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Heather Pepper Lane, M.A., OTR/L

Heather Pepper Lane, M.A., OTR/L

Former Team Leader, Upper Limb Motor Recovery Programs
Restorative Neurology Clinic
Burke Neurological Institute


Heather Pepper Lane is an Occupational Therapist with over a decade of experience at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in stroke, other neurological conditions and orthopedics. Heather also has extensive experience working with cardiac, pulmonary, burn, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury populations. Heather has worked in various settings including acute care, in-patient acute rehabilitation, out-patient rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, and long-term care.

Heather is certified in the Upper Extremity Fugl-Meyer Motor & Sensory Assessment, the Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment, the Modified Ashworth Scale, the Action Reach Arm Test, the WOLF Motor Function Test and the NIH Stroke Scale.

While at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Heather has been involved in research studies with NYU Occupational Therapy students, Columbia University Occupational Therapy students and with the CPM study .

As the advanced clinician at the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute, Heather is trained and trains other medical professionals in recruitment, evaluation, and treatment of neurological patients.

Heather is also the student coordinator for the Edwards’ Motor Control and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory.

Research Interest

Heather’s research interest is exploring the use of cutting edge technology to aid in the recovery of motor function post neurological injury, particularly in the stroke population.


M.A. Occupational Therapy
New York University
B.A. Psychology, Minor
Biology Binghamton University (State University of New York)

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Wuennemann MJ, Mackenzie SW, Lane HP, Peltz AR, Ma X, Gerber LM, Edwards DJ, Kitago T.
NeuroRehabilitation. 2020 Mar 30. doi: 10.3233/NRE-192993. [Epub ahead of print]
Abstract on PubMed
Journal Article
Tozlu C, Edwards D, Boes A, Labar D, Tsagaris KZ, Silverstein J, Pepper Lane H, Sabuncu MR, Liu C, Kuceyeski A.
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2020 May;34(5):428-439. doi: 10.1177/1545968320909796. Epub 2020 Mar 20.
Full-Text on Pubmed
Other (Non-Standard Citation)
Ellis MD, Lane HP.
J Neurol Phys Ther. 2016 Jul;40(3):184-5. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000135.
Abstract on PubMed