Maria T. Schultheis, PhD

Lab Director

Research Associate Professor
Office: PSA Building Room 218
Phone: 215-895-6105

Research Interests:

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Application of technology to psychology
  • Virtual reality technology
  • Driving capacity after neurological compromise
  • Rehabilitation of functional everyday activities


B.S. (1991) Rutgers University, Biological Sciences
M.A. (1993) Temple University, Biological Science, Specialization:Neuroscience
Ph.D. (1998)Drexel University, Clinical Psychology, SpecializationNeuropsychology


Dr. Schultheis is an Associate Research Professor with appointments in the Department of Psychology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.

Dr. Schultheis is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 1998. Dr. Schulthies’ clinical and research experience have been focused on the rehabilitation of cognitively impaired populations, including traumatic brain injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis. Specifically, she has specialized in 1) the application of technologies to the clinical, research and education of psychology and 2). studying the demands (physical, cognitive and behavioral) of driving following neurological compromise.  Recently, she has focused on the development of new driving assessment protocols for individuals with disabilities. This includes research focusing on the application of Virtual Reality (VR) technology.  Dr. Schultheis is also investigating the development of VR as a tool for ecologically valid assessment and retraining of everyday activities in rehabilitation. Dr. Schultheis’ overall interest is in research related to the investigation and development of methodologies that have functional significance and can improve the quality of everyday life for persons with disabilities

Dr. Schultheis’ work has been funded by such organizations as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).  Her work was recognized in awards from the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Philadelphia Neuropsychological Society. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Early Career Award for Division 40 (Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Schultheis’ approach is interdisciplinary and her work cuts across the fields of Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation, Engineering and Transportation.  She has published over manuscripts, chapters and other publications and has presented her work at various international and national forums. She is active in several professional organizations related to these areas and currently serves on the National Research Council, as a member of the Transportation Research Board.