Behavior & Health

Behavior & Health


Occupational Therapy

Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation Sciences


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.

Ranked #1 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report!

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.


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Occupational Therapy Chair

Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

Emily Rothman, ScD

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In the Department of Occupational Therapy, you’ll learn from and work closely with faculty who are remarkable in every sense. They’re interdisciplinary and internationally known. They write textbooks, conduct research, present findings at global conferences, serve on committees and task forces, and generally lead the profession. Our faculty love sharing their experience, knowledge, perspective, and projects with students. You’ll find them accessible, supportive, and passionate about teaching. Our Faculty

Program Directors

Karen Jacobs
Program Director, Online Post-professional OTD | Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Digital Learning & Innovation

Karen Jacobs, OT, EdD, OTR, CPE, FAOTA

Program Director, Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD

Program Director, Behavior & Health and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Robin Newman, OTD, OTR, CLT, FAOTA

Program Director, Entry-Level OTD and Clinical Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Tatiana Pontes, OT, PhD, OTR

Centers and Labs