Occupational therapists have the privilege of working with individuals with impairments or disabilities to develop or regain the “occupations” that are meaningful in their lives. They may help people improve performance of daily living tasks, learn in school, engage in social relationships and community activities, or resume job duties impacted by illness or injury.
Students in Nazareth's occupational therapy degree program learn how to develop or improve a person’s sensory, physical, cognitive/perceptual, and/or psychosocial abilities. They will also learn to modify the environment to help the person to be as self-sufficient and productive as possible. The program prepares students for entry-level general practice as well as develops initial skills in areas of specialization such as early intervention, school-based practice, neurological rehabilitation, environmental analysis and modification, ergonomics, and treatment of upper extremity and orthopedic impairments.
Education: B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., State College at Buffalo; Ed.D., State University of New York at Buffalo.
Teaching and Research Interests: Pediatric occupational therapy; neurodevelopmental and sensory integration therapies as they apply to children with disabilities. Recent research and publications have focused on infants in neonatal intensive care and on the effects of positioning on development.
“The OT group for toddlers given by the occupational therapy program at Nazareth College is very well run. My 2-year-old daughter really enjoys all parts of group — craft time, sensory activities, and the obstacle courses.” — Brandy Hauser, OT clinic client
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011-12) indicates that in occupational therapy, employment is expected to grow much faster than average and that job opportunities are good. US News & World Report named occupational therapy one of its “Best Careers 2011.”