Tania Rosa

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2021

Tania Rosa

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Tania Rosa, OTD, OTR/L has over seventeen years of clinical practice experience as an occupational therapist with a focus on pediatrics and family-centered practice. Her wide range of clinical experience includes working as part of a multi-disciplinary outpatient and early intervention clinical team, as well as, working in both private and public schools, and private practice. Rosa’s clinical practice has focused on the utilization of sensory integrative, developmental, and trauma-informed practices to support the occupational engagement of children and adolescents.

Rosa has also served as an onsite clinical fieldwork educator for over ten years, supporting occupational therapy students to grow in their clinical practice. Working with and educating future occupational therapy practitioners has become a true passion of hers.

Rosa received her post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2021, where her capstone research focused on the role of school-based occupational therapy practitioners in the use of trauma-informed practice.


  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Quinnipiac University
  • MS Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University
  • BS Psychology, Sacred Heart University

Teaching Interests

Rosa has strong teaching interests in her primary area of pediatric practice, as well as focusing on program development across the lifespan to support the occupational engagement of all clients. Within these, she focuses on social determinants of health, holistic therapeutic intervention, and meaningful engagement of clients within her teaching.

Scholarly Interests

Rosa’s practice and scholarly interests include the use of trauma-informed practices within pediatrics, collaborative teacher-therapist relationships to support student success, sensory integration practice, and furthering the leadership role of occupational therapists within educational systems.


  • OTD8370: Occupational Therapy Practice IV
  • OTD8210: Management and Entrepreneurship
  • OTD7130: Assessment and Theory Across the Lifespan
  • OTD7030: Human Occupations Across the Lifespan

Extra Curricular Roles

Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association's School-Based Mental Health Community of Practice
Board Member of Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association


Professional Affiliations

American Occupational Therapy Association
Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association



  • Engaging All Learners: Assistive Technology Supports for Struggling Readers and Writers, Rhode Island Department of Education Technology Conference, Providence, RI, October 2015
  • Empowering All Learners: Assistive Technology in the Blended Learning Classroom, Rhode Island Department of Education Technology Conference, Providence, RI, October 2014
  • Harnessing the iPad to Engage and Empower All Learners, Therapies in School Conference, Framingham, MA, November 2013
  • Importance of Movement in Learning, Highlander-Dunn Institute Learning Differences Conference, Providence, RI, October 2010
  • Examining the Current Role of Occupational Therapists in Trauma-Informed Care within School-Based Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2022, San Antonio, TX, April 2022

Honors And Awards

  • Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award (2016), awarded by New England Occupational Therapy Education Council (NEOTEC)