Dr. Erin Schwier is the Academic Program Director for the Master of Occupational Therapy program where she also serves as an assistant professor. She brings more than 15 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families to her position. She previously worked as a pediatric therapist for multiple school districts and clinics in San Diego County.
Dr. Schwier also currently works as an occupational therapist and educational consultant at Sierra Academy of San Diego, specializing in sensory integration and the influence on academic performance and social skills. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.
Dr. Schwier is a frequent presenter on topics related to children with special needs and has published articles in professional journals including OT Practice and Disability Journal of Health. She co-authored Breaking Bread and Nourishing Connections (Brooks Publishing, 2005). Dr. Schwier is an active volunteer for Straight From The Heart, Inc., the north San Diego County foster parents association, where she organizes developmental play groups for foster children and caregivers which are managed by her students.