Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research Program

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Overview | Research Projects | Training Programs | Team | Contact


Our research program focuses on projects that seek to understand and optimize daily function, quality of life and health equity for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and related conditions, as well as their families, caregivers and support networks. Our projects include research on cognitive function (e.g., thinking, memory), emotional function (e.g., mood and stress), health behaviors (e.g., self-management of sleep, fatigue, physical activity) and social determinants of health (e.g., healthcare access, socioeconomic status, employment) that affect quality of life in MS. Our work may also include individuals with other inflammatory conditions that affect the central nervous system, including: clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), transverse myelitis (TM) and stiff person syndrome (SPS).

Our team is particularly committed to research that:

  • Enhances accessibility of assessments and interventions for individuals with MS and related conditions
  • Seeks to understand the interaction of an individuals' experience with MS in the context of their social systems (e.g., home, work, relationships)
  • Engages historically underserved and underrepresented people in the MS community and other disability communities

We closely collaborate with partners in the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity.

Research Projects

Training Programs

The MSRP is also committed to training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in rehabilitation and MS-related research. Our current training programs:


  • Meghan Beier PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Jackie Bhattarai PhD

    • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Abbey Hughes PhD

    • Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
    • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Our program also has two doctoral level externs.


Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research Program
Church Professional Building
98 N. Broadway, 4th floor, Suite 413
Baltimore, MD 21231