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Occupational Therapy: Master's and Doctorate

OTD Program Core Faculty

Lacee Andrews, OTD, OTR/L, CNS, AIB-VRC

Director of Clinical Education

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator


Phone: 480-245-6255


Briana Bonner, OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Phone: 623-251-4717


Sue Dahl-Popolizio, DBH, OTR/L

Director of Research

Associate Professor




Rachel B. Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, BCP

Emeritus Professor and consultant



Brandi Fulwider, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor 

Phone: 480-265-8061



Meryl "Abbey" Glenn, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS

Doctoral Capstone Coordinator

Assistant Professor



Katie Jones, EdD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Director of Progression and Retention

Assistant Professor

Phone:  480-265-8023


Jennifer Radziak, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Program Director

Assistant Professor

Phone:  480-265-8025



Adam Story, PT, DPT, OTR/L, OTD, MTC

Assistant Professor

Phone:  480-219-6047


Tania Shearon, DHSc, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, C-IAYT

Director of Curriculum

Assistant Professor

Phone: 480-219-6018


Rebecca Wolf, JD, MPH, OTR/L


Associate Professor

Phone: 480-625-8052


OTD Doctoral Capstone Handbook

All information regarding the OTD Doctoral Capstone can be found in the Doctoral Capstone Handbook below.

Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Manual

OT Department Advising Process

Upon entry to the Occupational Therapy Program, each student is assigned an academic advisor. The role of your academic advisor is to support and monitor your professional development as you progress through the program. Your advisor is available to assist you in meeting the challenges of graduate school, to give you feedback regarding your overall academic progress, and to facilitate your development of professional behaviors and goals. You are encouraged to assume an active role in the advisement relationship and to schedule advisement meetings when you may need assistance, advice, or information. 

It is the intent of the Occupational Therapy program to help students develop and nurture professional behaviors. Therefore students meet with their advisors at a minimum of once near the beginning of the Fall semester to develop goals for the academic year and once in the Spring semester to review progress towards meeting the set goals. Students are encouraged to seek out their advisor as necessary for guidance throughout the academic year. 

At the beginning of Fall Semester, it is expected that students will conduct a self-assessment using the Professional Development Self-Assessment Form at the beginning of each academic year with their advisor. The advisor shall use the Professional Development Self-Assessment Form to help advise the student on how to meet their learning and development needs. The form shall also be reviewed in the Spring semester to review how the student is progressing towards their professional development goals for the year.

The Professional Behaviors for the 21st Century document below will aid you in filling out the Professional Development Self-Assessment form.

 If a student fails to develop and demonstrate expected professional behaviors while in the program, it is the responsibility of the faculty to identify those deficiencies with the student early and to develop a plan of action for correction or improvement.  The student has the responsibility to implement their agreed upon plans and to be an active participant in their professional behavior competency.  Consistent demonstration of inadequate professional behavior may result in dismissal from the program.

The Professional Behavior Evaluation Form is used to provide all students with formal feedback related to professional behaviors.  When behaviors are observed that fall into the “borderline” category, corrective feedback shall occur close to the timing of the observation.  Please find a copy of the form here:

Based upon the instructor’s discretion, documentation of the student’s “borderline” behavior can utilize a more formal procedure if necessary. When a student demonstrates an “unsatisfactory” rating in any behavior in class related activities or while involved in fieldwork that has not improved with informal feedback, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to schedule a meeting with the student to clarify expectations and have the student develop an action plan to improve performance. The faculty member shall review and record notes from the meeting and the action plan on the Professional Behavior Evaluation form.

The original Professional Behavior Evaluation form will go into the student’s academic file at the level of the program. Copies of the form should be made for the student, the faculty member who is giving the feedback and for the student’s advisor. The student and the faculty member should schedule a follow-up meeting to review action plan (within 30 days where feasible).

At the follow-up meeting it should be identified if the action plan is completed or needs to be updated. The faculty member will use the same Professional Behavior Evaluation Form to update the plan or indicate successful remediation.  The faculty member should also update the student’s advisor of the status of the plan until it reaches completion.

If student does not agree with the rating given by the faculty member, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to request assistance from the Director of Progression and Rentention of the program to ensure a fair process.

An occurrence of two or more “unsatisfactory” ratings during involvement in OT program activities may result in dismissal from the program, subject to the discretion of the OT program leadership. 

