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Stephen Page, Ph.D., M.S., MOT, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

Associate Professor
The Ohio State University
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Division of Occupational Therapy
443 Atwell Hall
453 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone: 614-292-5490

Fax: (614) 292-0210
Email: stephen.page@osumc.edu 

Primary Interests

My team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. We have held uninterrupted extramural funding to support our rehabilitative trials for nearly 15 years, and have produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation, brain stimulation in moderately impaired individuals, and several other innovative strategies in people with acquired brain injuries. This includes 8 NIH grants and 5 grants from the American Heart Association, as well as funding from multiple private organizations and subcontracts. I have also published over 100 peer reviewed articles, have delivered over 250 lectures nationally and internationally, and have served as guest issue editor for 14 special issues of rehabilitative and neurological journals since 2001, including The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Head Trauma RehabilitationI am also Associate Editor of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and a fellow of the American Heart Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and The American Occupational Therapy Association; the only OT to hold all of these distinctions. I also am a standing panel member on NIH's ​Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Panel.

While "translation" is a common buzzword in academic circles, very few clinician scientists make efforts to actually speak regularly with non scientist audiences (such as clinicians and patients) about their findings, or have surrogates do this for them. What's the purpose of doing science if it is not communicated to the populations whom we aspire to serve? 

To accomplish such translation, I have organized and chaired 8 regional, national, and international neurorehabilitation conferences, and I co-chaired the 2003 and 2004 international, joint meetings of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation/the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Locally, I created and co-direct the Ohio Neurorehabilitation Academy, which brings in national speakers to provide all day, "hands on" clinics to rehabilitation clinicians from across the region. I also take great joy in providing lunch and learns to area clinicians, and to working closely with my team and with clients and their families in the clinic and in our lab. To further bolster translation effiorts into the clinic, I work in the community as an OT with people with neurological impairments.  

Outside of the university, I also co-developed and implement the field's only stroke certification for physical and occupational therapists. This seminar-based program - called the "Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist" (CSRS) - is another way that I translate scientific information to clinicians. You can learn more about this opp​ortunity at:  www.strokecertification.com​​​

Finally, I have mentored well over 60 students, with almost all of them at least publishing a paper and/or presenting the results of their work at a professional meeting. My mentees have won multiple awards for their work, including 4 "Oustanding Poster" Awards in the past 2 years alone at the annual, international, meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and 4 capstone awards, won by my mentees in engineering over the past 4 consecutive years. In 2008 I was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.

Additional Information

Link to NLM Publications for Dr. Page:
Post Doctoral Fellowship:  The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

Education and Selected Academic Honors:
  • The University of Tennessee (Ph.D.) (Outstanding Graduate Student);
  • The University of Findlay (M.O.T.) (Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student in the State of Ohio);
  • Ball State University (M.S.) (Outstanding Graduate Student);
  • The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (Internship);
  • The College of Wooster (B.A.) (Top Ten - Outstanding Senior Male) 

Selected Awards and Honors (> 40 awards and honors):

2016 - Fellow, The American Occupational Therapy Association

2014 - Fellow, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

2013 - Elected to American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research

2013 - Hite Lecturer, The Ohio State University

2012 - Invited Speaker and Consultant, Signature Center for Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience, Indiana University School of Medicine

2011 - Distinguished Lectureship, The University of Toledo Department of Occupational Therapy

2011 - Distinguished Member, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

2009 - 1st ever Peter J. Sharp Visiting Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation, Cornell Weill Medical Center

2008 - President's Excellence Award, The University of Cincinnati

2008 - Outstanding Mentor, Xavier University

2008 - Model Practice Award in Research, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2007 - Certificate of Appreciation:  "Leader in Stroke Rehabilitation Research," American Occupational Therapy Association

2006 - Finalist, Healthcare Hero Award, Innovator Category, Cincinnati, Ohio

2006 - Deborah Wilkerson Early Career Award (1st ever recipient), American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

2004 - Fellow, American Heart Association ​​​​​​​​​