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Douglas Simmons director of the MCPHS Occupational Therapy program.

Faculty Spotlight: Douglas Simmons, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • At Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), we are proud to prepare students for meaningful careers in the fast growing health sciences industry.

    We sat down with Douglas Simmons PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, who is the director of the Occupational Therapy program and a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, to gain some insight into the OT field.

    In your eyes, what makes our OT program unique?

    Our focus on mental health. Students receive an educational experience that allows them to practice as a generalist in all areas of practice, but because of the program location and faculty expertise, students graduate with many community experiences focused on psychosocial and mental health occupational therapy related to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.

    Tell us a little about the field of Occupational Therapy.

    Occupational therapy is focused towards meeting client needs where it matters: home, work, and community. These type of interventions generate high client motivation and outcomes resulting in a rewarding and meaningful career.

    Our program prepares student for contemporary occupational therapy practice that is focused on client-centeredness, evidence-based intervention, using reliable outcome measures with a focus on community health and participation.

    Tell us about the faculty who make up our Occupational Therapy program.

    Our Occupational Therapy faculty have many years of experience in the clinical as well as academic arena of the profession. They are nationally recognized for their contributions to the field, including multiple national and international presentations, authored book chapters in the field’s most recognized text, members of national health committees, with appointments as Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association. All of our faculty have had rewarding clinical careers in many of the healthcare and community health facilities located in the Manchester and greater New England area.

    This fall, we cut the ribbon on our newly designed Occupational Therapy facilities on our vibrant Manchester, NH campus. Tell us a little about the space.

    Students in our program learn the skills of occupational therapy in labs that reflect community clinical environments, from the sensory processing pediatric laboratory, adult functional living laboratory, to the trunk and upper extremity laboratory. When our students enter practice, they will be immersed in a typical practice setting, due to the unique design of our occupational therapy department. Students will gain knowledge and know-how of state-of-the-art equipment, which will set them apart in today’s science-driven, evidence-based healthcare environment.

    Interested in a future in OT? Our School of Occupational Therapy prepares students for meaningful careers. Earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy on our Manchester campus in just two years of full-time study.