Dr. Sandy Brown has been an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy program since 2018.
Prior to joining the university, she was adjunct faculty in the occupational therapy departments at the University of Florida and Thomas Jefferson University. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the state association (FOTA). She is Board Certified in Pediatrics through AOTA and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Dr. Brown has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She has specialized in pediatrics; however, she has also worked in a variety of settings including home-based, school, residential, and outpatient. She has also worked as a center manager for a large outpatient rehabilitation clinic.
She is an active volunteer involved in many different adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities. She has been the director of the Bayada regatta, the largest all-adaptive rowing regatta in the country, since 2010. In addition to being an adaptive rowing classifier, she is also a national adaptive rowing classification instructor who trains and certifies other adaptive rowing classifiers throughout the country.
Dr. Brown is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, academic institutions, and community events. Often, her therapy dog, Ricky, accompanies her when she provides education on the role of dogs in the field of rehabilitation. In 2018, in addition to having multiple presentations at the national AOTA conference, Dr. Brown will be featured at the AOTA Young Scientist Theater where she will be presenting her research on the impact of challenging behaviors on pediatric rehabilitation.
Currently, Dr. Brown is engaged in research and clinical practice with an emphasis on quality of life and participation in daily routines for the pediatric population.