Cognitive rehabilitation therapy, post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury, acquired neurological disorders, adolescent/young adult postsecondary transition services
Ms. Bellino is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who evaluates and treats conditions that impact cognition, speech, language, and swallowing skills. She works with adolescents and adults who have sustained concussions and brain injuries, who are undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer, or who are experiencing other neurodegenerative concerns. Prior to joining Emerson’s team, Ms. Bellino worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with post-acute brain injury and stroke populations, as well as at Emerson College, where she provided clinical instruction to graduate student clinicians and guest lectured on topics of clinical interest. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s in speech language pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ms. Bellino began her career at the Centre for Neuro Skills in California, working in an outpatient rehabilitation setting with adults who sustained traumatic brain injuries. She returned to Massachusetts to work at the Ivy Street School, treating adolescents and young adults with acquired and traumatic brain injuries. There, she was a founding member of a transition services classroom targeting executive functioning and social-cognitive skills in naturally occurring contexts. Ms. Bellino has presented at local, state and national levels on the topic of innovative programming for the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.