Rebecca L. Simon

Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator,  College of Health & Wellness

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Occupational therapy is part of who I am in daily life. I look at a problem and think, ‘If I can’t fix it, how can I work around it?’”

Assistant Professor Rebecca Simon is an occupational therapist with more than two decades of experience in pediatrics. She received a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College, an MS in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and is currently enrolled in the EdD program at Northeastern University.

For a decade, Simon was the fieldwork coordinator for Rhode Island’s first occupational therapy master’s degree program. As a former professor in JWU’s Physician Assistant program, Simon’s interprofessional depth is an asset to the development of the state’s first occupational therapy doctorate.

Simon has been published in scholarly journals and presented at state and national conferences, primarily in the areas of fieldwork and sensory integration. She is the American Occupational Therapy Association’s education subsection fieldwork coordinator and the fieldwork challenges committee chair. These national positions allow her to interact with faculty from colleges and universities across the country, supporting creative educational opportunities, clinical experiences and mentorship.

Her clinical practice has focused on pediatrics with a specialty in sensory integration. She offers private occupational therapy consultation and services to families with children who have special needs.

“Occupational therapy is part of who I am in daily life,” says Simon. “I look at a problem and think, ‘If I can’t fix it, how can I work around it?’ We compensate when we can’t remediate. This profession allows for so much creativity: We look at individual needs and identify how to adapt in order to help people meet their goals.”