Documentation shall be maintained in the student files including copies of the Professional Development Assessment Form, and any Professional Behavior Evaluation Forms that have been provided to the student during their time in the professional program by the academic advisor. 

Advisor Lists

PAL Tutoring

OTD Calendars and Schedules

OTD 2024 Cohort

Program start date: July 12, 2021| Program end date: June 7, 2024

OTD, Class of 2024 Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1, 2021-22 07/12/21 - 12/03/21 01/03/22 - 06/03/22
Year 2, 2022-23 07/18/22 - 12/09/22 01/09/23 - 06/09/23
Year 3, 2023-24 07/17/23 - 12/08/23 01/08/24 - 06/07/24

*Year 2, 2022-23 Fall block II ends on 12/9/22. The week of Dec 12th could be utilized for the Fieldwork Level I or exam/practical remediation(s).

*Fieldwork dates below are subject to change

Fieldwork Level II A: 03/20/23 - 06/09/23

Fieldwork Level II B: 09/18/23 - 12/08/23

Capstone: 01/08/24 - 04/12/24

OTD 2025 Cohort

Program Start Date: July 18, 2022 | Program End Date: June 6, 2025

OTD, Class of 2025 Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1, 2022-23 07/18/22 - 12/09/22 01/09/23 - 06/09/23
Year 2, 2023-24 07/17/23 - 12/08/23 01/08/24 - 06/07/24
Year 3, 2024-25 07/15/24 - 12/13/24 01/06/25 - 06/06/25

*Fieldwork dates below are subject to change

Fieldwork Level I A: 1/13/23 (Training 8:00 am - 5:00 pm), 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10 (times for the remaining 8 days will be provided by Matter of Balance)

Fieldwork Level I B: 03/27/23 - 05/08/23

Orientation- April 03, 2023 9:30 am-11:00 in Owl

Fieldwork Level I C: 06/05/23 - 06/09/23 

MDA Informational- Wednesday, March 8th at 11am via Zoom. 

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Fieldwork Level II A: 03/18/24 - 06/07/24

Fieldwork Level II B: 09/23/24 - 12/13/24

Capstone: 01/06/25 - 04/11/25

OTD 2026 Cohort

Program start date: July 17, 2023| Program end date: June 5, 2026

OTD, Class of 2024 Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1, 2023-24 07/17/23 - 12/08/23 01/08/24 - 05/31/24
Year 2, 2024-25 07/15/24 - 12/13/24 01/06/25 - 06/06/25
Year 3, 2025-26 07/14/25 - 12/12/25 01/05/26 - 06/05/26

*Fieldwork dates below are subject to change

Fieldwork Level I A:  01/08/2024 to 03/15/2024 

Fieldwork Level I B: 03/25/2024 to 06/07/2024

Fieldwork Level I C: 03/25/2024 to 06/07/2024

Fieldwork Level II A: 03/17/25 - 06/06/25

Fieldwork Level II B: 09/22/25 - 12/12/25

Capstone: 01/05/26 - 04/10/26

Academic Calendar 2023-2024

ATSU Academic Calendar can also be found here:

Please note the following scheduled semester dates:

Fall Term 2023: 7/17/23 - 12/89/23

Spring Term 2024: 1/8/24 - 5/31/24

Every year all students in the OT program can expect the following holidays when no classes will be scheduled: 

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Juneteenth 
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day 
  • Thanksgiving Day and day after

There will also be a Fall Break, a Winter Break and a Spring Break scheduled during the OT academic calendar. 

Please note: Students may be assigned to complete a Level II fieldwork during these breaks.

Spring Break 2024: 3/18/24 - 3/22/24

Fall Break 2024: 9/23/24 - 9/27/24

Lab Group Assignments





First-Year: OTD 2026 Cohort

Academic Year 2023-2024

Fall 2023 Schedules


Second-Year: OTD 2025 cohort

Academic Year 2023-2024

Fall 2023 Schedule 


Third-Year:  OTD 2024 cohort

Academic Year 2023-2024

Fall 2023 Schedules

Textbook Information

Below is the current OTD program book list.  Please note that program book lists are subject to revision as new editions are released or when changes are made to courses.  If the list is revised the changes will be given to you a minimum of two months before the course begins. Books for each course are required unless it is specifically noted that the book is only recommended. The books will also appear on respective course syllabi.