Chatham University

Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Faculty

Joyce Salls, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director

Dr. Salls is Program Director of the Master and Doctor of Occupational Therapy Programs at Chatham University. She received her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2006 and her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1982. Dr. Salls is a board certified pediatric specialist and is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including school districts, early intervention centers, private practice and home care. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of evidence-based practice and school based services. Dr. Salls has participated as a co-leader in international fieldwork experiences in Haiti and as a team member with Project Helping Hands in La Paz, Bolivia. She has published and presented at numerous state and national conferences on a variety of topics including infant development, school based practice, and autism. Dr. Salls continues to maintain a private practice in school-based services.

Douglas Simmons, PhD, OTR/L

OTD 740: Occupational Science

Dr. Simmons received his Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduation he worked for several years in both in and out patient services for individuals surviving brain injury, stroke and other neurological issues. He also managed several subacute programs in the New England seacoast area. He received his Masters of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. His thesis explored integrating more client centered assessments into acute/subacute rehabilitation settings to compliment the FIM. This work was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2000. Dr.Simmons received his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University (2005, his dissertation explored the relationship of occupational performance, occupational satisfaction, social participation and quality of life for survivors of brain injury and stroke. Currently he assists with the continued growth of a community-based empowerment model program for survivors of brain injury and stroke called SteppingStones; this allows him to continue to explore areas of occupational deprivation and injustice associated with these individuals in the domain of social participation and the effect that barriers have on participation and quality of life. He is also an assistant professor in the occupational therapy department at the University of New Hampshire.

Linda Hunt, PhD. OTR/L

OTD 742 Advanced Practice Concepts and Skills
OTD 750 Occupational Therapist as Entrepreneur
OTD 766 Methods of Evaluation

Dr. Hunt is an associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2001. Hunt received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1983 and a MHS from Washington University in St. Louis. Her area of research is in aging, dementia, driving and community mobility. Her practice is in community health, driving and community mobility, and Parkinson’s disease. She has received grants from the National Institute on Aging, General Motors Corporation, and the State of Missouri to explore the effects of cognition and aging on driving ability. She has published numerous book chapters, papers in peer reviewed journals, and her latest publication is Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines by AOTA Press, 2007. In addition to teaching online courses for Chatham University, she currently teaches the following courses for Pacific University: Scholarship & Evidence-Based Practice, Therapeutic Groups, and OT Practice with Older Adults.

Jennifer E. Lape, OTD, OTR/L

OTD 741 Evidence-Based Practice
OTD 751 Applied Evidence-Based Practice
OTD 770 Capstone I: Design and Implementation
OTD 771 Capstone II: Evaluation and Presentation

Dr. Lape earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and both her Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including pediatrics (home and school-based), acute care, home health, and skilled nursing. Her primary areas of interest include sensory processing and the use of multisensory environments to increase quality of life for dementia patients, evidence-based practice in the geriatric population, and strategies to improve fieldwork education for tomorrow’s practitioners. In addition to teaching classes at Chatham, she serves as a clinical consultant and rehab program manager within a skilled nursing facility.

Ingrid Provident Ed.D, OTR/L

OTD 741: Evidence - Based Practice
OTD 751: Applied Evidence - Based Practice
OTD 752: Education Theory & Technology
OTD 760: Leadership & Professionalism

Dr. Provident received her Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Aloysius College and Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican College in New York. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Duquesne University.   Dr. Provident’s occupational therapy experience includes previous academic positions as assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator as well as adjunct professor in the classroom and in online learning environments.  Her clinical background includes positions in hospital based, outpatient and home health adult physical rehabilitation settings. Dr. Provident has presented and published on topics of professional development, teaching and developing community partnerships, best practices in education and fieldwork, and Hand /UE normal movement.  She is active at the local, state and national levels of the profession with her most recent position as one of two Pennsylvania representatives on the Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Dr. Provident has been awarded several honors including the 2005 Academic Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Deans Award for Teaching Excellence, Creative Teaching Award and Teaching with Technology Awards from Duquesne University.