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Lynne Andonian, Ph.D, OTR/L

Professor, Lynne Andonian earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, a M.A. degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University, San Francisco. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, primarily in mental health, in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient partial hospitalization programs, public schools, and community-based settings. Dr. Andonian has also worked abroad with people with disabilities in Zambia and Uganda. She has presented nationally and internationally on her research interests that include community advocacy for underserved groups in the US and abroad, people with mental illness, international and multicultural issues, and occupational therapy clinical education.

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Assistant Professor Luis de Leon Arabit earned his Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine, Saint Augustine, FL; his Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX; and his Bachelors’ of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Philippines, Manila. He is an accomplished and experienced occupational therapist with a demonstrated history working in the hospital and healthcare industry with specific focus on neurorehabilitation, orthopedic clinical practice and administration/management. 

Dr. Arabit was the immediate past Supervisor of Occupational Therapy and Leadership Coordinator of Pediatric Rehab and The Cleft Palate Program at Adventist Health White Memorial, Los Angeles, CA. He is Board Certified in Neurorehabilitation & Physical Rehabilitation and holds certifications in NDT, PNF & the Affolter Concept. Dr. Arabit was a past Vice-President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), a former Chair of the OTAC Advocacy & Government Affairs Committee and a former Chair of the Los Angeles Occupational Therapy Leadership Forum. He was the recipient of the 2016 Janice Matsusuyu Outstanding Service award and the 2013 Luella Grangaard Political Action award from OTAC. 

In 2020, Dr. Arabit was named Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA), an honor reserved for occupational therapists who have contributed significantly to the field. He was selected to receive the 2020 Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Asian-Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association (APHOTA) and was also chosen as the 2020 Honored Lecturer by the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy (CFOT). Dr. Arabit is a published author, writer and speaker at state, regional, national and international OT conferences. He currently serves as the Region V Director and Board member of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC) and is the co-chair of The AOTPAC Ambassadors. He is also a Board member and the Philippine cultural liaison of the Asian Pacific Heritage Occupational Therapy Association.

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Cesar Arada, MHS, OTR/L,

Fieldwork Coordinator and assistant lecturer, Cesar Arada earned his Masters in Health Services from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri in 2001 and his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Philippines in Manila in 1991. He is licensed in CA with certifications in Physical Agent Modalities & Swallowing. He has extensive geriatric and rehab management experience, holding senior management positions. His passion includes OT program development and implementation in skilled nursing, assisted and independent senior living facilities (fall, wellness, feeding and swallowing, positioning, contracture management and splinting, and dementia). His expertise include Medicare and SNF State regulations, compliance, quality assurance and clinical education. Over the years, he has overseen and mentored therapist & student clinical skills progression. He is dedicated about helping future colleagues gain the requisite clinical and professional competence at their desired practice setting.

He continues to clinically practice at geriatric and neuropsychology settings, and currently serves as a Rehab Consultant for therapy providers.

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Peter Bailey, MS, OTR/L

Lecturer Peter Bailey, MS, OTR/L, earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at SJSU. His clinical experience has been in rehabilitation and in psychiatric settings. He has been instrumental in expanding the role of Occupational Therapy in the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings at Sutter Health. He provides gender education and has assisted with program design to provide comprehensive care to transgender and non-binary patients. 

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Courtney Boitano, OTD, OTR/L, BCBA-D

Lecturer Courtney Boitano earned a BA in Psychology at Santa Clara University, and has completed her MS in Occupational Therapy and OTD at the University of Southern California. In addition, she has earned a doctoral degree as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from the University of Western Florida.

Courtney has over 10 years experience working in pediatrics and school based practice. Her clinical practice focuses on children with Autism and Down Syndrome. Courtney’s research interests include Lifestyle Redesign for the family of a child with a disability and educating parents on infusing occupational therapy concepts into the daily life of typically developing children. As an OTD candidate at USC, Courtney was awarded the University Neighborhood Outreach grant for her OTD Lifestyle Redesign obesity prevention program. Courtney has co-presented at AOTA 2008 on priority practice areas for the 2017 Centennial Vision. She also contributed to authors Barbara Hanft and Jayne Shepherd’s text, Collaborating for Student Success: A Guide for School Based Occupational Therapy as a student enrolled in USC OS/OT’s School-Based Grant program. Courtney has served on the board of the Blind Children’s Learning Center in southern California and the Los Gatos- Saratoga Observation Nursery School.

