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Jamesdean Visley

Capstone Coordinator, Assistant Professor


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Dr. Jamesdean Visley joined the Huntington University faculty in January of 2020. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and was among the first graduating class of Huntington’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Dr. Visley is passionate about both assistive technology and the pediatric setting, and has specific interests relating to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Integration, and disability ministries. He helped create the OTD program’s student-led Bible study, which is still active today. In 2016, he was honored with the Servant Leadership of the Year Award, as voted on by faculty and fellow students. Prior to becoming an OT, Dr. Visley worked with children with special needs for several years at a private school near his hometown in Pittsburgh, PA. Before coming to Huntington University, he worked with EBS healthcare for several years and was contracted out of New York City. Here, he gained experience in a multitude of settings, treating a caseload of over 75 children each year throughout an elementary school, outpatient pediatric clinic, and various homes throughout NYC. He also served as the primary evaluating therapist at a pediatric clinic in Brookly, NY. Dr. Visley has contributed to research and scholarly articles relating to the carryover of OT interventions outside of the clinic setting, establishing new special needs ministries, and understanding the effects of Sensory Integration on the participation of children with ASD. He recently became certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and is actively exploring research relating to virtual reality and its implications for OT, as well as other immerging assistive technologies. He and his wife Sarah have a 3-month old baby, Ayden, and a miniature dachshund named Ollie. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with his family. Together, JD and Sarah are actively involved in church where they serve as children’s leaders and youth leaders and they are both passionate about local and international missions.

Dr. Jamesdean Visley joined the Huntington University faculty in January of 2020 and was among the first graduating class of Huntington’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. He helped create the OTD program’s student-led Bible study, which is still active today. In 2016, he was honored with the Servant Leadership of the Year Award, as voted on by faculty and fellow students. As one of the two capstone coordinators for the OTD program, Jamesdean helps facilitate student success through development and implementation of a doctoral capstone project. Jamesdean maintains clinical experience through work at a local pediatric outpatient clinic. He has contributed to research and scholarly articles relating to the carryover of OT interventions outside of the clinic setting, establishing new special needs ministries, understanding the effects of Sensory Integration on the participation of children with ASD, and is currently working with a colleague on developing research relating to universal design and community inclusion. Jamesdean is passionate about missions and is currently working on planning a future J-term mission trip for OTD students. He is actively involved in a local church, teaching elementary aged children and service as a middle school youth leader.