Societal need is shifting from a focus on individual and group-level care to community-focused programs. Market demands will rely upon doctoral-educated practicing OTs to address this shift.”

Ann Burkhardt, a native Rhode Islander, earned her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at New York University in New York City, and a post-professional clinical doctorate (OTD) at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Upon completing her entry-level occupational therapy degree, Burkhardt began a clinical career in New York City that spanned three decades, starting with a Columbia University affiliate position at Harlem Hospital Center, where she gained experience as a hospital generalist.

Burkhardt then worked as a burn specialist at the Burn Center at NYPH-Weill Cornell. An opportunity came to lead the occupational therapy clinical program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After a time, she moved to NYPH-Columbia, where she rose to the position of director of occupational therapy in the medical center and joined the faculty of Columbia as an associate clinical instructor. Her most recent clinical appointment was at two nursing facilities in the east bay of Rhode Island working in sub-acute and longterm care.

Burkhardt’s academic experiences include faculty appointments at Columbia University programs in occupational therapy (associate clinical instructor), Long Island University-Brooklyn (associate professor and division director), Quinnipiac University (associate professor and post-professional program director), Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York (clinical associate), York College, CUNY (adjunct professor), and Temple University (adjunct faculty). Prior to joining the faculty at JWU, she served as professor, chair and program director of the developing Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa).

On a national level, Burkhardt served as a director on the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is a fellow and has received a Recognition of Achievement Award for her leadership in the area of oncology rehabilitation. (In addition, she has held numerous committee roles for the association.) She served as president of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. From 2000–05, she was a co-primary investigator on a National Institutes of Aging grant-funded cohort study on the topic of sources of independence in the elderly. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and co-authored several textbooks.