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Deborah Bolding, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor Deborah Bolding has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at San José State University (SJSU) since 2016. She was the coordinator of the post-professional master’s program in occupational therapy at SJSU from 2012-2015. As an occupational therapist, she has extensive professional experience with persons with injury and illness in settings ranging from the emergency department and intensive care unit to rehabilitation, home health, and out-patient settings (with emphasis in trauma and neurological problems). She currently practices in community-based fall prevention for older adults.

Dr. Bolding earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree from Boston University, a post-master’s certificate in Health Professions Education from Simmons College, and a PhD in Education from Capella University. She is licensed as an occupational therapist in California with qualifications in hand therapy, physical agent modalities, and swallowing.

Dr. Bolding has authored or co-authored works related to juvenile arthritis, functional mobility, splinting, habilitation, fieldwork education, evidence-based practice, motor control, and obstructive sleep apnea. She has two primary research interests: aging on the go (inclusive of safety and mobility in the home, local, and global communities), and professional development of occupational therapy students and practitioners. Recent publications and reports include: Survey of Occupational Therapy Students’ Attitudes, Knowledge and Preparedness for Treating LGBT Clients (2020), Prevalence and Types of Incivility in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork (2020), Older Adults’ Perceptions Regarding Transportation Services in San José, CA: Access, Barriers, and Innovation (2019), and Falls in the Geriatric Patient (2019).

Awards include Fieldwork Educator Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California (2006); Roster of Fellows award from the American Occupational Therapy Association (2014), and Honored Lecturer by the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy (2015). Dr. Bolding serves on the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (SJSU), College of Health and Human Sciences Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (SJSU), and the Age-Friendly Cities San José Advisory Council.


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Megan C. Chang, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor Megan Chang earned her Ph.D. in Occupational Science, M.S. in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She completed a clinical training program and received certification in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). Her research interests include using psychophysiological approaches to study sensory processing, emotion, and cognition as well as examining psychosocial and physiological risk factors associated with health-related behaviors and occupations in various populations. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including her most recent work in the fields of physical dysfunction and pediatrics. She is a Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programmer and has worked several years as a biostatistician. Inspired by her previous mentors, she is passionate about teaching future therapists not only to improve their skills but also to actively engage in research activities in order to collaboratively strengthen the knowledge base of Occupational Therapy.

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Choi Chio, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, PAM

Lecturer Choi Chio earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University and a post professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with aging elective at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Chio has over 10 years of experience working as an occupational therapist and fieldwork educator primarily in different geriatric settings including Subacute Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Independence Living Facilities, adult day care center, outpatient service, and home health care. She served as a Roster of Accreditation Evaluator from ACOTE for three years. She is enthusiastic about aging in place and developing different intervention programs for optimal treatment outcomes. Dr. Chio is passionate about teaching occupational therapy students with practical and functional techniques in assisting clients with physical, neurological, and/or cognitive disabilities and comorbidities. Her research and clinical interests include the interventions and outcome measures for post-acute rehabilitation in older adults, clinical reasoning and modification for patient safety, effectiveness of occupational therapy involvement in caregiver training at different settings, and preventative care in occupational therapy.

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Chiao-Ju Fang, Ph.D, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Chiao-Ju Fang earned her doctoral and MA degrees in occupational therapy from New York University (NYU). She received her BS in occupational therapy from National Taiwan University. Dr. Fang has practiced in hospitals, schools, and early intervention to serve children and adolescents with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities both in Taiwan and the United States.

A bilingual researcher, Dr. Fang’s primary research interest is the development of conceptually grounded, psychometrically sound tools measuring the activities, participation levels, and environmental supports of children and adolescents with disabilities. Over the years, she has specialized in cross-cultural and international research, establishing strong connections in the occupational therapy and education fields in the United States and Asia. While pursuing her doctorate at NYU, Dr. Fang won a number of grants and awards to support her research. Most notably, she was the 2017 recipient of NYU Steinhardt’s Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award and the 2010 Taiwan Ministry of Education Dissertation Grant Award.

Dr. Fang’s research plans include several areas, such as 1) outcomes measurement for cross-cultural research, 2) advanced technologies using robots and smart homes, the use of computer-based interventions such as virtual reality, and 3) leadership, marketing, and management in occupational therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Alison George, MS, OTR/L

Alison George has been a lecturer at San Jose State University (SJSU) for over 25 years. She has clinical expertise in providing occupational therapy services to adults with physical disabilities as well as early intervention services to children with special needs. She has taught a variety of courses while at SJSU but the focus of her teaching has been in functional kinesiology, occupational therapy practice and the occupational therapy clinics (physical disabilities and well-elderly). In addition, Lecturer George is a contributing author to three chapters in the internationally recognized textbook, Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction (8th ed). She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Student Leadership Committee for the Occupational Therapy Association of California.

