Timothy Holley, DHSc, MSOT, OTR/L, CBFC

Associate Professor, OT Programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Health Sciences


Health Administration
Higher Education Leadership
Neurological Disorders
School Systems
Sensory Integration


Doctor of Health Science, Health Science, Nova Southeastern University
Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelor of Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences-Social Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Interests

Genetics Competency in OT Practice
Sleep Science
Augmented and Virtual Reality in Health Care
Brain Computer Interfaces in Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Timothy Holley is an occupational therapist (OT), health scientist and educator who is dedicated to helping individuals reach their optimal functioning level in society. Dr. Holley began his career in rehabilitation in undergraduate school as a research assistant on the Motor After Stroke Project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He later received his Master of Science in occupational therapy in 2004, which he would go on to practice in varied settings, ranging from early intervention to geriatric rehab. Due to his diverse experience as an OT practitioner, Dr. Holley considers himself a generalist.

During his doctorate studies, Dr. Holley completed an internship in the tumor registrar at an affiliate of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and completed a research practicum titled, “Increasing genetic competency in occupational therapy practice.” Dr. Holley has held many leadership roles, including Director of Rehabilitation, Clinical Lead, CEO/Owner and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program Director. During his occupational therapy career, Dr. Holley has been invited to present at various professional conferences, educational institutions, community and business organizations.

His teaching experience includes seven years as a biology instructor, teaching anatomy, physiology and medical terminology courses at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, AL. He later became an assistant professor in an MOT program at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he taught for six years. At Trinity, Dr. Holley taught functional anatomy, functional neuroscience, research, ethics, advocacy and policy. Dr. Holley joined the core OT programs faculty at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in January 2022, sharing his diverse knowledge as a practitioner and educator.