Monica Ann Pessina, Ph.D.

pessinaAssistant Professor

Phone: 617-414-2339
Fax: 617-638-4216
Location: L – 1006, BUSM

CV:Monica Ann Pessina, Ph.D.– CV

Dr. Pessina received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, followed by a Master’s in Education from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to assuming a full time academic appointment at BUSM, she gained extensive experience at Massachusetts General Hospital in the field of upper extremity rehabilitation following orthopedic, neurological and burn injuries. In addition, she is the former Director of Rehabilitation at Shriners Burns Institute and she continues to work as an educator in the field of burn rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. Dr. Pessina currently teaches Gross Anatomy and Microscopic Anatomy at BU School of Medicine and BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she serves in various roles including Course Director, Section Leader, Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor. As an extension of her clinical interests, Dr. Pessina is currently pursuing research related to the return of motor function after cortical injury in a primate model.

Recent Publications

Differential regulation of the expression of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen receptors by sex steroid hormones in the vagina: immunohistochemical studies. Pessina MA, Hoyt RF Jr, Goldstein I, Traish AM. Journal of Sexual Medicine J Sex Med. 2006 Sep;3(5):804-14.

Differential effects of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone on vaginal structural integrity. Pessina MA, Hoyt RF Jr, Goldstein I, Traish AM. Endocrinology. 2006 Jan;147(1):61-9.

Effects of ovariectomy and steroid hormones on vaginal smooth muscle contractility Kim NN, Min K, Pessina MA, Munarriz R, Goldstein I, Traish AM Int J Impot Res. 2004 Jan;16(1):43-50

Acute hand burns in children: management and long-term outcome based on a 10-year experience with 698 injured hands. Sheridan RL, Baryza MJ, Pessina MA, O’Neill KM, Cipullo HM, Donelan MB, Ryan CM, Schulz JT, Schnitzer JJ, Tompkins RG. Ann Surg. 1999 Apr;229(4):558-64.

Pessina MA, Orroth ACIn : Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 6th EditionCatherine Anne A. Trombly (Editor), Mary Vining Radomski (Editor) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; New York 2006

Burn management: Rehabilitation. Pessina MA, Ellis SM.Nurs Clin North Am. 1997 Jun;32(2):365-74. Review. PMID: 9115482