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 health promotion.
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 (during the Spring break!) 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].
Congratulations to Lecturer Alison George, graduate of SJSU with a masters of science
degree from the OT Dept., who received the Provost Award for recognition of supporting
the OT Department in working on the Departmental Writing Standards. Read more about
it by clicking on this link [pdf].
Here is a short video of Dr. Llorens accepting a quilted blanket from the OT department
at the recently held OTAC Conference.
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.
Graduate Coordinator - MS in OT
Undergraduate Coordinator - Pre-OT
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