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Yvonne Golembeski, OTD, MA, OTR/L, C/NDT, ECHM

Lecturer Yvonne Hoang Golembeski earned a B.A. in Psychology at University of California - Los Angeles, M.A in Occupational Therapy and post professional OTD at University of Southern California. Her clinical experience includes inpatient-ICU, surgical, telemetry; acute rehab; and outpatient settings for adult populations. She currently works as an occupational therapist at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. As an adjunct professor at West Coast University in Los Angeles, Yvonne taught occupational therapy evaluations and assessments, as well as basic patient care skills. Her passions (related to OT) are gamification in education, universal design and environmental accessibility, sustainability, and aging in place.

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Christine Haworth, MA, OTR/L

Christine Haworth earned her BS and MA in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. She has 10+ years of clinical experience, primarily in community-based mental health with disenfranchised adolescents, but has also worked in pediatrics and geriatric home health. As an occupational therapist, Ms. Haworth also served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where she worked to facilitate social skills development within juvenile detention facilities, developed programs to enhance community awareness of disabilities, and established programs for female empowerment. She is passionate about expanding the role of OT within the criminal justice system and is a member of the Justice-Based Occupational Therapy network. She is also the co-author of a dynamic assessment of occupational performance skills called the Double OT, which has been acquired by a publisher. She and her colleagues are in the process of conducting research on the assessment tool and have presented on it both nationally and internationally. Ms. Haworth maintains an ongoing clinical practice at OTTP-SF.

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Melisa Kaye, EdD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Melisa Kaye earned a Bachelor and post-professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University and a Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco. She was a member of the design team that developed a MA degree program in Educational Technology at the University of San Francisco. Her research interests rest at the intersections between education and clinical practice and include multimedia learning application, leveraging technology to enhance healthcare education, sensory processing and integration, trauma-informed care, and the development of cognitive and perceptual skills in children.

Dr. Kaye has extensive pediatric experience and is the founder and director of Firefly Center: Therapy Services for Children, a clinic in Burlingame, CA. She is passionate about partnering with children and their families to address a range of developmental, psychosocial, self-regulatory, and learning challenges. She mentors entry-level therapists and presents locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to occupational therapy education, sensory processing and integration, and school readiness. She is the Leadership and Management coordinator for the Children and Youth Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Jean Koketsu, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Lecturer Jean Koketsu graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in psychology, from SJSU with an M.S. in occupational therapy, and from Eastern Kentucky University with a post-professional OT doctorate. She has over 25 years of experience working as an OT in a variety of settings. The first half of her career was in a large rehabilitation hospital in San Jose where she gained experience in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, burn rehabilitation and outpatient hand therapy. The second half of her career has been working in community practice settings such as home health and the REACH Program in Palo Alto, CA and as a lecturer at SJSU. She currently works as an occupational therapist at On Lok Lifeways and helps older adults age in place. She has been a fieldwork educator since early in her career and endeavors to teach future occupational therapists to provide skilled and compassionate care. Her current research and clinical interests are in the area of sleep, restorative occupations, and routines. Lecturer Koketsu revised the Activities of Daily Living chapter and the chapter on Sleep and Rest in the newest edition of Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction.

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Katrina M. Long EdD, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Katrina Long earned her EdD in movement science and education, specializing in occupational therapy, from Columbia University (CU) in New York City, her MS in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and a BA from California State University Channel Islands. Prior to joining SJSU, Katrina served as a clinician, lecturer, and researcher at Columbia University for 7 years.  She has presented at regional, national and international conferences, and has peer-reviewed publications. While pursuing her doctorate, she was awarded a number of grants and scholarships including the Columbia University Dean’s Grant for Student Research and Provost’s Grant for Conference Presentation. Dr. Long has worked at CU’s Neurorehabilitation Research Lab as a research coordinator and as a consultant at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. Her clinical experience has focused primarily in the areas of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), stroke, and Cerebral palsy. Dr. Long is passionate about holistic health and movement of the human body. Her research interests include: (1) assessments and interventions for individuals with neurological diseases and disorders, such as PD; (2) motor control and motor learning processes in both healthy individuals and those with neurological disorders; (3) behavioral interventions that facilitate and optimize the formation of health-promoting habits and routines as part of an effective self-management program. Dr. Long aims to develop effective interventions that improve functional abilities and quality of life for people with motor control impairments through occupational therapy and skill-based interventions. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, figure skating, skiing, yoga, and cooking.

