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Heather appreciates the opportunities offered by TWU OT faculty

Facts about our PhD in OT program

  • The program began in 1993 and has graduated more than 35 PhDs
  • Graduate assistantships are frequently available
  • Classroom courses are taught primarily online. See Appendix B of the Student Handbook for further detail. 

Research Focus

Since its beginning, a major goal of the PhD program has been to develop research based on the relationship between occupation and adaptation. See below, lines of research for individual members of the doctoral teaching faculty.


Doctoral Faculty at TWU


Marsha Neville, OTR , PhD

 Research Focus

Catherine Candler, OTR, PhD, BCP


 Research Focus

Pei-Fen Chang, OTR, PhD         


 Research Focus

Cynthia Evetts, OTR, PhD  Research Focus
Gayle Hersch, OTR, PhD                   Research Focus

Noralyn Davel Pickens, OT, PhD


 Research Focus

Sally Schultz, OTR, PhD, LPC


 Research Focus

Patricia Bowyer, OTR, EdD

 Research Focus

Mary Frances Baxter, OT, PhD


 Research Focus


Sally Schultz, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Program
(214) 689-7766 

Accreditation & Graduation Rates

The School of Occupational Therapy graduated a total of 367 Master of Occupational Therapy students from 2011-2013 (117, 116, 134 respectively).  Our graduation rates for those years were 94.5%, 86.5%, and 95%.  Program data results are available at the National Board of Certified Occupational Therapy Examiners (NBCOT) at

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)

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