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.
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Faculty Awards and Honors
The Occupational Therapy Department is excited to announce the awards and honor garnered by our faculty members.
2022 University Grants Academy success
Dr. Megan Chang, participated in the University Grants Academy this last year and just received an intervention research grant award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Her topic is the Use of a Telehealth Approach to Build Resilience in Parents of Children with Autism through Mindfulness Practice. According to Dr. Chang, “this is a grant to support the diverse community of parents of children with autism ages 5-12 in the Bay Area. The goal is to examine the effects of online MBSR through self-reported outcomes as well as psychophysiological measures. The psychophysiological measures, namely electrodermal activity and electrocardiogram, will allow us to test changes in autonomic nervous system responses to stress that these parents chronically experience. OT Lecturer Rochelle McLaughlin, our very own MBSR guru, is the soul and interventionist of this pilot study. She will be delivering the UMASS MBSR program to these parents following the fidelity to treatment protocol. ”
2020 OTAC Outstanding Service Award
Department Chair and the Vice President of OTAC, Dr. Gigi Smith, is awarded the OTAC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 OTAC Conference [pdf]. This award recognizes practitioners who have a minimum of 20 years of OT practice
with the last 5 in CA; has had significant contributions to OT advancement in education,
OTAC activities,practice, community involvement, legislation or research; and publications
and/or oral presentations.
2021 CFOT Bonita Kraft Research Grant Award
Assistant Professor Dr. Chiao-Ju Fang was awarded the Bonita Kraft Research Grant Award combined with General Research Grant Award by the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy (CFOT) during the CFOT luncheon at the recently held 2021 OTAC conference. This grant supports the research of practicing OTs, academicians, and post-entry level students engaged in independent advance practice, doctoral level, or post-doctoral level research.
Outstanding Alumni Award
In September, Dr. Megan Chang was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award of the Department of Occupational Therapy and the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award of the College of Medicine at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. The award honors an alumnus of the university who has demonstrated significant achievements and outstanding contributions both professionally and in the community. In addition, Dr. Chang is also collaborating with Dr. Areum Jensen from the Department of Kinesiology on an ongoing multidisciplinary research project to understand the effects of exercise on physiological, physical, psychological and behavioral improvements in children with autism spectrum disorders.
Junior Faculty Mentor
Dr. Melisa Kaye was chosen to be a junior faculty mentor in the Affinity Mentoring
for Academic Success throughout 2021-2022 academic year. This program engages students
by providing mentoring support for graduate students and for those historically underserved
students, especially BIPOC students or members of minority populations (LGBTQIA+ students,
female engineers, etc.).
2021 AOTF and MJFF Intervention Research Grant
Dr. Katrina Long was awarded the 2021 American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) and The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Intervention Research Grant for her study on Pre-Active Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Control Trial Pilot Study to improve Self- Management of PA routines in Adults with Early- Stage Parkinson’s Disease.
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA)
ROSTER OF FELLOWS (Est. 1973) recognizes occupational therapists who through their
knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and/or guidance have made a significant
contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational
therapy services and/or members of the Association.
There are currently over 60,000 AOTA members and fewer than 300 have been honored with this award since 2010!
The following SJSU Occupational Therapy faculty have met the rigorous requirements and has been awarded their FAOTA credential in April 2020:
- Luis de Leon Arabit [pdf] OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, C/NDT, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy will be recognized as an “Occupational Therapy Expert Clinician, Leader, and Advocate”
- Megan C. Chang [pdf] PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy will be recognized for “Supporting the Profession Through Evidence-based Practice”.
Dr. Arabit & Dr. Chang join the current Occupational Therapy faculty who have also been honored with this prestigious award:
- Dr. Deborah Bolding
- Dr. Gigi Smith
- Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn
Previous Occupational Therapy faculty also awarded this honor include:
- Dr. Heidi Pendleton
- Dr. Marti Southam
- Dr. Anne MacRae
- Dr. Kay Schwartz
- Dr. Pamela Richardson
- Dr. Lela Llorens
- Dr. Karen Diasio-Serrett
In Memoriam - Dr. Anne MacRae
A message from our current Chair, Dr. Gigi Smith
It is with deep sadness that I share with you the loss of our beloved colleague, mentor, teacher, and friend, Dr. Anne Macrae, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 23rd. She was in her home, surrounded by her family who held her close with their love.
Dr. Macrae was a member of the SJSU faculty for over 30 years. She was the director of the post-professional master’s program and supervisor of the psychosocial occupational therapy clinic for more than 20 years. Anne was a gifted and well-respected instructor and a mentor to many who went on to work in the area of mental health. In 1997, she received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and as a Fulbright Fellow she taught and provided curriculum consultation at the University of Malta. Anne developed a deep love for Malta and would return there many times over the years to work with the occupational therapists at the University and through the Malta Mental Health Service.
Dr. Macrae has many publications to her credit and co-edited 4 editions of the internationally recognized textbook, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice. She was in the process of completing the 5th edition at the time of her passing.
Dr. Macrae received many recognitions and honors during her long career as an occupational therapist and scholar. Most recently she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California for her service and dedication to the profession.
Anne will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she has touched. Below is
a video of Dr. MacRae's video montage made for her 2015 retirement celebration.
Name: Gigi Smith
Location: CCB 204
Graduate (MSOT) & Undergraduate (Pre-OT) Coordinator
Name: Gigi Smith
Location: CCB 204
Pendleton, Heidi McHugh
Llorens, Lela A. W.
Schwartz, Kathleen Barker
Serrett, Karen Diasio