Eric Sarrett, PhD, OTR/L, MOT, MPHIL, MA

Assistant Professor, OT Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Autism Spectrum Disorder
Community Transition
Dementia Care
Health Administration
School Systems


Doctor of Public Policy and Administration , Walden University
Master of Philosophy, Walden University
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Arts, Radford University

Research Interests

Postsecondary transition,
Narrative inquiry
Intellectual and developmental disabilities

Dr. Eric Sarrett graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. He has more than 15 years of patient care experience serving clients of all ages. He began his career working in Virginia and Florida public schools while maintaining a pro re nata footprint in various adult settings. He transitioned to full-time outpatient geriatrics and memory care in 2007, serving as a Rehab Coordinator for both outpatient and home health services until 2013 when he began focusing on home health services in Jacksonville, MS and New Orleans, LA.

Before joining the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017, he spent more than two years in a continuum-of-care community offering inpatient skilled nursing facility care and outpatient acute leukemia, Interleukins and memory care. Dr. Sarrett is an active writer who earned a Master of Arts in English from Radford University in 1997, where he taught freshman composition and rhetoric before pursuing a career in occupational therapy (OT).

He currently strives to find innovative ways to engage students in instructional areas such as Administration and Management, and Clinical Applications of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics and Adolescence. Dr. Sarrett completed his PhD in Public Policy and Administration in July 2022, earning a Master of Philosophy in primary progressive aphasia. His research addresses post-secondary transition outcomes for young adults with an intellectual or developmental disability, seeking what their stories tell us about current policy efficacy. He aspires to use this research to influence the macro-level discussions that steer OT practice and impact the quality of life of patients.