Anne M. Bryden, PhD, OTR/L

Anne M. Bryden, PhD, OTR/L



Anne Bryden PhD, OTR/L is the Director of Clinical Trials and Research for the Institute for Functional Restoration (IFR) of Case Western Reserve University, a non-profit organization with the mission of restoring function to people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other paralytic disorders. Additionally, she is part-time lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Cleveland State University and Staff Scientist in the MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation Research. Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University, and PhD in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University. Anne has over 25 years of experience specializing in upper limb management of people with tetraplegia. Her research interests include upper extremity assessment, surgical interventions, outcomes measurement, and the social determinants of health and wellness in people with chronic, physical disability. Her current work focuses on the utility of human rights discourse to frame the barriers and limitations experienced by people with disabilities and their support persons in attaining services and technology to improve quality of life.