Michelle J. Johnson, PhD


  •  Associate Professor (PSOM) and Secondary Faculty Appointment - SEAS Bioengineering
  •  Botswana
  •   Neurorehabilitation

Languages: English (Native), Italian (Fair)


Dr. Michelle J. Johnson, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. She has secondary appointments as an Associate professor in Bioengineering and in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She directs the Rehabilitation Robotic Lab and has spent over twenty years applying technology solutions to aid in the understanding of disability and impairment after brain injury. She was Fulbright Scholar to Botswana and a IEEE distinguished lecturer.


1. I have developed a monthly webinar with the help of Elsevier to highlight global health issues in rehabilitation medicine and robotics. The GPMRR seminar occurs every third Wednesday and hosts clinicians and technical developers.

2. I have been working in the area of motor and cognitive impairment in HIV and Stroke with implications for Botswana. We are currently collecting data and trying to characterize impairment in persons living with HIV alone, Stroke alone and HIV and Stroke.


1. Published a Global Health Book with Elsevier:
Johnson MJ, Mendonca RJ, editors. Rehabilitation Robots for Neurorehabilitation in High-, Low-, and Middle-Income Countries: Current Practice, Barriers, and Future Directions. Elsevier; 2023 Oct 27.

2. Johnson MJ, Keyvanian S, Mendonca RJ. Toward inclusive rehabilitation robots. InRehabilitation Robots for Neurorehabilitation in High-, Low-, and Middle-Income Countries 2024 Jan 1 (pp. 471-498). Academic Press.

3. Bustamante-Valles K, Montes S., Madrigal M, Burciaga A, Martinez ME, Johnson MJ: Technology-assisted stroke rehabilitation in Mexico: a pilot randomized trial comparing traditional therapy to circuit training in a Robot/technology-assisted therapy gym Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation Biomed Central, 13(1): 83, 2016 Notes: DOI: 10.1186/s12984-016-0190-1 PMCID: PMC5025604

4. Bui K, Johnson MJ: Designing robot-assisted neurorehabilition strategies for people with both HIV and stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Biomed Central, 15(1): 75, Aug 2018 Notes:  PMCID: PMC6092818








Last Updated: 08 April 2024