Joined the Huntington University faculty in 2014.
Dr. Beth O’Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR joined Huntington University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor. In 2018, Beth was promoted to Associate Professor. Beth’s prior clinical work includes a skilled nursing facility in Tennessee as the assistant rehabilitation director and PRN OT at a community hospital. Beth has maintained her clinical practice with the adult and older adult population working at Lutheran Hospital since 2014 in the acute care setting. The OTD program offers students the opportunity to earn a place in the Phi Theta Epsilon honors society. Beth serves as the faculty advisor and assists students with community development and scholarly research.
Dr. O’Rourke has participated in a collaborative summer research-intensive program sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and the Student Research Fellowship Program (SRFP). This research opportunity provides a unique interprofessional opportunity to conduct research studies in other health care disciplines. Dr. O’Rourke is still passionately pursuing research on a variety of topics including intensive care unit protocols, fall prevention and judgment in the older adult population, pain management in the burn unit, and the impact of interprofessional practice on patient outcomes.
In addition to her community contributions, Beth is working with the Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Education Consortium. Dr. O’Rourke is collaborating with multiple universities to present and share the IPE experience to other education programs.
In alignment with Huntington University’s mission, the OTD program offers local and international mission opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. O’Rourke has designed a unique opportunity for second-year occupational therapt students to complete international mission work with a team of healthcare providers through Living Hope International serving in China.