I hope that this blog gives occupational therapists a resource when using evidence with their clients!
Occupational therapy and me
I have been an occupational therapist for over 18 years. My experience spans from acute care, outpatient, home health, school system, and mental health settings to academia. In addition, I have experience as a therapy program manager and have had experience developing a new therapy department. Finally, I have supervised both Level I and Level II fieldwork students.
Teaching and me
I am currently an assistant professor at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Other than teaching OT students, I have provided evidence-based continuing education courses on dementia and acute care across the US. Locally, I have conducted courses about OT strategies in the classroom, disability issues, and evidence-based practice. Overall, I have taught for over 10 years in MOT and health sciences programs. My teaching includes: OT theory and foundations, musculoskeletal evaluation and intervention, research, and psychosocial evaluation and intervention.
Research and me
My research focuses primarily on occupational justice and promotion of mental health. I am also interested in alternative fieldwork placements for OT students. For the last three years, I have taken students to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico to provide community-based occupational therapy services as part of their level I requirements.
In my free time I like to hike, bike, and travel. I am also learning Spanish! Enjoy!