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Faculty & Staff

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.

Rachel Diamant, PhD, OTR/L, B.C.P., Professor and Acting Chair

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.

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, Assistant 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).

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. 

Melissa Clark MS, OTR/L, CES, CHT, Assistant Professor

Melissa has been an occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist for over 20 years.  Ms. Clark received a degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University in Pennsylvania. Her clinical experiences cover a broad spectrum including outpatient hand therapy, acute and outpatient burns, acute trauma, neuro rehab and work hardening.  Ms. Clark owns a continuing education business and lectures nationally on splinting and other hand related topics.  She has served several positions on the executive board for the Arizona State Occupational Therapy Association and currently serves as Treasurer. Her teaching and research interests include physical disabilities, kinesiology and wellness promotion.

Amy Lyons-Kennedy, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor

Amy Lyons-Kennedy joined the ATSU faculty in 2011.  She has 12 years of clinical experience working with adults and geriatrics in a variety of physical disabilities settings, specializing in the area of neurological rehabilitation.  She teaches in the area of adult physical disabilities with an emphasis on the neurological population. She received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with studies in the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  Her research and clinical interests include current advances in assessment, intervention, and technology for adults with physical disabilities, and vision and vestibular rehabilitation for the neurological population.

Michelle A. Zacofsky, B.A., Administrative Coordinator, Occupational Therapy

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

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.