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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.

Read More about Dawn M. Evans, OTD, OTR/L
Ellen McLaughlin

Associate Professor
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.

Read More about Ellen McLaughlin, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
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. Shaw is currently teaching classes covering topics like Sensory Integration, NICU, Pediatric splinting etc.

Read More about Lalit J. Shah, Ed.D., OTR/L
Orley Templeton

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-8154

Dr. Templeton is currently teaching or has taught the following undergraduate and graduate level courses: Applied Functional Anatomy, Applied Neuroscience, Impairments and Disabilities Influencing Occupational Performance, Occupational Performance Analysis, Pediatric Assessment, Occupational Science, Human Development through Occupation II, and Occupations for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, Dr. Templeton serves as an instructor for Level I Fieldwork experiences. 

Read More about Orley A. Templeton, OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 570-674-8180

Kathleen enjoyed serving as adjunct OT faculty for Misericordia University where instructed Clinical Skills, Environmental Dimensions, and Intervention II courses in the weekend OT entry level MS program. Kathleen also enjoys serving as a faculty research committee chair for students in the Research Project I and II courses of the Weekday Entry Level Master’s Program.

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Adjunct Faculty

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Mahler is currently teaching OT 695 Research Project II in the Occupational Therapy Program.

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.

Read More about Jennifer Rugletic Washko, OTD, OTR/L
Noelle Welch, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Faculty

Noelle teaches Vision Rehabilitation (OT 645) at Misericordia University.