About the Department of Occupational Therapy
How does a child’s physical environment encourage or discourage active play? How can older adults modify their daily routines as their vision declines? How does obesity affect a person’s ability to adapt to obstacles in the environment? The Boston University Department of Occupational Therapy explores questions like these, focusing on biological and psychological processes that influence people’s daily activities. And with a focus on evidence-based, client-centered professional education, you’ll be involved in leadership, scholarship, and cutting-edge research that are shaping the profession.
We offer undergraduate, graduate professional, and graduate research programs in OT. We also have distance education programs online for practicing professionals and an interdisciplinary doctoral program in rehabilitation sciences.
And we’re proud that Boston University ranks among the world’s most esteemed educators of the next generation of leaders in occupational therapy. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate school rankings named Boston University’s graduate Occupational Therapy program #1 (tied) out of 198 accredited programs in the United States.
Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
The Department of Occupational Therapy is committed to building and sustaining a vibrant community of scholars, students, and staff. We value diversity in our community, including diversity in individuals’ race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, heritage, language, immigration status and aspects of ability. Read our full statement and action plan with our commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
Q&A with Sargent Occupational Therapy Professor Pedro Almeida
Professor Almeida shares what inspired him to become an occupational therapist, advice for future students, and more.
Occupational Therapy Chair
Emily Rothman, ScDView profile
Karen Jacobs, OT, EdD, OTR, CPE, FAOTA
Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD
Robin Newman, OTD, OTR, CLT, FAOTA
Centers and Labs
Center for Psychiatric RehabilitationDori Stauss Hutchinson, ScD
Approach Motivation & Participation (AMP) LabDaniel Fulford, PhD
Development, Experience, and Motor Recovery LabClaudio Ferre, PhD
Families & Autism Research LabGael Orsmond, PhD
Motor Development LabSimone V. Gill, PhD, OT, OTR, FAOTA
Violence Prevention Research LabEmily Rothman, ScD