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Department of Occupational Therapy

Ryan Whitney

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Lecturer
O.T.D., OT, M.A.

Ryan Whitney

Ryan Whitney

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Lecturer
O.T.D., OT, M.A.

Collaborative Learning & Innovation Complex (CLIC)
574 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Biography: 

I am a practicing occupational therapist specializing in evaluation and intervention for individuals with complex medical needs and significant cognitive impairments. My clinical experience spans pediatric and physical dysfunction practice areas, including within medical model, private special education day school, adult day habilitation, and community based occupational therapy practice. As an occupational therapy supervisor, I have experience in occupational therapy management and interdisciplinary team management, as well as an interest in staff development and education.

Research Interests: 

My O.T.D. research focused on understanding the professional communication profile and needs of emerging occupational therapists, as compared to the perspective of occupational therapist managers, through the lens of generational theory. This research aimed to support managers and educators in meeting the communication needs of emerging occupational therapists to foster professional development.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • Irene Allard Clinical Educator Award, NEOTEC (2017)
Selected Publications and Presentations: 
  • Applying sensory processing strategies with children who do not fit the theory of sensory integration,┬áPediatric Complex Care Association, San Diego, CA (2015)
  • The interdisciplinary key: Embracing the whole child in the world of complex medical needs,┬áPediatric Complex Care Association, West Palm Beach, FL (2014)