Amy Wagenfeld

Associate Professor + Capstone Coordinator,  College of Health & Wellness

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I believe that one of the most compelling and meaningful occupations is that of connecting with nature. When we fully experience all that nature offers, we are at our very best.”

Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist, educator, researcher, author, and therapeutic design consultant. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and holds specialty certification in environmental modifications through the AOTA, as well as certification in Healthcare Garden Design through the Chicago Botanical Garden.

With 30+ years of experience as an occupational therapist, her work focuses on design, programming, and evaluation of environments that support physical and emotional rehabilitation and learning in healthcare, community, senior living, military, correctional, children’s and educational settings.

Wagenfeld presents and publishes widely in peer-reviewed and popular press publications on topics relating to collaboration with designers and access to nature. Design projects include:

  • collaboration with landscape architects on memory care and assisted living gardens
  • evidence-based design guidelines for site design for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Naval Military Center VA
  • a sensory garden for individuals with autism
  • a serenity garden at a Florida state park
  • a garden for children in the foster care system

Wagenfeld has served on the design team for 3 American Society of Landscape Architecture award-winning therapeutic gardens. She is the recipient of a silver medal from the International Association of Universal Design, and two New York state design awards. With Daniel Winterbottom, she co-authored the award-winning book, “Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces” (Timber Press, 2015). She thoroughly enjoys gardening and just being in nature with her family.