Department: Occupational Therapy

Combined Doctor of Occupational Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (OTD/PhD)

The Occupational Therapy department offers a 6-year combined Doctor of Occupational Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (OTD/PhD) Program for students with exceptional academic promise and strong motivation for a career in research. This program builds on the professional education in the Entry-Level OTD program, providing students PhD training to pursue a research and academic career. Developed […]

Jessica DeMarinis Asiello, OTD, OT, OTR

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Asiello currently practices in acute care at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA Her professional interests include neurological rehabilitation, OT in acute care and in the ICU, the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, health policy and administration, and evidence-based practice. She has published in OT Practice and the […]

Neeha Patel, OTD, OTR/L

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Neeha Patel, OTD, OTR/L, works in pediatric private practice in New York City. Patel has worked with children – from birth through adolescence – and their families in a wide variety of settings, including sensory gyms, home and center based early intervention, public and private schools, early childhood mental health, […]

Nicole Villegas, OTD, OTR/L

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Nicole Villegas’ clinical practice promotes social justice and mental wellness through occupational therapy in primary care settings. As part of interprofessional teams, she provides in-home services to adults living with HIV with Our House’s Neighborhood Housing and Care program and clinic-based services in Pacific University’s Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic […]

John C. Kramer, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests John Kramer received his PhD in Disability Studies in 2009, with his work interests addressing the mutual support roles of siblings in aging families and issues of future planning for people with Intellectual Disabilities and Disability Studies critiques of family disability research. He is experienced in qualitative research design, implementation, […]

Karen Duddy, OTD, OT, OTR

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Cclinical practice with adolescents and adults in mental health settings and with adults and geriatric populations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, adult day health care and outpatient hand therapy; currently the supervisor of the OT department at the VA Long Beach, where she has been employed since 2002. Karen became […]

Linda Niemeyer, PhD, OT

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Over a span of more than 25 years,┬áDr. Niemeyer practiced in the areas of pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, work injury prevention and management, and wheelchair mobility. She has been active in the American Occupational Therapy Association and part of a grass roots movement to improve the evaluation and treatment of […]