Daniel Fulford, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University
Dept of Occupational Therapy

PhD, University of Miami

Pronouns: he/him/his

Dr. Fulford is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Psychological & Brain Sciences at Boston University. His expertise in severe mental illness helps to bridge clinical research and practice conducted at Sargent College of Heath & Rehabilitation Sciences, the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Dr. Fulford is actively funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies and has a strong track record of published work in the areas of psychopathology, psychiatry, and mobile health. He was recently recognized as a "Face of the Future" by the Society for Research in Psychopathology.

Dr. Fulford’s research centers on uncovering biopsychosocial mechanisms involved in human motivation, including the assessment of pleasure, drive, and effort/cost computation. A primary focus of his work has been on the identification and treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders that involve dysregulated motivation (e.g., severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Parkinson's disease), with strong interest in the use of digital technologies to augment evidence-based assessment and intervention.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Neurobehavioral mechanisms of social isolation and loneliness in serious mental illness
09/01/2021 - 06/30/2026 (Subcontract PI)
The General Hospital Corporation d/b/a Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIMH

SCH: INT: Collaborative Research: Passive sensing of social isolation and loneliness: A digital phenotyping approach
09/23/2019 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Modeling Dimensions of Individual Variation in Adaptive Foraging Decisions
08/01/2021 - 07/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Daniel Fulford, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Understanding Social Situations (USS): Training to improve social function in people with psychosis
11/01/2021 - 10/31/2022 (PI)
VA Connecticut Healthcare system

Understanding Social Situations (USS): Training to improve social function in people with psychosis
10/01/2020 - 09/30/2021 (PI)
VA Connecticut Healthcare system

Enhancing Social Functioning in Schizophrenia through Scalable Mobile Technology
02/17/2017 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Evaluation of an Online, Evidence-based Intervention for Transdiagnostic Paranoia in a Community Setting: Cross-Disiplinary Training and Implementation
06/01/2019 - 05/31/2020 (PI)
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology

IPA for collaborative work on Yale University/VA grant proposal.
03/15/2019 - 05/17/2019 (PI)
VA Connecticut Healthcare system


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  1. Fulford D, Schupbach E, Gard DE, Mueser KT, Mow J, Leung L. Do cognitive impairments limit treatment gains in a standalone digital intervention for psychosis? A test of the digital divide. Schizophr Res Cogn. 2022 Jun; 28:100244. PMID: 35242612; PMCID: PMC8881658; DOI: 10.1016/j.scog.2022.100244;
  2. Gandhi A, Mote J, Fulford D. A transdiagnostic meta-analysis of physical and social Anhedonia in major depressive disorder and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Psychiatry Res. 2022 03; 309:114379. PMID: 35123252
  3. Munsell EGS, Orsmond GI, Fulford D, Coster WJ. Self-management of daily life tasks in diploma-track youth with disabilities. Disabil Rehabil. 2021 Dec 08; 1-11. PMID: 34877919
  4. Abplanalp SJ, Mueser KT, Fulford D. The centrality of motivation in psychosocial functioning: Network and bifactor analysis of the Quality of Life Scale in first-episode psychosis. Psychol Assess. 2022 Mar; 34(3):205-216. PMID: 34843281
  5. Munsell EGS, Orsmond GI, Fulford D, Coster WJ. Metacognition Mediates the Effect of Social Communication and Internalizing Behaviors on Self-management of Daily Life Tasks for Diploma-Track Autistic Youth. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Oct 05. PMID: 34611837
  6. Zajac JA, Cavanaugh JT, Baker T, Colón-Semenza C, DeAngelis TR, Duncan RP, Fulford D, LaValley M, Nordahl T, Rawson KS, Saint-Hilaire M, Thomas CA, Earhart GM, Ellis TD. Are Mobile Persons With Parkinson Disease Necessarily More Active? J Neurol Phys Ther. 2021 10 01; 45(4):259-265.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34091569; PMCID: PMC8460597; DOI: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000362;
  7. Mote J, Gill K, Fulford D. "Skip the Small Talk" Virtual Event Intended to Promote Social Connection During a Global Pandemic: Online Survey Study. JMIR Form Res. 2021 Sep 23; 5(9):e28002. PMID: 34468326; PMCID: PMC8462490; DOI: 10.2196/28002;
  8. Abplanalp SJ, Mote J, Uhlman AC, Weizenbaum E, Alvi T, Tabak BA, Fulford D. Parsing social motivation: development and validation of a self-report measure of social effort. J Ment Health. 2021 Jul 24; 1-8. PMID: 34304675
  9. Fulford D, Gard DE, Mueser KT, Mote J, Gill K, Leung L, Mow J. Preliminary Outcomes of an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Social Functioning in Schizophrenia: Pre-Post Study of the Motivation and Skills Support App. JMIR Ment Health. 2021 Jun 15; 8(6):e27475. PMID: 34128812; PMCID: PMC8277369; DOI: 10.2196/27475;
  10. Weizenbaum EL, Fulford D, Torous J, Pinsky E, Kolachalama VB, Cronin-Golomb A. Smartphone-Based Neuropsychological Assessment in Parkinson's Disease: Feasibility, Validity, and Contextually Driven Variability in Cognition. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2022 Apr; 28(4):401-413.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33998438
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