BY MARY McLEAN ORSZULAK G’ 10
New Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
Prepares Leaders to Impact an Evolving Field
We’ve all heard references to the field of occupational
therapy, but we may not be familiar with what occupational
therapists actually do. Occupational therapists and
occupational therapy assistants are healthcare
professionals who help people across their lifespan to
participate in the things they want and need to do through
the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
Common occupational therapy interventions include
helping children with disabilities to participate fully in
school and social situations, aiding people recovering from
injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults
experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
The University will be enrolling its
first cohort of students this fall.
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy
(OTD) program at Western New England
University offers an opportunity for practitioners to take on new roles as transformative leaders in this personally and
professionally rewarding field.
AN ADVANCED DEGREE FOR
With the aging of the population and
advancements in the field it is an exciting
time to be a part of Occupational Therapy.
Consider the breakthroughs in informa -
tion technologies, including telehealth
applications, as well as the use of
assistive technologies for improving life
performance. In addition, research on
population health and interprofessional
practice are giving therapists new tools
to help their clients actively function in
their homes and workplaces, enjoy
leisure activities, and live fuller lives.
THE VALUE OF AN ENTRY-LEVEL
The OTD program at Western New
England University is responding to the
national and international call for changing
the way healthcare is delivered, and
the way healthcare professionals are
educated. Rapidly changing healthcare
systems are demanding more of entry-level practitioners.
“Occupational Therapists have
an impact on the lives of individual
patients/clients, as well as populations
such as veterans,” says Dr. Cathy Dow-Royer, professor and founding director
of the program. “As leaders in current
healthcare settings and emerging
Ed.D., OTR/L, Professor and Founding
Director of the OTD Program