Dr. Suzanne Perea Burns received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University. Dr. Burns also completed an interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship focused on disparities in stroke recovery outcomes at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Personal Statement

Dr. Burns’ research has primarily focused on the development, testing, and implementation of mobile health (mHealth) assessments and interventions to improve community living outcomes for people with disabilities. A second major research focus is on addressing health and participation disparities among racial/ethnic minorities living with the effects of stroke through the development and evaluation of culturally-tailored and technology-enhanced interventions. As a rehabilitation research scientist, she contributes expertise at the intersection of post-stroke disability (specifically executive function impairments) and community living. Dr. Burns’ contributions have been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations, service on national boards, mentoring, and successful acquisition of competitive extramural and foundation grants as either PI or Co-I.

Areas of Specialty

Stroke rehabilitation
Community living outcomes
Health and participation disparities
Mobile health (mHealth)

Achievements & Awards

2019: Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation - American Stroke Association (ASA) and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

2018: Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Early Career Poster Award (ACRM)

2017: UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program Distinguished Alumni Award

2016: Measurement Networking Group Early Career Poster Award (ACRM)

2016: Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Woman's University

2012: Employee of the Month, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

2011: Sheila Mun-Bryce Research Award (UNM)




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Courses Taught

OCTH 574L Community Health
OCTH 604L Appl Occ II - Neurological Practice
OCTH 594 Seminar C

Research and Scholarship