Cynthia (Cyndi) Haynes, OTD, MBA, MEd, OTR/L

Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, Associate Professor, OT Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Health Sciences


Autism Spectrum Disorder
Clinical Education
Higher Education
School Systems
Sensory Integration


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Marketing, The University of Akron
Master of Education, Kent State University
Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

Trauma Informed Care
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Dr. Cynthia (Cyndi) Haynes is a pediatric therapist with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked as a clinician and director across diverse settings, including a regional pediatric hospital, pediatric rehabilitation facility, outpatient clinics, early intervention and community preschools, as well as home- and school-based services.

As occupational therapy regional director with Employer Benefit Services (EBS) Healthcare/The Stepping Stones Group, she mentored therapists and designed training initiatives to ensure sustained competence and application of best practices for early intervention and school-based therapists.

Dr. Haynes was an adjunct professor and capstone advisor in various post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs. At Philadelphia University, she served as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy program.

Her contributions extend to scholarly work, including authoring peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She consistently engages in speaking engagements at both local and national levels.

Dr. Haynes serves as a regional trainer for the American Occupational Therapy Association-sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program. She is a content expert and trainer for the Bureau for Education and Research.

She joined the University in 2020 as a contributing faculty member and became full-time faculty in August 2023.