Chatham University

Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Alumni


"My OTD experience at Chatham University was awesome and took me to places I never imagined I would or could be. I have learned so much more about the OT profession, such as the occupational therapy practice framework, the Centennial vision, and the evolving profession of occupational science. This journey has equipped me with the tools and resources to explore other avenues as an occupational therapist. I am capable searching and analyzing the literature for evidence-based practice principles. I am comfortable using different types of technology to deliver educational resources that will enhance learning and health literacy. I am cognizant of the need as an occupational therapist to increase my awareness of people who may be occupationally deprived or marginalized, and to find ways of promoting their occupational performance and well-being. I am more aware of the wealth of local and national resources available such as, grants and loans that can be used to expand the reach of occupational therapy services to promote health and wellbeing, and reduce health disparities in the communities. I am driven to think outside of my traditional way of thinking, from an individual to a group service delivery. I recognize as an occupational therapist my holistic approach to care is a tremendous asset for healthcare as well as non-healthcare organizations, and preventative services can have a positive impact on people's lives."

-- Teina Daley, OTD Class of 2017


"The most important thing that this journey taught me was how to apply and integrate acquired knowledge into my personal and professional life. Prior to starting this program, I observed occupational injustices but did not realize I could do something about them. As a result of Chatham's phenomenal OTD program, I know that I can be a change agent as an occupational therapist at my workplace, in the community, and globally."

-- Monica Cainion, OTD Class of 2017


"I feel that the OTD program has made me grow professionally as an OT and as a student. I have learned and developed so many new skills that can prepare me to be a better OT, leader, researcher, evidence-based practitioner, and educator. I have learned that I can accomplish a lot while dealing with working full-time, a part-time job, and raising a family."

-- Brooke Gingrich, OTD Class of 2017


"When I reflect back on the beginning of the OTD journey in January 2016, if feels like forever ago, yet just yesterday at the same time. The pure elation of graduation did not fully hit me until I picked up my regalia at the bookstore last week and the woman was shouting "Congrats Dr. B!"

I can confidently say I have a better set of skills in order to make me a more well-rounded practitioner. I enhanced my knowledge through a greater focus on evidence-based practice, educational technology and leadership skills. The coursework reminded me of the importance of setting goals for myself in order to accomplish the things I am passionate about both professionally and personally.

My capstone project on the topic of health literacy has affected the way I approach and treat each individualized patient. Having more knowledge in this area has changed my approach when communicating with patients on a daily basis. I am much more aware of health literacy and its overall effects on therapeutic interventions and the health care system in its entirety.

Looking ahead to the future, I would like to assume the role of an adjunct occupational therapy professor. This is the primary reason I set out on this doctoral journey. I would still like to keep up my clinical skills while taking on new roles in education. Education is empowering; it creates a new inspiration for the continued commitment of being a life-long learner."

-- Alexa Bevacqua, OTD Class of 2017


"Even though this experience has been a roller coaster, I am glad I decided to broaden my horizons and step out of my comfort zone. I think I have become a more occupation- and evidence-based practitioner. I have succeeded in making myself more marketable and I have become more invigorated to pursue my passions and different employment, thereby expanding my comfort zone. I strongly believe that I would not be the individual or professional I am today if not for the education and support I've received along the way. Regardless of what path I choose, the doctoral experiences have helped shape the individual that I am and will unconsciously impact my future."

-- Rachel Partner, OTD Class of 2017