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Rochelle McLaughlin, MS, OTR/L

Rochelle McLaughlin is the founder, coordinator, and lead instructor for the Advanced Certificate in SJSU’s Advanced Certificate in Applied Mindfulness a program open to all healthcare and human service practitioners worldwide and we are accepting applications! Log on to apply here

Rochelle earned an MS in Occupational Therapy from SJSU in 2000, and received her certification to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. Rochelle has completed advanced studies in Humanistic Psychology and is a certified yoga instructor. She has taught MBSR, MBOT, and neuro-social-psychophysiological perspectives and practices to several hundred participants for the Department of Occupational Therapy and internationally and she regularly leads retreats on integrating mindfulness into healthcare and human services for all age ranges experiencing a broad range of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges.

Rochelle has personally and professionally experienced and witnessed the integration of mindfulness meditation practice as an extraordinary healing balm for the heart, body, mind, and soul as well as a practice of transforming relationships to self and others. She has woven mindfulness into patient care settings such as mental and physical disabilities, pediatric care, cancer care, grief and loss, equine-assisted modalities, chronic pain and social and ecological justice work.

Rochelle’s teachings are rooted in her own embodied experiences of the transformative power of mindful awareness practices and she is inspired by the collective and collaborative journey weaving mindfulness into healthcare through our unique experience and expression of these profound and personal practices in our lives.

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Heidi McHugh Pendleton, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor Heidi Pendleton received a B.A. degree in English/Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her certificate in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. She completed a Master's degree in occupational therapy, and a PhD degree in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California. Her clinical experience is in physical dysfunction; eight years at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (most recently as a clinical instructor) and seven years as co-director of Project Threshold (a community-based program on environmental accessibility).

Her research interests include independent living skills, friendship and its relation to occupation, women with disability who are aging, leisure skills with persons who have spinal cord injury, needlework and women's hobbies as occupations, and wrist-driven flexor hinge hand splints. In addition to teaching at San Jose State University (SJSU), she has been employed at Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. She has served as the alternate delegate from Northern California to the Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Pendleton was honored to be named as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is a 2000-01 SJSU Teacher Scholar. For the past 12 years she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy serving as Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Board. Dr. Pendleton received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California in Sacramento. She is the co-editor of the 6th, 7th, and 8th Edition of Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction textbook.

Dr. Pendleton completed her 4 year term as the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department and returned to full time teaching Fall 2012. She is currently serving her 3rd two year term as Chair of the University Accommodations Review Board at San Jose State University.

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Karen Pickett, MS, OTR/L, SWC

Lecturer Karen Pickett received her BSOT and MSOT at San Jose State University. Her career of over 30 years has included psychiatry in locked, community and acute settings. In addition Karen has practiced OT in physical disabilities acute care, SNF and Acute Rehabilitation. She has also been a supervisor of OT, PT and SLP services in acute care hospital setting. Karen’s Master’s Thesis was in the area of occupational performance and chronic pain. She is passionate about occupational therapists embracing all of their skills related to physical, cognitive and psychosocial components of occupational performance. Karen has co-presented at OTAC on pre-vocational skills for individuals with serious mental illness and co-presented a poster at AOTA on cognitive assessment in acute care. In her role at Stanford, she continues to function as a resource for others in the area of cognitive assessment as well as educating medical residents about occupational therapy.

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Pamela Richardson (SJSU WASC Accreditation Chair)

Pamela Richardson, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington; a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine and a Ph.D in Early Childhood Special Education/ Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She has had many years of experience, primarily in pediatrics, in a variety of settings, including private practice, early intervention, Head Start, public schools and as a consultant to several rural school districts in the Alaskan bush. Her research and clinical interests include social participation of children with disabilities, play-based and peer-mediated interventions, family-centered therapy services, occupational justice issues for youth, transition services for youth with autism, international occupational therapy practice, and online teaching. Dr. Richardson was on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was the OT Department's Post Professional Program Coordinator (until 2012) as well as the coordinator for the departmental study abroad program. Dr. Richardson was named the 2011 Honored Lecturer for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Richardson was the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy [Fall 2012 - Spring 2014].  She then assumed the Acting Associate Dean position (2014) for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) and became the Associate Dean as of Spring 2016 until 2019. She was also the Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences (2019-20).

Dr. Richarson was recently appointed as the SJSU WASC Accreditation Review Committee Chair and will be leading campus preparations for the next institutional self-study report to be submitted in Fall 2021.

