Occupational Therapy

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Doctor of Education in Occupational Therapy at Teachers College, Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center

Transform your career and enter the next generation of occupational therapy faculty at universities and colleges. Tied to Teachers College and its long-standing history of excellence in education and connected to top-rated Columbia University Medical Center, our graduates will become leading scholars and innovators in the field of occupational therapy with expertise in Movement Sciences.

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Email Glen Gillen, Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC

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Prepare to Learn

Learn the theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform original basic and applied (clinical) research leading to scientific presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and compete for extramural funding through grant writing. Develop a breadth and depth of knowledge in the musculoskeletal, or neuromuscular specialty areas as they relate to impairment, functional limitation, and disability. Graduate with the theoretical and practical skills required to teach at the professional entry-level and post-professional levels within the academic community.

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The Occupational Therapy track utilizes the rich academic resources already available within the Movement Sciences program at Teachers College, and provides students with additional knowledge on the application of movement sciences to content areas within occupational therapy. The track provides an additional array of specialized clinical and field-based research courses within the specialization of occupational therapy that are taught by the faculty in occupational therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

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Prepare to work with legendary leaders


Katherine Dimitropoulou
Katherine Dimitropoulou, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
Glen Gillen
Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
Janet Falk-Kessler
Janet Falk-Kessler, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor of Emerita of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
Lenin Grajo
Lenin Grajo, PhD, EdM, OTR
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
Dawn Nilsen
Dawn Nilsen, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC
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Prepare to Join a Legacy

When you graduate, we like to think you don’t leave TC behind. You join our network of 90,000+ alumni who build on the knowledge and experience they gained to improve lives around the globe. They provide a network of support and connections that will help take you to where you want to be.

Follow in their footsteps today and become a leader in your chosen field tomorrow.

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