Faculty & Staff

Departmental Listing

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

-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


-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

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


Debra Smart Debra Smart, MA, MS, OTR/L, LPC/MHSP, NCC  - Assistant Professor
email - dsmart@tnstate.edu  

-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

-Foundations in OT    -Psychosocial Dysfunction     -Physical Dysfunction

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

-6 years clinical experience


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

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

     - 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

•14 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and adult rehabilitation



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

- 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

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

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

12 years of clinical experience as a COTA and OTR


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

  - 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 

   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  

   - 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



 Scott St. Dennis Administrative Assistant
 email: lstdenni@tnstate.edu





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