Faculty and Staff
The Occupational Therapy Department faculty are excellent teachers, experienced clinicians, and nationally recognized leaders and scholars in the profession.
All of the faculty members are occupational therapists with advanced degrees, diverse
backgrounds, specializations, interests and expertise including : physical and mental
health rehabilitation, pediatrics, community mental health, gerontology, independent
living skills, measurement and research, international occupational therapy, multicultural
issues, the history of occupational therapy, kinesiology, infant and family mental
health, psychogeriatrics, family-centered intervention, neurological rehabilitation,
the social inclusion of children, job analysis, the uses of therapeutic humor, and
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Dr. Gigi Smith, who was chosen as the 2018 Honored Lecturer by the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy (CFOT)! Recipients of the 2018 CFOT scholarships, research grants, and awards were
announced at the annual CFOT Awards Luncheon and Symposium on Friday, October 26,
at the annual OTAC Conference which was held in Pasadena, CA. Following presentation
of the awards, attendees were inspired to build upon their capacity by Dr. Smith.
Read more about it by clicking on this link [pdf]. - (page extracted from 2018 OTAC Registration brochure)
Congratulations to two of our faculty who are recipients of the 2018 College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) Service Awards!
The CHHS Service Awards is an annual celebration to recognize faculty and staff for their exceptional service to the College and University.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Dr. Gigi Smith (SJSU OT alumna with a BS in 1979, MS in 2001) who was inducted to the Roster of Fellows and awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association at the AOTA Annual Conference in 2017 and now eligible to use the initials FAOTA! This award is made in recognition of her: Excellence in Practice, Exemplary Service, and Mentoring. Read more about it by clicking on this link[pdf].
All of the faculty are authors and editors, and have contributed chapters to preeminent textbooks adopted in occupational therapy programs nationally and internationally; and have written numerous articles for professional journals in occupational therapy and health related fields. Several faculty members have been recognized for their contribution to the profession of occupational therapy as Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association. To learn more about a specific member of the faculty, click on their name to be taken to their bio.
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