Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy Faculty and Staff

Ingrid Provident EdD, OTR/L FAOTA
Assistant Professor

Hometown : Pittsburgh PA
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Mentoring, Professional Development , and the Scholarship ofTeaching

Personal Areas of Interest

Biking, Kayaking, Reading, Quilting,

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I was educated and trained as an occupational therapist via a non-traditional route. I was first awarded an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in 1983 which allowed me to practice as a Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L). While working full-time as a COTA/L, in Pittsburgh, PA, I flew to New York City on weekends for three years, to pursue and obtain my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, which I earned in 1987 from Dominican College. During the next several years, I worked at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, in the areas of stroke rehabilitation, burn care and outpatient hand rehabilitation. experiences for the Mercy Hospital System. Through my responsibilities of educating fieldwork students and teaching new clinicians, I realized my desire to teach and enrolled in a Master of Science in Education program at Duquesne University which I earned in 1995. This degree marked the beginning of my transition from the clinic to academia. For the next several years, I taught at Duquesne University in the Occupational Therapy Department where I also earned my Doctorate in Education. At Duquesne University, I further assumed the responsibilities of Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in addition to teaching, which I performed full time until June of 2010. I was asked to teach in the OTD program at Chatham and I enthusiastically agreed as I was anxious to further my own experience in an online environment and to teach clinicians who are motivated to further their own development. I am now teaching full-time at Chatham with responsibilities in both the Entry-level Master's program and the online OTD Program. Beyond being an OT, my husband and I are raising two teenagers, our daughter is a sophmore in college studying to be an elementary school teacher and our son is a junior in High school. our family enjoys traveling, cooking together and relaxing away from the demands of work.