Cassandra (Kassi) Nelson, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, CNS, CEAS I

Doctoral Coordinator, Assistant Professor, OT Programs


Dallas, TX


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Acute Care
Neurological Rehabilitation
Pelvic Health


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University
Master of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare, Quinnipiac University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

Pediatric bowel and bladder dysfunction
Urinary incontinence across the life span

Dr. Cassandra (Kassi) Nelson is an occupational therapist, researcher and educator focused on improving the lives of individuals through holistic, client-centered treatment. In addition to her experience in ICU, acute care, inpatient behavioral health, outpatient adults and specialty pediatrics, she holds specialty certifications in neurology (CNS), ergonomic (CEAS I), oncology (STAR), functional movement (FMT), healthcare administration and management, and pediatric bowel and bladder dysfunction. Her research centers on improving the lives of individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction with a focus on pediatric bowel and bladder dysfunction, for which she has presented both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Nelson’s expertise extends to teaching courses including adult rehabilitation, administration and leadership, professionalism, anatomy and physiology, physical agent modalities, orthotics and upper extremity rehabilitation, service learning, ergonomics, research, fieldwork and doctoral capstone courses. She is passionate about educating the next generation of practitioner-scholars who will progress the profession of occupational therapy.

Dr. Nelson joined the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program in 2023 on the University’s Dallas, TX campus.