Occupational Therapy


The Occupational Therapy Program is an innovative educational program, providing rigorous and comprehensive professional preparation.

Our Occupational Therapy program offers comprehensive classroom and clinical education in all aspects of practice. You will also learn how to conduct research, design community-based programs, develop management and leadership skills, and implement occupationally focused education for wellness and health promotion. 

Our selective program is designed to ensure that you get the attention and support you need to be successful. As a student, you’ll have access to small classes, individual attention from faculty, and academic support resources designed with you in mind. If you enjoy a challenge, there are opportunities for research projects, special fieldwork placements at top rehabilitation facilities, international experiences, and creative program development in community settings. 

Our full-time faculty members have a wide range of clinical, research and teaching skills. All are dedicated to teaching and are motivated to provide you with a dynamic, interactive, challenging and rewarding education.

Dominican University of California's Master’s in Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The national certification examination for eligible candidates is administered by The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).

Dominican University of California's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

The OTD program must have a pre accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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Occupational Therapy Leadership

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Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD, OTR/L, BCG

Associate Professor Chair and OTD Program Director

Contact Information

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Faculty and Staff

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Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD, OTR/L, BCG

Associate Professor Chair and OTD Program Director
Kitsum Lee

Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L, CSRS

Professor Doctoral Capstone Coordinator
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Kristin Jones, MS, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Laura Hess

Laura Greiss Hess, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor
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Karen McCarthy, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor
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Caroline Umeda, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
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Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor
Sharon Freiberg

Sharon Freiberg

Program Administrator
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Sarah Hockey

Instructional Resources Coordinator