Chatham University

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Student Profiles

Dr. Jeffrey Hatton '13

Dr. Jeffrey Hatton '13

The professional doctorate of occupational therapy program at Chatham University helped to define and further prepare me for leadership roles within my own institution. As a full-time faculty member and department chairperson of an exercise science and wellness program I am faced with many challenges, including distinguishing between good and bad information. The unique approach involving evidence-based practice and the threading of the concepts throughout the program proved invaluable. I am applying lessons and concepts realized in the program on a daily basis with pronounced success. The content offered in the program is nothing short of exceptional, but even the content cannot effectively measure up to the compassionate faculty and supportive learning environment fostered by all involved. I was immediately welcomed as a member of a new family and the bonds forged in this program are solid and meaningful. The diminutive size of the cohort allowed for deep discussion and interaction throughout the entire program. I would not hesitate in the least to recommend this program to any working professional in the field of occupational therapy. The short time frame is challenging but the professional and personal rewards are countless.


Dr. Lynne Huber '13

I had been in the field of occupational therapy for over half of my life when I began the doctoral program at Chatham. I graduated from Mount Aloysius as an OT Assistant and worked for a few years before becoming inspired to do more in the profession. I wanted to learn more, understand more, and do more than I could as an assistant. I returned to school at College Misericordia to obtain my BS in OT. In 2010 I received the Master Clinician of the year award from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. After being honored in such a way and feeling like there was more of an impact that I could make on a daily basis I decided to apply to Chatham’s bridge to the OTD program. It was a wonderful decision.

I am thankful for the educational experience, the leadership and support at Chatham. It has opened more doors for me than I would have thought possible just three short years ago. I have embraced evidenced-based practice, instituted a structured communication system in my clinic and have taken on leadership roles in the workplace and the state organization. I owe a lot of this to the wonderful faculty at Chatham and the experience of the doctoral adventure. This experience has helped me to have a greater engagement in all my occupations.


Dr. Tammy Bickmore '11

Chatham has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Once I decided to do the OTD and not the PhD, I am grateful that I met someone who so strongly recommended Chatham. She was a friend of a one that I really knew and yet her endorsement was overwhelmingly positive. It seemed like everything took me back to Chatham as an option. Continued positive reputation...and rightly so! The faculty and my fellow cohort members are amazing, talented practitioners and it has been a pleasure to work beside you all. I never thought that an online program would offer me the quality of education that Chatham has provided.


Dr. Ann Stuart '10

My MOT degree was 30 years old...I was excited to try some new directions, but lacked entrepreneurial skills, 21st century teaching competencies, and the computer skills required for effective evidential searches in support of best practice interventions. Chatham University’s online OTD program provided me the framework, timetable, resources, inspiration and collegial support necessary to further pursue my professional passions. Coursework was easily connected to practice, opened new access to current professional theory and evidence, and built logically toward completion of my capstone project. Chatham University is true to its mission of preparing students to excel and engage in their professions, to be globally conscious, and to be lifelong learners and citizen leaders!