Nancy Dooley

Program Director and Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2019

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About Nancy

Nancy Robert Dooley, Ph.D., OTR/L, CDP, has been an occupational therapist in Rhode Island for more than 25 years, working with people who have mental, physical and cognitive impairments that impact their ability to do the things they need to do and want to do every day.

Dooley spent 17 years teaching and developing programs in occupational therapy at New England Institute of Technology. She recently left Worcester State University to join the faculty of JWU’s new occupational therapy doctorate program.

As a leader within the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, she is part of an interdisciplinary group pursuing legislative efforts to improve access to non-pharmaceutical pain interventions for Rhode Islanders.


  • Ph.D., Occupational Therapy, New York University
  • M.A., Advanced Occupational Therapy, New York University
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac College

In my teaching, I love it when students get excited about the power of this profession. Occupational therapy has so much to offer society.

Scholarly Interests

Dooley’s research interests are assessment of functional cognition and maximizing quality of life for people with dementia and their family caregivers.


  • OTD8240: Occupational Therapy Practice I

Professional Affiliations

Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association



  • Concurrent Validity of the Tile Tray Assessment: Functional Cognition and Fine Motor Impairment in Older Adults N Dooley, B Keltz American Journal of Occupational Therapy 74 (4_Supplement_1), 7411500017p1 …
  • Cara and MacRae’s Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice edited by Anne MacRae, 2019, Thorofare, NJ: Slack, 264 pp., $89.95, Hardcover, ISBN 10 1-63091-477-0 … NR Dooley Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 36 (2), 204-205
  • Valuable occupational therapy fieldwork educator behaviors KJ Koski, RL Simon, NR Dooley Work 44 (3), 307-315
  • Improving quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers: Brief occupational therapy intervention NR Dooley, J Hinojosa American Journal of Occupational Therapy 58 (5), 561-569
  • Families and Occupations-Improving Quality of Life for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Their Family Caregivers: Brief Occupational Therapy Intervention NR Dooley, J Hinojosa American Journal of Occupational Therapy 58 (5), 561-569
  • Collaborative learning applied to fieldwork education ES Cohn, NR Dooley, LA Simmons Occupational Therapy in Health Care 15 (1-2), 69-83