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Why a tOTD (transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy)?


Jun 8, 2021 11:45 AM

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tOTD Program Director @Marymount University
Susan Lin, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an occupational therapist and health scientist. Dr. Lin is the former Research Director of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is currently the Program Director for the post-professional clinical occupational therapy doctoral program at Marymount University. Her research interests include patient-centered outcomes research, stroke rehabilitation, rehabilitation treatment specification, and health services research. She received her research doctorate in therapeutic studies from Boston University, her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William and Mary. She has held several leadership positions including Virginia Representative to AOTA Representative Assembly; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science Advisory Panel member and more.
Veronica T. Rowe MS(R), PhD, OTR/L, CBIST, FNAP
tOTD Assistant Program Director @Marymount University
Dr. Veronica Rowe obtained a master’s degrees in research from St. Louis University in 1995 and in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1996. She achieved her PhD in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 2016. In her 24 years of experience as an occupational therapist, she has worked in various areas of adult and geriatric care including acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, long term care, burns, hands, and psychiatric care, all areas with an emphasis in neurological disorders. Prior to her work in academia, she spent her career in St. Louis, Missouri at St. Anthony’s Medical Center; Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins Bayview; and Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University. She served as a project coordinator for numerous research studies at Emory University involving rehabilitation therapies for the neurologically compromised upper extremity.
Gillian Rai MS.Ed., OTR/L, RYT
tOTD Faculty @Marymount University
Dr Rai has over 20 years of combined national and international experience as an Occupational Therapist (OT), educator, consultant, coach and speaker. Dr Rai is committed and dedicated to developing inclusive policies and programs in diverse and multicultural settings, empowering individuals and families with disabilities. She is the founder of SubLime Living a holistic Occupational Therapy practice, NYU adjunct professor, Commissioner DC Health and Licensing Regulation Board of OT, and former Director of the GWU Post Professional Doctoral Occupational Therapy program. Dr Rai through her roles has provided disability and rehabilitation technical advice to Governments, The World Bank, a United Nations agency, and international non-governmental organizations. She has also worked with and low and middle-income countries, and volunteers with occupational therapy organizations world wide.