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.

Our 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).

Our Programs


Occupational Therapy Leadership

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Julia Wilbarger, OTR/L, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair, Occupational Therapy Department

Contact Information

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Faculty and Staff

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Julia Wilbarger, OTR/L, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
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Sharon Freiberg

Program Administrator
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Laura Greiss Hess, OTR/L, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Kristin Jones

Assistant Professor
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Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director, Associate Professor
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Karen McCarthy, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
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Caroline Umeda, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Claire Murphy

Instructional Resources Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
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Evin Wallus, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD

Assistant Professor