At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Marcia Hamilton has practiced as an occupational therapist for 39 years. Her clinical experience is in diverse practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient rehabilitation, public and private schools, developmental disabilities, school settings, sub-acute care, private practice and primary care.
Dr. Hamilton is Board Certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association in Pediatrics and carries additional certification in the use of NSM kinesiology tape application.
She is a proponent of integrative health and wellness programs and has presented on this subject at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. She has presented most recently on population health amid COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and is presently involved in interdisciplinary research on the impact of COVID-19 on graduate healthcare students. She most recently designed and is delivering a telehealth program to help improve occupational performance and well-being of seniors living in assisted living communities.
Dr. Hamilton received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Kean University in 1983 and her Master of Science in Health Science, Integrative Health and Wellness Programs in 2012 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In 2012, she was awarded the Graduate Scholar Research Award for the School of Health-related Professions at UMDNJ. She completed her clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2017 at South University.
She joined the faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017. Dr Hamilton teaches Clinical Neuroscience and has served as the Assistant Program Director for the Master of Occupational Therapy/Master of Occupational Therapy Flex and Doctor of Occupational Therapy Programs on the Miami, FL campus.