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Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Ph.D, OTR/L, BCP, SWC, FAOTA

Professor Schultz-Krohn (Dr. Wynn) has over 30 years of experience working with children. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is certified in Swallowing by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. She served on the Pediatric Panel of AOTA for Board Certification in Pediatrics for several years. Wynn has also served as a member of the ASPIIRE (Association of Service Providers Implementing IDEA Reforms) Cadre of AOTA disseminating information about revisions to the federal law related to early intervention and school based practice: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Wynn is a professor of occupational therapy at San Jose State University where she teaches courses in pediatrics, neuro-rehabilitation, and research methods. Dr. Schultz-Krohn’s scholarly interests include pediatric occupational therapy with expertise in early intervention, school-based practice, family centered intervention, the needs of children and families in homeless shelters, feeding problems, and neurological rehabilitation. She was selected to be a member of the Teacher-Scholar SJSU group in 2003-2004. She continues to practice in pediatric occupational therapy on a part-time basis at a non-profit clinic and for the past 20 years she has provided pro bono services at a family homeless shelter. Her donation of professional services was recognized in the Fall of 2011 and she was awarded a regional Jefferson Award for her volunteer efforts in supporting the families of the most vulnerable in our community. Her continued volunteer work with homeless families was recognized by the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy when she was awarded the Humanitarian Award in 2017. Dr. Schultz-Krohn has a commitment to shared governance and has served as an elected Senator to the SJSU Academic Senate for over 10 years.

Dr. Schultz-Krohn was recognized by her peers and was the Honored Lecturer for the California Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2012. She was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of San Jose State University for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. She is the co-editor of the 6th, 7th, 8th and upcoming 9th Edition of Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction textbook in addition to authoring well over 20 articles and chapters. Dr. Winifred Schultz-Krohn serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention and Schools and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. She is the past Chair of the AOTA Commission of Continuing Competence and Professional Development, and currently serves as Chair of the AOTA By-laws, Policies, and Procedures Committee. The AOTA represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy, while striving to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. The organization represents 60,000 members. Dr. Wynn served as Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department from 2015 -2020, successfully guiding the program through the major accreditation process in 2015-2016 and then submitting the comprehensive accreditation report in Spring of 2020.

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Jerilyn (Gigi) Smith, PhD, OTR/L, SWC, FAOTA

Associate Professor Smith has special advanced education and training in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders which is one among many areas of expertise that she brings to her position in this department. She graduated with her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She also adds to her distinction as being among the first graduating cohort of the Distance Master's program at SJSU. She was named the 2006 Graduate of the Last Decade for the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.  Dr. Smith completed her PhD at Trident University.  Her research was in the area of autism, sensory processing and feeding and eating behaviors.  Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored chapters in Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction and Cara & Macrae's Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on dysphagia and the role of occupational therapy in treating swallowing disorders. Dr. Smith is currently the Vice President for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), and was a member of the Commission on Practice for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She also serves the department as the Graduate Coordinator/Advisor and is the Student OT Association (SOTA) Advisor. She has a clear commitment to SJSU serving on multiple department, college, and university committees and most recently elected to the Academic Senate representing the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS).

Dr. Gigi Smith (SJSU OT alumna with a BS in 1979, MS in 2001) was inducted to the Roster of Fellows and awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) at the AOTA Annual Conference in 2017. This award is made in recognition of her: Excellence in Practice, Exemplary Service, and Mentoring. She was also Honored Lecturer for the Califonia Foundation of Occupational Therapy in 2018.

Dr. Smith is the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and as such is responsible for all administrative and personnel issues concerning the faculty and students of this department. These include: hiring and supervision of faculty, budget, department resource allocation, scheduling, and supervision of staff, and is the representative of this department on various College and University committees. She serves as our liaison to the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education in matters of accreditation, certification of students, and compliance with Standards.

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Graham Teaford, MS, OTR/L

Lecturer Teaford joined the faculty in Fall 2008. He earned his BS degree in Occupational Therapy here at San Jose State University and his MS degree in Occupational Therapy through our Post Professional Program. He has taught courses on neuro-rehabilitation, occupational therapy with older adults, clinical practice in occupational therapy, cultural diversity and infusing occupation in clinical practice. His research interests include neurological assessment and intervention, fall prevention for older adults, aging in place, and community based occupational therapy programs. He currently is employed at On Lok Lifeways, a program serving community based older adults who are eligible for skilled nursing placement.

