Monica Watford, OTR, PhD

Doctoral Coordinator, Assistant Professor, OT Programs


Dallas, TX


College of Health Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Neurological Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation
Population Health
Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Vision Rehabilitation


Doctor of Philosophy, Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch
Master of Occupational Therapy, The University of Texas Medical Branch
Master of Arts in Psychology, The City University of New York-Queens College

Research Interests

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Stroke Rehab
Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Watford has a background in mental health and neuroscience. Her focus has been stroke and cognitive rehabilitation in older adults. She has been a practicing occupational therapist for eight years in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She received her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2013 and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, both from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2016. Her dissertation focused on trends in caregiver support in older minority adults with Traumatic Brain Injury using secondary data from Uniform Data System and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.