 2009.

O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Strangman, GE, Goldstein, R, Katz, DI, Savage, CR, Kelkar, K, Supelana, C, Burke, DT, Rauch, S, Glenn MB. A controlled treatment study of I-MEMS: A group intervention emphasizing internal memory strategies following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25: 43-51, 2010.

O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Goldstein, R, Strangman, GE, Katz, DI, Glenn, MB. Test-re-test reliability of the virtual planning test in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 24(3):509-516, 2010.  

Cherney, LR, Gardner, P, Logemann, JA, Newman, LA, O'Neil-Pirozzi, T, Roth, CR, Solomon, NP. The role of speech-language pathology and audiology in the optimal management of the service member returning from Iraq or Afghanistan with a blast-related head injury: Position of the communication sciences and disorders clinicaltrials research group. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25(3), 219-224, 2010.

Dowds, MM, Lee, PH, Sheer, JB, O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Xenopoulos-Oddsson, A, Goldstein, R, Zainea, KL, Glenn, MB. Electronic reminding technology following traumatic brain injury: Effects on timely task completion. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, in press.

Support for some of the above provided by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, and Northeastern University.

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