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Faculty & Staff

Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Jyothi Gupta is the chair of the occupational therapy (OT) department. Dr. Gupta has extensive experience in higher education, and nearly 20 years experience in OT education. She has held national elected positions at the American Occupational Therapy Association, most recently as the chair of the Commission on Education. She is also the elected chair of the Executive Board for the Society of Study of Occupation :USA.

Dr. Gupta’s scholarship explores contextual influences on occupational engagement and participation​. She collaborates with underrepresented groups to understand the challenges in their context to access and opportunities for experiencing occupational potential, well-being and social inclusion. As an educator she is committed to helping students realize their social responsibility in building communities with optimal living conditions that promote health development and enhanced well-being across the lifespan for all members of our society.

Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, B.C.P., Professor and Residential Entry-Level Program Director.

Dr. Diamant has been part of the occupational therapy program faculty at ATSU since 1998. She teaches courses related to pediatric practice for the residential OT program and for the online advanced masters in occupational therapy program. Prior to teaching, Dr. Diamant has been an occupational therapy practitioner for over 25 years with a work focus on children with disabilities and their families. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics as recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Diamant is pediatric NDT certified and has done research projects in the areas of sensory processing, autism, and movement disorders. She is the co-author of Positioning for Play: Interactive Activities to Enhance Movement and Sensory Exploration, an activity text for therapists working with young children and their families. Ms Diamant received her masters of science degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and her doctorate degree in health psychology/behavioral medicine through Northcentral University.

Bernadette Mineo, Ph.D., OTR/L, Professor and Online Program Director

Dr. Mineo has been an ATSU faculty member since 2005. She has extensive clinical experience in the area of pediatrics and developmental disabilities. She teaches in the area of professional development and the Capstone Project for the AMOT Program. Dr. Mineo received her PhD in Media Ecology from the Department of Culture and Communications from New York University School of Education. She received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Professional Program Directors Educational Council. Her research interests are in the area of teaching, on-line education, and positive psychology.

Emily Schulz, Ph.D., OTR/L, CFLE, Associate Professor

Dr. Schulz has been a full time ATSU faculty member since 2010. She has clinical experience in the areas of adult rehabilitation and geriatrics. She teaches primarily in the online AMOT Program. Dr. Schulz received her PhD in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University; and an additional PhD in family studies, also from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University-Boston School of Occupational Therapy, and a dual Bachelors of Arts degree in Music and Psychology from Wellesley College. Her research interests are in the areas of spirituality, religion, and health disparities.

Brandi L. Buchanan, OTD, OTR/L, Associate Professor

Dr. Brandi Buchanan joined the faculty in 2010. She practiced clinically for several years in the areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics and the NICU. She was instrumental in developing and/or expanding NICU therapy programs in hospitals in California and New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, and her Master’s and Clinical Doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. She is currently involved in courses related to professional development and ethics as well as human development and the basic sciences. Her clinical and research interests include policy/advocacy efforts, cultural competence, and serving minoritypopulations. Dr. Buchanan is the faculty liaison to the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).

Ingrid Van Duyne OTR/L, MRC, DHSc(c)

Ingrid joined the faculty of the occupational therapy program at ATSU in July, 2016. She teaches courses related to adult rehabilitation practice for the masters and the entry-level OT Doctorate programs. Prior to teaching, Ingrid had been an occupational therapy practitioner for more than 30 years with a focus to critical care and promoting IPE within hospital departments. She created two successful occupational therapy internship programs, and maintained the role of occupational therapy clinical educator for more than 20 years. This role involved instructing other therapists in how to become effective clinical instructors. Ingrid is Adult NDT certified. She is a board member of a nongovernment organization (NGO), and holds the title for director of education. This NGO has a focus to maternal and child health in developing countries. She is also a member of the International Self­ Directed Learning Association. Her research involves self-­directed learning with a focus on adults and higher education. Other individual research interests include: urinary incontinence, transgender issues, social justice, and a combination of the three. Ingrid has taken steps to create a community program to address adult urinary incontinence, transgender urogenital health, and public awareness of disparities. She received her bachelors of science degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University, a masters of rehabilitation counseling from Texas Tech University, and is completing her doctorate degree in health sciences with a concentration in global studies from A.T. Still University. Her degree will be conferred September 2016.

Mary Zewicki Greer, Ph.D., OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator

Dr. Greer has practiced as an occupational therapist and manager in mental health and pediatric settings. She received a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University. Dr. Greer had taught in an OTA program prior to joining ATSU where she teaches in both the residential andonline programs. She has served in various roles on the executive board for the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association and currently serves as the Alternate Representative to AOTA. Her research interests are in EBP and the use of technology in therapy.

Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L, Assistant Professor

Mary Voytek joined the ATSU faculty in 2009.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience in mental health, geriatrics, private practice, home health, and new program design and implementation.  She received a Bachelors in Science from the University of Kansas, a Masters in Counseling from Arizona State University, and a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University.  She is especially interested in cultural issues that impact the provision of services, interprofessional education, and helping older therapists sustain contemporary practice. 

Michelle A. Zacofsky, B.A., Administrative Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
mzacofsky@atsu.edu

Michelle joined the Occupational Therapy Department in 2013. Michelle brings over 30 years of professional project coordination and management experience as well as executive-level administrative support expertise to the Department. She is responsible for the administrative functions related to the Advanced Masters of Occupational Therapy program (on-line), Departmental processes and projects, and support of the Department Chair.

Erlinda Cisneros-Johnson Administrative Assistant, Occupational Therapy
ecisnerosjohnson@atsu.edu

Erlinda joined to the Occupational Therapy Department in 2011. Erlinda brings over 20 years of service skills to the Occupational Therapy Department. Erlinda assists the program manager to ensure that all administrative responsibilities are completed for the entry level Masters of Occupational Therapy Program.