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.

Heidi Baist, OTD, MEd, OTR/L

OTD 741 Evidence-Based Practice
OTD 751 Applied Evidence-Based Practice
OTD 761 Proposal Development
OTD 772 Capstone Implementation and Evaluation

Dr. Baist received her Associate in Applied Science Degree (Occupational Therapy Assistant) from Herkimer County Community College, Bachelor of Science Degree (Occupational Therapy) from Dominican College of Blauvelt, Master of Education Degree (Exceptional Children & Severe Disabilities) from University of Delaware and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Dr. Baist currently works as an Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education and teaches pediatric-based courses in Wilmington Delaware. She has worked in a variety of pediatric-based settings including: NICU, early intervention, school-based, and out-patient. Dr. Baist has presented on Globally Connected Workforce (AOTA), Leadership and Student Success utilizing Learning Styles & Strategies.

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.

Nancy Krusen, PhD, OTR/L

OTD 766 Methods of Evaluation

Dr. Krusen is an associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University in Oregon. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman's University in 1982 and 2001, respectively. Krusen received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. Her research interests include teaching and learning, qualitative methods of research, and the constructs of the Occupational Adaptation theoretical frame of reference. She has received university grants for education and distance technology, community outreach, and international education. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and has a book chapter addressing aging and disability. In addition to teaching online courses for Chatham University, she currently teaches the following courses for Pacific University: Practitioner as Educator; Leadership, Advocacy, and Ethics; Adults with Physical Challenges; and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Aging Research. Dr. Krusen lives primarily in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking, reading, snowshoeing, music performance, reverse carpentry, and cooking for an irregular parade of younglings.

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. 

Kathleen D. Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L

OTD 740 Occupational Science
OTD 751 Applied Evidence-Based Practice
OTD 760 Leadership and Professionalism
OTD 761 Proposal Development

Dr. Weissberg received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Occupational Therapy from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including skilled nursing, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation. Her primary areas of interest include dementia management, evidence-based falls interventions for seniors, aquatic therapy, and treatment of urinary incontinence. Dr. Weissberg has presented nationally on topics of dementia, palliative care, addressing reimbursement challenges, and Medicare documentation and billing. In addition to adjunct teaching at Chatham, she acts as Education Director with Select Rehabilitation, Inc. where she oversees continued competency and provides online clinical education for over 6000 full-time therapists.