Department of Occupational Therapy

Faculty


Snyder
Larry Snyder, Ph.D., OTR/L -
Department Chair, Associate Professor
email:  lsnyder@tnstate.edu

Education:
-B. S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of WI-Madison, WI
-M. S. in Administrative Medicine from the University of WI-Madison, WI
-Ph.D., in Health Care Administration from Northcentral University - Prescott, AZ


Courses:

-Administration & Leadership     -Research     -Anatomy     -Biomechanics     -Physical Dysfunction



Research Interests:

-Perception of Quality in Health care    
-Cost of Health Care in the U.S.    
-Cumulative Trauma Injuries in the workplace

Experience:
-Over 25 years experience in a variety of clinical and community setting


Debra Debra Smart, M.A., M.S., OTR/L - Assistant Professor 
email - dsmart@tnstate.edu 

Education:
-B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN
-MS. in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky - Richmond, Ky
-M.A. in Student in Counseling - Trevecca Nazarene University - Nashville, TN
-Aspirations to pursue doctorate in Counseling Psychology

 Courses:
-Foundations in OT    -Psychosocial Dysfunction     -Physical Dysfunction

Research Interests:
-Community Mental Health relative to pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations

Experience:
-6 years clinical experience

                                              
  Casey  Cathleen St. Dennis, OTD, OTR/L- Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
    emailcstdenni@tnstate.edu    

    Education:
     -
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, California State University , Dominguez Hills, CA     
     - OTD. in Occupational Therapy,  Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT   

   Courses:
 
     - Fieldwork Seminar, Pediatrics Practicum, Physical Dysfunction I and II Practica, Level II Fieldwork
       Experience I and II            


   Research Interests:
  
  - 
Occupational deprivation, emerging practice areas, OT for populations, OT and health promotion, pet ownership as an occupation
 
Experience:
   •14 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and adult rehabilitation
  

 
watt
Christine Watt, MS, OTR/L
– Assistant Professor
email: cwatt@tnstate.edu 

Education:
- A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market
- B.S. in Healthcare Management, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- B.S. in Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana
- M.S. in Rehabilitation Counselor Training, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

 
Courses:
-Evidence Based Practice   -Physical Dysfunction  -Research  -Occupational Analysis  -Modalities

Research Interests:
Working with injured workers
Helping elderly persons age in place

Experience:
12 years of clinical experience as a COTA and OTR
Interdisciplinary

Dr. Troxtel

Rita Troxtel, OTD, OTR/L Assistant Professor
email: rtroxtel@tnstate.edu   

Education: 
  - B.S. in Business Administration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  - B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Medical College of GA, Augusta, GA 
  - M.S. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology, UT Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  - OTD in Occupational Therapy, Rocky Mountain University, Provo, UT 





Courses
:
   Pediatrics - School Based OT - Modalities in OT - Occupational Analysis

Research Interests:
    - Behavioral interventions for children with autism & related developmental disorders
    - Technology based interventions for adolescents

Experience:   14 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings  

 
Dr. Bennett

Guinevere Bennett, DC - Assistant Professor
email: gbennett@tnstate.edu 

Education:
   - B.S. in Biology, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, GA 
   - D.C in Chiropractic, Life University, Marietta, GA





Courses
:
    Anatomy, Neurobiology, Biomechanics

Research Interests:
    - Improving patient outcomes with inclusion of Chiropractic in multi-discipline rehabilitation
    - Cognitive and neurologic changes with vertigo using myofascial therapy 

Experience: 4 years Chiropractic Medicine 

Elisha Elisha Holt, Assistant Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
email: eholt@tnstate.edu

Education: BS - Interdisciplinary Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Maya       
     Maya Outlaw, Administrative Assistant
    
email: moutlaw@tnstate.edu

 

 


 






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