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Misericordia University's Occupational therapy faculty and staff are seasoned professionals who also have a passion for educating future occupational therapy professionals. You will get to know each faculty member on a personal level through your classwork, fieldwork, and research opportunities.

Full-Time Faculty

Dawn Evans

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-6415

Occupational therapy courses Dr. Evans currently teaches include: OT 103 Introduction to Occupational Therapy weekend program, OT 220 Human Development I weekday program, OT 221 Human Development II weekday and weekend programs, OT 511 Adult Intervention lecture and lab weekday and weekend programs, OT 570 OT Management and Supervision weekday program and OT 690/695 Research Project I and II weekday program.

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Susan Krutis Headshot

Assistant Professor
Phone: 443-340-2312

Dr. Krutis primarily teaches in traditional weekday MS/OTD and non-traditional weekend MS programs.  She has taught a variety of courses including OS 303 Occupational Development through the Lifespan, OS 407 Clinical Reasoning & Conditions, OT 536 Level I Fieldwork in Mental Health, OS 433 Evidence-Based Practice, OS 308 Psychosocial, Behavioral, and Interpersonal Processes across the Lifespan, and OTD 650 Capstone.

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Ellen McLaughlin

Phone: 570-674-6399

Dr. McLaughlin's primary teaching responsibilities are within both the undergraduate and graduate courses pertaining to pediatric intervention and occupational therapy theory. Other responsibilities include supervising student research projects and advising freshman students. Dr. McLaughlin is coordinator of the research series in Occupational Therapy.

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Shah Lalit

Phone: 570-674-6414

Following is the listing of classes taught in the past: OT 313/713 (Neuroscience Lecture/Lab), OT 312/712 (Functional Anatomy), OT 335 (Environmental Dimensions of Human Performance), OT 422/522/722 (Intervention I Lecture/Seminar /Lab), OT 423/523/723 (Intervention II Lecture/Seminar/Lab), etc.  

Dr. Shah is currently teaching classes covering topics like Research Methods, Environment and Context, Clinical Reasoning and Level I Experience, Evidence Based Practice etc.

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Orley Templeton

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-8154

Dr. Templeton currently teaches the following undergraduate and graduate level courses: Pediatric Occupational Performance Intervention, Occupations for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Master’s Research Application, Conceptual Foundations, and Curriculum Development and Instructional Strategies. In addition, Dr. Templeton serves as an instructor for Level I Fieldwork experiences and a mentor for capstone students.

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Kathy Hughes Butcher

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 570-674-8180

Kathleen enjoys mentoring students throughout the fieldwork program during OS 310: Pre-Fieldwork & Cultural Competence in the Weekend Format, OS 461: Level I Experience I: Clinical Reasoning, and OT 536 Level I Experience II. Dr. Hughes-Butcher enjoys supporting our students throughout OT 537: Level II Fieldwork I and OT 542: Level II Fieldwork II.

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Dr. Jennifer Washko Interview

Check out this video with Dr. Jennifer Washko to learn more about what makes our OT Faculty exceptional.

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Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Rugletic Washko

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Washko's teaching experience and coursework repertoire includes Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Conceptual Foundations in Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Assessment, Human Occupation across the Lifespan, co-teaching, as a clinical specialist in the Occupational Therapy School-based Practice course, and Issues & Trends in Occupational Therapy.

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Amanda Salak MS, OTR/L

Fieldwork Specialist and Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 570-674-6481