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Michelle Tipton-Burton, MS, OTR/L

Lecturer Tipton-Burton earned both her BS and MS in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. She has over 32 years of clinical experience in various physical disability settings. Her clinical specialty lies with neurological disorders and traumatic brain injury. This area of expertise has her lecturing nationally on various topics related to brain injury. Her research interests include seating and positioning with neurologically involved individuals as well as cognitive orthotic devices to assist those with memory and planning deficits. She has written chapters in several occupational therapy textbooks including most recently the 8th edition of Pedretti's OT for physical dysfunction.  Lecturer Tipton-Burton will be teaching the physical disabilities clinic course.

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

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Gordon Burton

Professor Burton, Ph.D., OTR/L, Emeritus Professor, retired from the Occupational TherapyDepartment as Chair in July, 2004. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University all in New York State. Dr. Burton worked manyyears in a variety of clinical settings with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Some of the chapters the has written are in Pedretti's, Occupational Therapy Practice Skills for PhysicalDisabilities, and Early's, Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. He is currently a section editor and contributor for the 6th edition of Umphred's textbook on Neurological Rehabilitation, and is also updating a chapter in a textbook for Physical Therapy assistants. Dr. Burton has published and presented papers related to physical disabilities locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Burton is enjoying retirement, his children and grandchildren, travel, and a calmer lifestyle.

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Elizabeth Cara

Professor Liz Cara, PhD, OTR/L, MFCC, received her Certificate of Proficiency in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. She has published papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey, the occupational therapist and primatologist, and also one of SJSU and occupational therapy’s most famous graduates. Dr. Cara was selected for San Jose State University's Teacher-Scholar program for 2006-2007, served for six years as President of the SJSU California Faculty Association for over 700 faculty members and represented CASA in the academic senate, 2012-2014. Her scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide. She has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally Dr. Cara is a native of San Francisco and fervent follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49'ers.

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Carolyn Glogoski, Ph.D, OTR/L

Associate Professor Carolyn Glogoski earned a B.S. in occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University and an M.S. degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. She obtained a combined M.S./ Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She has 30+ years of clinical experience in geriatrics, community mental health and case management, serving the seriously mentally ill, the homeless population and at risk adolescents and transition age young adults. She maintains an ongoing clinical practice one day a week. 

Dr. Glogoski's research interests include community living competencies and mental health issues with older adults, person's with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), homeless individuals and at risk youth. She is interested in how occupation can promote" aging in place", wellness, life style redesign and least restrictive living contexts. Very recent research interests involve exploring the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy and utilization of living skill evaluations to promote quality of life and independence.

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Amy Killingsworth

Professor Killingsworth, MA, OTR/L, Emeritus Professor, is from New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at New York University. She came to California shortly after completing her studies. Her area of clinical expertise is physical dysfunction. She has worked at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, and a variety of long term care and skilled nursing facilities. She also has served as a consultant with several insurance companies on workman's compensation issues. Professor Killingsworth holds a Master' of Arts degree in Education with special emphasis on interpersonal relationships from San Francisco State University. Her research Interests include diversity in education, kinesiology, work hardening, job analysis, and ergonomics. She was honored by the Occupational Therapy Association of California with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

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Lela A. Williams Llorens

*Congratulations to Dr. Lela Llorens, Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, who received the California Foundation of Occupational Therapy (CFOT) 2016 Honored Lecturer award.  Dr. Llorens was the Honored Lecturer in 1985 and will be speaking on the 35th anniversary of the CFOT. *Read more about this by clicking here [pdf].

Dr. Lela Llorens, Emeritus Professor, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University; a Master of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University; and a Certificate in Gerontology from San Jose State University.

Dr. Llorens’ professional career has covered over fifty years. Her positions have included experience as a clinician, researcher, writer, editor, consultant, teacher, and administrator. In addition to the Professor Emerita assignation by San Jose State, Dr. Llorens is a Core Faculty Emerita of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Academic positions held by Dr. Llorens include Professor, Chair and Graduate Coordinator in the Departments of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State and the University of Florida and Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California. For three years prior to retirement from San Jose State, Dr. Llorens served as Associate Academic Vice President for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Llorens’ clinical practice experience includes Consultant on the Comprehensive Child Care Project in San Francisco, Head of Occupational Therapy at the Lafayette Clinic in Detroit which included teaching at Wayne State University, staff therapist at Northville State and Wayne County General Hospitals in Michigan. She holds a seat on the Editorial Board of the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal.

