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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Occupational
Therapy
574 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155
Ryan Whitney
MS, OT, Part-time Lecturer

Education:
MS, Tufts University (Occupational Therapy)
MA, Tufts University (Child Development)
BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biology)

Expertise:
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 current OTD research focuses 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 aims to support managers and educators in meeting the communication needs of emerging occupational therapists to foster professional development.

Awards:

  • Irene Allard Clinical Educator Award, NEOTEC (2017)

Selected Presentations:

  • Pediatric Complex Care Association, San Diego, CA (2015)
    Applying sensory processing strategies with children who do not fit the theory of sensory integration
  • Pediatric Complex Care Association, West Palm Beach, FL (2014)
    The interdisciplinary key: Embracing the whole child in the world of complex medical needs