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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

Lori Charney

Department Chair & Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-3330
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Dr. Charney has taught Introduction to OT, Conceptual Foundations, Geriatric Intervention, Contexts and Environments, Occupations in ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Program Development, Level I fieldwork, Doctoral Capstone Mentor and is a research chair in the weekday program.

Joseph Cipriani

Professor
Phone: 570-674-6412
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Dr. Cipriani teaches courses in Applied Functional Anatomy, Geriatric Intervention, elective courses in the OT department with a focus on working with the homeless and also international service learning, and supervises student research projects.

Jennifer Dessoye

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-6494
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Dr. Dessoye is teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses: Occupations I, Occupations II, Pediatric Intervention I, Introduction to OT, Pediatric Assessment, Management and Supervision, as well as Doctorate and Masters level research with a focus on pediatrics or leadership.

Dawn Evans

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-6415
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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.

Grace Fishe

Professor
Phone: 570-674-8015
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Dr. Fisher teaches Research Design, Impairments and Disabilities, and Board Exam Preparation in the entry level MS programs, and serves as a faculty advisor in the graduate research series. She also teaches Occupational Science and Advanced Research in the OTD program, and serves as a doctoral capstone advisor.

Cheryl Jayne

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-6740
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Dr. Jayne has taught a variety of classes including Evidence Based Practice, Research Design, Community Based Practice, Human Development through Occupations, and Impairments and Disabilities.

Ellen McLaughlin

Associate Professor
Phone: 570-674-6399
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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.

Shah Lalit

Professor
Phone: 570-674-6414
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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.

Orley Templeton

Assistant Professor
Phone: 570-674-8154
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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. 

Kathy

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 570-674-8180
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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.

Adjunct Faculty

Sheila Butcher

Adjunct Faculty

Sheila has served as instructor for the Intervention II course for the weekend, entry-level Master of OT program. In addition, she has also served as an instructor for blackboard courses for Level I and Level II fieldwork and currently assists with securing clinical placements for students to complete their fieldwork experiences.

Kangas

Adjunct Faculty

Karen teaches a course in the post professional pediatric certificate program called "Seating in Pediatric Practice."

Katherine Landsiedel

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Landsiedel is currently teaching OT 405 and 405L: Occupational Performance Analysis and has been an instructor for OT 592: Level 1 Fieldwork - Adults for the weekend program. She is also a research chair for the weekday program.

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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Piatak specializes in working with individuals with autism and feeding in a variety of settings including school, home, residential and outpatient settings.

Jennifer Rugletic Washko

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer has taught the introductory course (OT 103) at Misericordia University. She has also taught OT 330 Conceptual Foundations as well as HP 450 Pediatric Assessment.

Christopher Dunbar

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Dunbar offers clinical support as an instructor for Fieldwork BlackBoard courses for both level I and level II students.

Catherine Miller

Adjunct Faculty

Catherine began as an adjunct faculty member in 2010, facilitating the online Pediatric blackboard course. She has taught primarily in the weekend program, including Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Community Based Practice II, and the Occupations: Theories and Perspectives series. Catherine has also taught Sensory Integration and Introduction to Occupational Therapy in the traditional program.

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