Dr. Llorens has contributed extensively to the published literature in Occupational Therapy; also in Allied Health and Gerontology. Her work spans the life cycle. The most enduring work emanated from her Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, “Facilitating Growth and Development: The Promise of Occupational Therapy”. This work has been expanded and published in a book by Dr. Lynne La Corte entitled, New and ExpandedNeuropsychosocial Concepts Complementary to Llorens’ Developmental Theory. Dr. Llorens’ work on occupational adaptation significantly influenced the development of the Occupational Therapy doctoral degree program at Texas Woman’s University. The Blagg-Huey Library at Texas Woman’s University is also the Archival Depository for her professional papers and personal artifacts.

Dr. Llorens’ service to the profession includes numerous professional presentations and consultations as faculty, workshop presenter, visiting/distinguished lecturer, visiting scientist, keynote speaker, discussant, moderator, and/or facilitator. She served as Project Director and/or Evaluator on several Rehabilitation, Health and Human Services, and Administration on Aging grants. In addition, she served on 8 doctoral and 125 master’s degree committees for students in occupational therapy and allied health fields. In retirement, Dr. Llorens has continued to mentor younger colleagues.

Dr. Llorens has received numerous honors. Occupational Therapy awards include: the Award of Merit, the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, and the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the Certificate of Appreciation, the A. Jean Ayres Award, the AOTF Meritorious Service Award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and the AOTF Lela Llorens Fellowship Endowment; The California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Lectureship and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California; the Wilma West Lectureship from the University of Southern California, Department of Occupational Therapy; the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Lectureship from Texas Woman’s University; the Sadie Philcox Lectureship, University of Queensland, Department of Occupational Therapy, Brisbane, Australia; and the AOTA and AOTF President’s Commendation in honor of Wilma L. West.

The University Of Texas Medical Branch Occupational Therapy Class of 1976 was dedicated as the Lela A. Llorens Class in honor of “Outstanding Contributions to the Profession”. Dr. Llorens was inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon, the Occupational Therapy Honor Fraternity, as an honorary member at Wayne State University and honored by students at the University of Southern California with their chapter insignia, as well. She was inducted into Eta Rho Pi Health Professions Honor Society at the University of Florida and into Golden Key National and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternities at San Jose State Universisty. The Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) and the California Occupational Therapy Associations have awarded Honorary Lifetime Memberships to Dr. Llorens. The FOTA also created a Research Fund in her name. Community Awards include: Tribute to Women In Industry by the YWCA and San Jose Mercury News, San Jose; Woman of Distinction, Soroptomist International, Inc, Santa Clara Chapter, San Jose; Certificate of Merit, Michigan State Senate; Appreciation Award, Black Occupational Therapy Caucus, Detroit, Michigan; and Headliner Award, Women of Wayne Alumni, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; “Westsiders Icon”, Detroit, Michigan, and election to the Wall of Distinction by the Office of Minority Student Services at Western Michigan University.

Upon graduation from WMU, Dr. Llorens (Lela Williams) received the Marion R. Spear Award in Occupational Therapy. As an alumna, Dr. Llorens was honored by Western Michigan University with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 and the Western Michigan University Foundation has created the Lela Williams Llorens Scholarship which will be awarded through the Department of Occupational Therapy.

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Anne MacRae (In Memoriam, May 23, 2021)

Dr. Macrae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA, 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.

Dr. MacRae received her PhD in Human Science at Saybrook Graduate School, her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Antioch College. Her primary clinical experience was in the area of mental health and she held the advanced practice board certification in mental health from AOTA. Dr. MacRae was also the recipient of multiple Fulbright Fellowships and had an extensive background in cross-cultural and international consultation. She was a full professor in the Occupational Therapy program at SJSU and a consultant/practitioner for a Northern California behavioral health service. Past positions included coordinator of the SJSU post-professional (distance) program and international advisor.

Her past research, scholarly and practice interests included cultural diversity, occupational justice, phenomenology, all aspects of education,recovery and wellness models, environmental and contextual issues inintervention, collaborative models of treatment, community practice, and functional deficits of psychiatric symptoms.

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Lorraine Williams Pedretti

Lorraine Williams Pedretti, Emeritus Professor, graduated from New York University with a B.S. in O.T. and from San Jose State College with an M.S. in O.T. She taught in the O.T. Program at San Jose State University from 1968 to 1994. Lorraine enjoyed several professional roles in her career in occupational therapy. She practiced on the east coast for 8 years. She earned her master's degree at San Jose State College and became interested in teaching. After more clinical work on the east coast, she returned to San Jose State to assume a teaching position. Prof. Pedretti spent 26 years as a teacher and mentor to students. During that time she authored and edited five editions of an occupational therapy textbook, and produced several instructional videotapes that changed the way clinical skills were taught. After her retirement Lorraine became involved in teaching English as a Second Language and taught in the San Jose area for several years. She credits her professional colleagues at SJSU for her success as a teacher. She says: "I have had a rich and rewarding career as a therapist, teacher, writer and editor." Emeritus Professor Pedretti was awarded Department of Occupational Therapy Alumni of the Year in 2004 and her highly esteemed textbook "Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction" is in its 7th Edition - continuing the tradition under the editorship of two San Jose State University OT faculty.

