USciences Graduate Named Chair of Occupational Therapy Department

By Colby Gallagher

Published on July 25, 2019

Dr. Wendy WalshAfter a year of serving as interim chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, Wendy Walsh MOT’00, PhD’18 (health policy), OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, has been named permanently to the position.

The Board of Trustees approved the move in July after seeing how well Dr. Walsh handled the interim role.

“Dr. Katz, Dean Cohen, and I have been very impressed with her leadership of the department, and she has clearly articulated and implemented the forward pathway for its programs,” said Peter Miller PhD, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Walsh earned a masters of occupational therapy from USciences in 2000 and a PhD in health policy in 2018, but became a full-time faculty member in 2011. Since then, she has worked her way up through the department.

Dr. Walsh said she relied on her seven years of experience and familiarity with the University process when transitioning to the role.

“I am happy to be named the permanent chair as I feel I can bring stability and growth to the department,” she said.

In her role, Dr. Walsh wants to focus on changes in the healthcare marketplace.


“USciences Department of Occupational Therapy must increase community visibility,” she said. “We are a valuable local resource that is in demand, but underutilized. Our doctoral and master students are changing the world and we should shout that from the rooftops.”

In 2019, there were 18 students who graduated with a doctorate of occupational therapy, the largest class yet.

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