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Meet Dr. Judy Parker Kent: New Chair of the Department of OT at USciences

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Bringing with her an impressive background in higher education, Judy Parker Kent, OTD, EdS, OTR/L, has spent the past few weeks settling into her new role as chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences. Dr. Kent came to the University having taught at Salem State University for more than 20 years.

Dr. Kent replaced Michelle E. Cohen, PhD, associate dean of Samson College of Health Sciences at USciences, who had served as the interim chair of the department for the past two years.

Beyond her experience in the classroom, Dr. Kent boasts more than 35 years of experience as an occupational therapist working primarily with children in a variety of settings including school systems, home care, and mental health settings. Because of her unwavering commitment to healthcare education, Dr. Kent was recently named to the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and, in April, was inducted into the Leaders and Legacy Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Dr. Kent has published articles and book chapters focusing on pediatrics and complementary care. She has also lectured nationally on the topics of children, complementary care, education and, most recently, scholarship in occupational therapy. Her professional interests include pediatrics, autism spectrum disorder, mental health, complementary care, developmental disabilities, spirituality, and distance education

Originally from Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr. Kent received her OTD in occupational therapy, with a focus in neuro-occupation, from Creighton University; EdS in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University, MS in occupational therapy from Columbia University, and BS in biology from Adelphi University.

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