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Kathleen Barker Schwartz

Professor Schwartz, Ed.D., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A., Emeritus Professor, came to San Jose from Massachusetts where she was on the faculty of Tufts University for seven years. Dr. Schwartz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University Sargent College, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. She has served as Chairperson of this department and as Chair of the Academic Senate of this University. Her occupational therapy experience includes physical rehabilitation, prevocational evaluation, clinical education and management. Research interests include the history of occupational therapy, clinical reasoning, education, and women in leadership. She is active in professional activities and has published numerous articles and has given many presentations related to the history of occupational therapy. She was named to the roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association and was the 2009 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecturer at the American Occupational Therapy Conference in Houston. She was named 2008 Honored Lecturer for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy and delivered her presentation in Ontario, CA. Emeritus Professor Schwartz is the Keynote Speaker for the 2011 Occupational Therapy Association of California Conference - October 14th in Sacramento, California. She retired from San Jose State University in June 2011.

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Karen Diasio Serrett

Karen Diasio Serrett, Ph.D, OTR, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor, retired in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and her doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Serrett initially practiced in psychiatric occupational therapy at Hillside Hospital in New York City, and after obtaining her Master’s degree, helped design the new Bachelor of Science degree at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. She next moved to a conjoint appointment at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Occupational Therapy, where she taught psychiatric occupational therapy at the graduate level, while concurrently educating practicum and fieldwork students at NYS Psychiatric Institute. At Psychiatric Institute, she mentored a large staff and students from various universities in occupational therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology as Director of Training in Rehabilitation.

She moved to California to become Graduate Coordinator at San Jose State University, where she redesigned the graduate course offerings and was instrumental in launching the coordinated Certificate/Masters degree program.  She was founding editor of the scholarly journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and edited a book, Historical and Philosophical Roots of Occupational Therapy. She has presented peer-reviewed papers and workshops at local, regional, national, and international levels, at conferences in occupational therapy, group psychotherapy, psychology, wellness in the workplace, systems science, and organizational development. She was awarded several research grants on a variety of topics, including two in management and leadership in occupational therapy, and one in the study of rites of passage, ritual, and ceremony as healing practices in three different groups: occupational therapists, other professionals, and shamans. She received a grant to offer “Bringing Leadership to your Roles” workshop for faculty and staff at SJSU. In organizational consulting, she has worked as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and communities. Her doctoral dissertation, Improving Quality of Thinking in Organizations, was published privately and received an international readership, and was presented in Monterrey, Mexico at an Organizational Development Congress.

She was selected as a Charter Member of Distinguished Alumni at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and awarded the Certificate of Merit from New York State Occupational Therapy Association. She was also selected a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for “application of systems theory to occupational therapy education, management, and practice.” She received an award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for contributions to occupational therapy education.

After retirement, she moved to Groveland, CA where she helped reestablish a community/senior center, served on 3 boards of directors, and obtained a $50,000 grant to launch the senior center after helping obtain space from the county. She also wrote a Community Visioning Document for the town as part of a community-wide improvement effort initially sponsored by Yosemite National Park. She served on a committee to improve healthcare services for Groveland and was instrumental in successfully preserving the local rehabilitation center owned by the County and scheduled for closure, through a community effort to find private ownership for the center. In 2009 she moved to Ashland, Oregon, where she enjoys hobbies including attending plays, concerts, OLLI classes, painting, being a whippet lover, singing in the Peace Choir, and enjoying time with her family.

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Marti Southam

Professor Southam, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Emeritus Professor, retired from the Occupational Therapy Department and Chair position in August, 2008. She earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida, a M.A. in Education (Instructional Technology) at San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Science at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco. Dr. Southam served as the Northern California Representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association and has given years of service to the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Southam was selected as the 2006 Honored Lecturer for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy (CFOT). She has many years of experience in a variety of clinical settings with patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Dr. Southam has published and presented papers related to humor, pain management and leisure occupations locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Southam is enjoying retirement, her grandchildren, continued volunteer work and a calmer lifestyle.