Mackenzi Pergolotti, PhD, OTR/L

Director of Research

Mackenzi Pergolotti, PhD, OTR/L - Director of Research

Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti is the director of research for ReVital, Select Medical's national cancer rehabilitation program, and an adjunct professor at Colorado State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of multiple populations. Realizing the impact of cancer rehabilitation provided at centers like MSKCC, she was driven to build the evidence-base and increase access to cancer rehabilitation programs nation-wide.

Dr. Pergolotti was trained the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked collaboratively with researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Cancer Research Outcomes Group and the Geriatric Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center through pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to look at utilization, access to and the quality of cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Pergolotti’s Pre-Doctoral fellowship was supported by a T32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and her Post-Doctoral fellowships were funded through an R25 Cancer Care Quality Training Program from the National Cancer Institute.

After being on faculty for two years at Colorado State University, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Pergolotti decided to join the ReVital team and work full time towards her dream of realizing quality, multidisciplinary cancer care for survivors.

Dr. Pergolotti’s recently published research includes:

  • Pergolotti M, Battisti N.M.L., Padgett L., Sleight A., Abdallah M., Newman R., Van Dyk N.K., Covington K.R., Williams G.R., van den Bos F., Pollock Y. Y., Salerno E.A., Magnuson A., Gattás-Vernaglia I.F., Ahles T.A. (In Press) Embracing the complexity: Older adults with cancer-related cognitive decline- - A Young International Society of Geriatric Oncology Position Paper. Journal of Geriatric Oncology.
  • Pergolotti M, Alfano CM, Cernich AN, Yabroff KR, Manning PR, Moor JS, Hahn EE, Cheville AL, and Mohile SG (2019), A health services research agenda to fully integrate cancer rehabilitation into oncology care. Cancer. doi:10.1002/cncr.32382
  • Pergolotti M, Deal AM, Bryant AL, Bennett AV, Farley E, Covington K, Lucas K, and Williams GR (2019), Senior Sway: using a mobile application to measure fall risk. J. Geriatr. Phys. Ther. 2019; 42(3). doi:10.1519/JPT.0000000000000223
  • Pergolotti M, Deal AM, Williams GR, Bryant AL, McCarthy L, Nyrop KA, Covington KR, Reeve BB, Basch E, and Muss HB (2019), Older Adults with Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Occupational and Physical Therapy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019; 67: 953-960. doi:10.1111/jgs.15930
  • Pergolotti M, Lyons KD, Williams GR (2018), Moving beyond symptom management towards cancer rehabilitation for older adults: Answering the 5W's. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2018; 9(6). doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2017.11.009
Dr. Pergolotti enjoys outdoor living in Colorado with her family.