Our Faculty

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Evetts, Cynthia, PhD, OTR
Professor and Director
All Campuses

Education: BS, Texas A&M University; MOT, Texas Woman’s University; PhD, Texas Woman’s University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Mental health; supporting community participation; occupational stress

Cynthia Evetts curriculum vitae

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Chen, Christine, ScD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor and Associate Director
Denton Campus 

Education:  BA, National Taiwan University; MA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MS, Tufts University; ScD, Boston University; Post Doctorate, University of Buffalo

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: program evaluation, survey or PRO (patient-reported outcome) research; Rasch measurement; clinical application of treatment specification and clinical reasoning; OT services to vulnerable populations

Christine Chen curriculum vitae

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Pickens, Noralyn, PhD, OT
Professor and Associate Director 
Denton Campus and Dallas Center


Education: BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS, Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; PhD, Kinesiology: Therapeutic Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Aging in place and end of life care; specializing in qualitative research and mixed-methodologies.

Noralyn Pickens curriculum vitae

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Baxter, Mary Frances, PhD, OT, FAOTA
Professor and Interim Associate Director
Houston Center

Education: BS, Colorado State University; MA, Texas Woman's University; PhD, University of Houston

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Pediatrics; Neuro-Rehabilitation; assistive and adaptive technology

Mary Frances Baxter curriculum vitae

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Amerih, Husny, PhD, OTR, CKTI
Associate Professor
Denton Campus 

Education: BS, MS, University of Central Arkansas; PhD, Texas Woman's University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Physical Disability; Assistive Technology; OT Education and Curricula; Occupational Adaptation of Foreign Therapists

Husny Amerih curriculum vitae

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Bowman, O. Jayne, PhD, LOT
Associate Professor 
Houston Center 

Education: BA, Mary-Hardin Baylor; BS, MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; PhD, Texas A&M University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Pediatrics; sensory integration; child development; measurement, hand strength and hand function; test/retest reliability of assessment instruments

O. Jayne Bowman curriculum vitae

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Bowyer, Patricia, EdD, MS, OTR, FAOTA
Professor and Coordinator of Post-Professional Programs 
Houston Center 


Education: BA, Milligan College; Certificate in OT, Eastern Kentucky University; MS, Eastern Kentucky University; EdD, East Tennessee State University; Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Johns Hopkins University; Postdoctoral Research associate, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Children and Youth as it relates to the Model of Human Occupation; assessment development specific to the Short Child Occupational Profile and Child Occupational Self Assessment as well as other MOHO based pediatric assessments; treatment effectiveness that is based on the Model of Human Occupation

Patricia Bowyer curriculum vitae

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Burns, Suzanne Perea, PhD, OTR
Assistant Professor
Denton Campus 

Education:  BS, MOT, University of New Mexico; PhD, Texas Woman's University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Executive function impairments after stroke; community integration outcomes; mobile technology; health and participation disparities in adults with disabilities

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Chan, Josephine, PhD, OTR, CHS
Houston Center 


Education: BS, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; MA, Texas Woman's University; PhD, University of Houston

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Adult physical dysfunction; Hand Therapy; Ergonomics; Instructional Technology; Rehabilitation Technology; Certified Hand Specialist

Josephine Chan curriculum vitae

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Chang, Pei-Fen, PhD, OTR
Associate Professor 
Houston Center 


Education: BS, National Taiwan University; MS, in Gerontology, University of Southern California; PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Patient satisfaction and quality of life in persons with disabilities; Rehabilitation outcomes; Fall prevention for older adults in the community; Health disparities

Pei-Fen Chang curriculum vitae

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Fette, Claudette, PhD, OTR, CRC
Associate Clinical Professor
Denton Campus

Education: BS, Texas Woman's University; MS, University of North Texas; PhD, Texas Woman's University 

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Strength-based practice and assessment; Mental health promotion and early intervention; Psychosocial Rehabilitation; Family engagement and Wraparound; School-based practice and School Mental Health; Community-based practice and facilitating meaningful occupation

Claudette Fette curriculum vitae

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Fletcher, Tina, EdD, MFA, OTR
Associate Professor 
Dallas Center

Education: BS, University of Texas Medical Branch; MA, University of Alabama-Birmingham; BFA, MFA, EdD, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Certified school therapy specialist; Creative Arts interventions; Cultural arts access programming; Creativity; International orphan relief

