Rebecca Simon

Associate Professor + Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

JWU Faculty Since 2017

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About Rebecca

Rebecca Simon, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, 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 M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and an Ed.D. from 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 former American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Education Subsection fieldwork coordinator and currently the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association Communications Chair, and New England Occupational Therapy Educational Council co-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 a part of who I am,” 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.”


  • Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University
  • M.Sc., Occupational Therapy, Tufts University
  • B.A., Health Care Administration, Stonehill College

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


  • OTD8370: Occupational Therapy Practice IV


  • Simon R.L. (in preparation) Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities on Site, in Book I: Fieldwork Educator’s Guide to Level I Fieldwork, D. Hanson and E. Deluliis (Eds.). Slack Inc.
  • Simon R.L., Bahle-Lampe, A.M & Domina, A.K. (in preparation) Managing the Fieldwork Needs of Students with Disabilities, in Book II: Fieldwork Educator’s Guide to Level II Fieldwork, D. Hanson and E. Deluliis (Eds.). Slack Inc.
  • Simon, R.L. (2020) Administration of Evaluation and Assessments, in Hinojosa and Kramer’s Evaluation in Occupational Therapy 5th Ed., Kramer & Grampurohit (Ed.), AOTA Press
  • Simon, Rebecca L. "Using a Faculty Community of Practice to Support College Students with Mental Health Needs." Order No. 13884593 Northeastern University, 2019. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 8 July 2019.
  • Simon, R. L., Krug, G., & Grajo, L. (2019). Developing a Mentorship Program for New Educators and Academic Fieldwork Coordinators Using a Community Approach. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections: A Supplement to OT Practice, 4(2), 11-13.
  • Simon, R.L. (2014). Developmental Assessments and Educational Assessments, in Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools: An Annotated Index 4rd Ed., I. E. Asher (Ed.), AOTA Press

Honors And Awards

  • 2019 Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association