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Drs. Douglas Simmons and Denise Finch

MCPHS Faculty Contribute to Leading Occupational Therapy Text

  • In the newly released 13th Edition of Willard and Spackman's “Occupational Therapy,” a textbook widely considered to be a leading resource in the field, MCPHS students will have access to coverage of critical concepts and practices penned by two familiar faces.

    In the updated text, Douglas Simmons, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, professor and director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program, and Denise Finch, OTD, assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, offer expert insight on two distinct subject matters within the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Simmons’s chapter discusses social participation for adults with neurological conditions, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury, while Dr. Finch offers perspective on preparing for and participating in a workplace role, including job analysis, functional capacity evaluation, job modification, workplace injuries, returning to work, and ergonomics.

    And the doctors' contributions do more than highlight their own expertise—they speak to the strength of MCPHS’s occupational therapy program.

    “It's a really exciting accomplishment,” says Dr. Simmons. “In just its third year, multiple faculty from our School of Occupational Therapy are credited in a leading occupational therapy text.”

    View the textbook here.