Dr. Jamesdean Visley (JD) 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 Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. As one of the two capstone coordinators for the OTD program, Dr. Visley helps facilitate student success through development and implementation of a capstone project. He is passionate about the pediatric setting and has specific interests relating to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Integration, and disability ministry.
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, Pennsylvania. Before coming to Huntington University, he worked with EBS healthcare for several years and was based 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 the Brooklyn based pediatric clinic.
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 has recently relocated to Fort Wayne with his wife, Sarah, and their miniature dachshund, Ollie. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. 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.