Monica Ann Pessina, Ph.D.

pessinaAssistant Professor

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

Dr. Pessina received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, followed by a Master’s in Education form Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. She has extensive teaching experience in Anatomy at Boston University School of Medicine and at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her thesis research focused on the effects of hormone replacement therapy on the structure and function of the female reproductive system. Currently, she is pursuing research related to the return of motor function after cortical injury in a primate model. Dr. Pessina continues clinical work in the area of upper extremity rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital and her clinical research addresses functional outcomes after hand injuries.

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