Tina Fletcher curriculum vitae

Catherine Cooper Hay

Hay, Catherine Cooper, PhD, OTR
Assistant Professor
Houston Campus

Education:  BS, University of California at Santa Barbara; MS, Tufts University; PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Stroke and brain injury; patient centered outcomes in rehabilitation; cognition; sex differences in rehabilitation intervention and outcomes; Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

Catherine Cooper Hay curriculum vitae

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Hennigan, Mary, OTR, MBA
Associate Clinical Professor
Denton Campus


Education: BA, Rosary College; MOT, Texas Woman's University; MBA, University of Dallas

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Physical Dysfunction; Advocacy; Occupational Therapist Job Satisfaction

Mary Hennigan curriculum vitae

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Levandowski, Shannon, OTD, OTR, BCP, SCSS
Associate Clinical Professor
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Denton Campus


Education: BA Clemson University; BS University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MS, Boston University; OTD, Boston University; AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics & AOTA Specialty Certification in School Systems

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Clinical education and professionalism; School system practice and educational team collaboration; Behavioral Interventions and family dynamics/sibling play with children with autism; Early childhood special education, inclusion practices and childhood participation in school and home

Shannon Levandowski curriculum vitae

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Lohmann, Alicia F., OTD, OTR, CBIS
Associate Clinical Professor 
Houston Center 


Education: BS Texas A&M University; MOT Texas Woman's University; OTD South University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Neuro Rehab with emphasis in brain injury; Brain injury Specialist; geriatric care; wheelchair seating & positioning

Alicia Lohmann curriculum vitae

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Neville, Marsha, PhD, OT
Dallas Center


Education: BS, Eastern Michigan University; MS, University of Texas, Dallas; PhD, University of Texas, Dallas

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Rehabilitation; clinical education; TBI; CVA; Falls in elderly; computerization of tasks

Marsha Neville curriculum vitae

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Poskey, Gail A., PhD, OTR
Associate Professor
Dallas Center

Education: BS, East Central University; MOT, Texas Woman's University; PhD, Texas Woman's University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Pediatrics, Pediatric TBI and SCI, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), fatherhood, evidence based practice, and prevention of abusive head trauma

Gail Poskey curriculum vitae

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Roberts, Heather, PhD, OT
Assistant Professor
Denton Campus

Education: BSOT, Saint Louis University; MS Healthcare Administration, University of Texas at Arlington; PhD Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Pediatrics; cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities; constraint induced movement therapy; promoting evidence based practice

Heather Roberts curriculum vitae

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Associate Clinical Professor 
Dallas Center 


Education: Prof diploma, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; MA, PhD, Texas Woman's University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Adult physical dysfunction; Hand Therapy; ICU critical care; Low vision; Stroke rehabilitation; kinesotaping & Certified Sensory Integration & Praxis Test

William Sit curriculum vitae

Theresa Maria Smith

Smith, Theresa Marie, PhD, OTR, CLVT
Associate Professor
Houston Center

Education: BS, University of Florida; MHS, University of Indianapolis; PhD, Nova Southeastern University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Older adults, theory, therapeutic use of self and groups, program development; low vision rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, and disaster response

Theresa Smith curriculum vitae

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Vas, Asha, PhD, OT
Assistant Professor 
Dallas Center


Education: BS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; MOT, St. Catherine's University, St. Paul, Minnesota; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Neuroscience, Traumatic Brain Injury, Translational Research

Asha Vas curriculum vitae

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Washington, Leon, PhD, OTR, LMSW, C/NDT
Assistant Professor
Denton Campus


Education: BS, Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University; MSW, Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University; PhD, Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Children with special needs and their caregivers, children who are abused and exposed to violence, pediatric neurological deficits, qualitative methodologies

Leon Washington curriculum vitae

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Watford, Monica F., PhD, OTR 
Assistant Clinical Professor
Dallas Center

Education: BA, Southwestern University; MA, CUNY-Queens College; MOT, The University of Texas Medical Branch; PhD, The University of Texas Medical Branch

Specialty Areas and Research Interests: Adults/Older Adults, TBI, Neurorehabilitation, Assistive Technology, Evidence Based Practice, Self Advocacy, and Return to Work

Monica Watford curriculum vitae

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