Claribell Bayona, OTD, OTR/L, CSRS

Assistant Program Director, Assistant Professor, OT Programs


Miami, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Acute Care
Neurological Rehabilitation


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Stony Brook University
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Buffalo

Research Interests

Upper Extremity Motor Recovery
Quality of Life in Stroke Survivors

Dr. Claribell Bayona earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1995 and her Clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2017. With more than 20 years of experience, she has worked in school-based practice, acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and hand therapy. She has specialized in neurological rehabilitation and limb loss rehabilitation at the RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Health.

Dr. Bayona is a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist by the National Stroke Association and a Certified Peer Visitor Trainer by the Amputee Coalition. While at NYU Langone Health, she spearheaded multiple initiatives in neuro-rehabilitation education, clinical mentorship and provided leadership to the Amputee Support Group, Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (L.E.A.P). She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Touro College (Manhattan Campus) and a visiting lecturer to several OT programs in New York.

Dr. Bayona is a contributing author to several publications on limb deficiency and co-author of a chapter on amputations and prosthetics for F. A. Davis’s publication Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants. Her research interests include upper extremity motor recovery and quality of life in stroke survivors. She has presented her research interests and areas of expertise at national conferences and meetings. In May 2019, she joined the faculty of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.