Frey named an associate director of Program in Occupational Therapy


Scott Frey, PhD, has been named an associate director of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine and head of its Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD program.

Frey, a professor of occupational therapy and of neurology, comes to the School of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he directed the Brain Imaging Center and the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab and was the Miller Family Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience.

He began in his new position July 1.

His research focus is the neuroscience of sensorimotor action planning and control. This work has involved individuals with injuries to the brain or limbs, including amputees. Recent work with people who have received hand transplants demonstrates that recovery of function after limb injury has a lot to do with adaptations that occur in the brain’s sensory and motor systems. Frey’s current work explores ways of facilitating these adaptations to enhance recovery.

Frey earned a master’s degree in human development from Harvard and a doctorate in experimental psychology from Cornell. He undertook postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the Geisel School of Medicine and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth before founding the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon and overseeing that university’s Robert and Beverly Lewis Center for Neuroimaging.

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