Dr. Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, came to Huntington University in 2018 as an associate professor. She has extensive academic experience teaching occupational therapy at the doctorate and masters level. In 1993 she started teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Newman University in Wichita, KS. She has held positions at the University of South Dakota and Belmont University. Prior to joining Huntington, she was the Program Director of the Indiana State University Occupational Therapy Program.
Dr. Sowers earned her entry level occupational therapy degree from the University of Kansas (1981) followed by a post-professional master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1996. She earned her doctorate from Creighton University in 2004.
Dr. Sowers has a broad research agenda. She readily becomes interested in topics that address adult rehabilitation, animal assisted practice, mHealth, and community mobility.
Prior to teaching and mentoring students, Dr. Sowers practiced primarily in the area of adult rehabilitation in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, home health, skilled nursing, and community based setting. Most recently, Dr. Sowers has been involved in the area of community mental health providing services to individuals with addictions. She has also been involved with assessing community mobility (driving) and independent living with the older adult population.
In her free time, Jeanne enjoys weaving and needlework, outdoor activities (hiking), genealogy, and cuddling with her two cats, Fric and Frac.