Grace Sheldon Fisher, Ed.D., OTR/L, is Professor and Chair of the Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Department. Dr. Fisher holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from Temple University ('97), a master of science degree in human services administration from Misericordia University ('87), a post-baccalaureate certificate of proficiency in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania ('79), and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wilkes College ('74).
Dr. Fisher's professional experience includes adult and geriatric physical disabilities practice and occupational therapy management. She previously held positions as an occupational therapist at White Haven Center in ('80-'81), and as Manager of Occupational Therapy at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center ('81-'95). She also taught Occupational Therapy at Gannon University in Erie PA ('00-'03).
Dr. Fisher has been associated with Misericordia University since 1990, when she began teaching as an adjunct instructor. She assumed a full time teaching position at Misericordia in 1995. Dr. Fisher currently teaches OT 320 Impairments and Disabilities, OT 520 Research Design, OT 690/695 Research Project I and II, and OT 699 Board Exam Preparation.
Dr. Fisher is certified in neurodevelopmental therapy for the person with adult hemiplegia. She has conducted collaborative research with graduate occupational therapy students in areas which include environmental safety for older persons, the role of occupation in the lives of individuals with chronic pain, and the provision of occupational therapy to individuals who have severe and persistent mental illness. She has a special research interest in the development of health and occupational therapy assessment instruments. Most recently she and her students conducted research on the effectiveness of group-based OT intervention to improve happiness and socialization in older adults residing in independent and assisted living communities. She also recently completed a 5 week sabbatical experience at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Fisher enjoys exercise and commits to walking as much as possible. She also likes to swim and bicycle, and to cross-country ski in the winter. Dr. Fisher takes pleasure in nature and the outdoor world. She enjoys reading and going to the movies. She is fond of all kinds of music, including rock and roll, Celtic music, and Broadway show tunes.
The MU Occupational Therapy faculty are, according to Dr. Fisher, a great group of individuals to work with. She says they are a close colleagues who are all deeply committed to their students and the provision of quality occupational therapy education. She is also very proud of all past and present occupational therapy students. She states that the OT program attracts highly committed and intelligent students who are also friendly and compassionate.