Rebecca Simon

Associate Dean + Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2017

Associate Professor Rebecca Simon, M.S., Ed.D.,  OTR/L, FAOTA

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Rebecca Simon, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist with more than two decades of experience in pediatrics and in academia. 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 with an emphasis on higher education administration.
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 and current coordinator of interprofessional experiences for the OTD program, Simon’s interprofessional depth is an asset to the state’s first occupational therapy doctorate program.
Simon has been published in scholarly journals, and multiple textbooks, and has presented at both state and national conferences, primarily in the areas of fieldwork and pediatrics. In addition to multiple volunteer experiences, she is the co-chair of the New England Occupational Therapy Education Council (NEOTEC) and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Commission of Education Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Chair. Simon is also the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association Communications Chair. These local, regional and national positions allow her to interact with multiple practitioners and faculty from colleges and universities across the country, supporting creative educational opportunities, experiential learning, and mentorship.
In 2019, Simon was recognized as a Fellow of the AOTA for her leadership in fieldwork.


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

Occupational therapy is not a job to me, it is part of the fabric of my being. I AM an occupational therapist, I automatically look at a problem and think, ‘If I can’t fix it, how can I work around it?’

Teaching Interests

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.

Scholarly Interests

Simon is primarily interested in qualitative research and leadership in the area of fieldwork. She embeds multiple layers of scholarship into her work and has a strong interest in guiding students with program development in the area of pediatrics and education. Simon was also a RI Campus Compact Faculty Fellow, with an emphasis on interprofessional education.


  • OTD7070: Introduction to Fieldwork
  • All of the Level I fieldwork courses
  • OTPIV Pediatrics
  • OTD9810: Fieldwork IIA
  • OTD9860: Fieldwork IIB

Professional Affiliations

American Occupational Therapy Association
New England Occupational Therapy Education Council
Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association



  • Forfa, M., Helfrich, C., & Simon, R. (2022). Perceptions on Non-traditional Models of Fieldwork Supervision. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (1)
  • Simon R.L. (in press) 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 press) 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 Assessment, in Evaluation in Occupational Therapy 5th Ed., P. Kramer (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