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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Faculty and Adjunct Faculty


Huntington, Indiana Full-Time FacultyPeoria, Arizona Full-Time Faculty
Ruth Ford, EdD, MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTAEvelyn Andersson, PhD, OTR/L
     Associate Dean of Health Sciences, OTD Program Director (Indiana)     OTD Program Director (Arizona)
Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CASChelsey Edwards, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
     Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator     Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Laura Gerig, PhDAdditional Faculty, TBA
     Associate Professor 
Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIMPart-Time Faculty
     Assistant ProfessorTBA
Michelle Mays, OTD, CHT, PAMS, CEES 
     Assistant ProfessorAdjunct Faculty
Andrew Rivera, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPPTBA
     Assistant Professor, Capstone Coordinator (Fall Cohort) 
Nathan Short, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 
     OTD Assistant Director, Associate Professor 
Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES 
     Associate Professor 
Jamesdean Visely, OTD, OTR/L 
     Assistant Professor, Capstone Coordinator (Spring Cohort) 
Part-Time Faculty 
Reagan Bergstresser-Simpson, OTD 
Joel Vilensky, PhD 
Adjunct Faculty 
Roger Hoversland, PhD 
Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR 
Courtney Sasse, PhD, MA EDL, MS, ORT/L, MA DPS 
LeAnn Schackow, OTD, OTR, CBI 
Julie Snyder, OTD, MOT, OTR, CSRS 

Program Description

The entry level doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy (OTD), offered at Huntington University’s Parkview Hospital Randallia campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at the Huntington University - Arizona site in Peoria, Arizona, provides students with the highest level of preparation for the field of occupational therapy. A doctorate in occupational therapy takes students beyond the generalist preparation of a master’s degree, providing additional exposure to specialty areas, research and experiential components for areas of specialization. The Huntington, Indiana, OTD program is one the first fully accredited, entry-level doctoral programs in the country. The Peoria, Arizona, OTD program builds upon this program and is currently in the applicant stage for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Huntington University OTD programs will qualify students to sit for the national certification examination in occupational therapy (NBCOT). Program candidates may apply for admission after completing a bachelor’s degree. Our goal is to provide a Christian learning environment where servant leadership is part of serving the health and wellness needs of others. 

Coursework is completed over a three-year time span with in-depth learning in designated classrooms and laboratory space. The campus is embedded in a hospital and community health and wellness setting, giving close proximity for fieldwork and the experiential component (capstone). Students gain mastery skills in professional writing, assessment and intervention strategies, research, program development, management and leadership, professional behaviors and technology through guided learning experiences over the eight-term curriculum.

The central themes of Huntington University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy programs are as follows:

  • Personal and Professional Life Journey (modeling faith, health, leadership, scholarship and professional service)
  • Global outreach (advocacy, health and wellness; missions; community and global service to underserved populations)

The mission of the occupational therapy programs at Huntington University is to equip doctoral students of occupational therapy to impact persons, groups, and populations utilizing occupation and evidence-based practice for quality of life, health, and well-being across the lifespan from a Christ-centered foundation.