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Meet Occupational Therapy Faculty

Cindee Quake-Rapp, Ph.D., OTR/L, Chair

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Dr. Quake-Rapp was director of the Center for Allied Health programs at the University of Minnesota and chair of Western Michigan University’s Occupational Therapy program prior to coming to Spalding in 2011. She obtained a Ph.D. in Child Health Policy from Union Institute and University, a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a BS in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has taught graduate courses in anatomy, orthopedics, measurement and mental health. She is a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and co-authored the Occupational Therapy Model Curriculum. Dr. Quake-Rapp was appointed to the first congressional advisory committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was selected to the Louisville Healthcare Fellows in 2012. Her most recent publications are in the areas of anatomical sciences education, developmental assessment, and sensory processing disorders.

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Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Dr. Cason holds a Doctor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and joined the Spalding faculty in 2004. She is the immediate past chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Technology Special Interest Section (2013-2016) and immediate past chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group (2014-2016). She is the senior associate editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation and has authored numerous refereed articles, book chapters, and standards and guidelines documents related to telehealth. Dr. Cason was inducted as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2013. Her primary areas of teaching are physical health and wellness, research, and measurement of OT outcomes in varied service delivery contexts.

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Angela M. Cecil, MBA, OTR/L, Academic Fieldwork Director

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Professor Cecil earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997, her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2005, and will earn her Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University by 2021. As a practitioner, she has worked in many different healthcare settings, including acute care, inpatient/outpatient rehab, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities, and home health. In addition to her clinical practice, she has also enjoyed administrative and leadership positions along the way. Professor Cecil has been a member of the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy faculty at Spalding University since 2010. Through this experience, she has become passionate about education, health policy, advocacy, and inter-professional collaboration.

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Jeff Lederer, Ph.D., OTR/L

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Dr. Lederer received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lederer has practiced in a variety of treatment settings including rehabilitation and home health. He has also worked for several years providing school-based occupational therapy services in both urban and rural communities. Recently, he has worked as an occupational therapist for Summit Academy in Middletown, Kentucky. His research interests include strategies to effectively include students with disabilities in schools and the community as well as effective teaching strategies and critical reasoning. He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association as well as serving as a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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Rob McAlister, Ph.D., OTR/L

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Dr. McAlister has 17 years of academic teaching experience and specializes in kinesiology and treatment of adult neurological physical dysfunction. He has also taught multiple research courses and provides mentorship for capstone research presented by students in the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy’s Vision in Action Conference. He earned his Ph.D. in Motor Learning and Control from Auburn University in 2006. Dr. McAlister has extensive experience in manual therapeutic techniques and has taught continuing education courses on myofascial release to allied health professionals nationally. Prior to becoming an instructor, he provided contract OT services for rehabilitation hospitals in the greater Atlanta, GA. area.

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Greg Pitts, MS, OTR/L, CHT

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Professor Pitts received his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Sciences program. He is a past chair of the American Hand Therapy Foundation and is currently on the board of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. He currently teaches ergonomic and orthopedic content in the Evaluation and Intervention Course IV on Work, Industry, and Orthopedic Practice. He also teaches certification courses for Deep Physical Agent Modalities (DPAM) and is the manager and owner of a hand therapy clinic in Lexington, KY. His most recent publications are in hand rehabilitation.

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Joshua Skuller PhD, OTR/L, BCP, ATP

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Dr. Skuller earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2001 followed by a Masters in Education from the University of Louisville in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Technology from the University of Louisville in 2011. Before joining the ASOT faculty in 2012, he was a school-based therapist for Jefferson County Public Schools and also continues to practice per diem in the Kosair Charities Pediatric Convalescent Center at the Home of the Innocents. Dr. Skuller is also the director of enTECH (Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana), a state assistive technology resource center on Spalding’s campus. He is board certified in pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and holds certification as an assistive technology professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

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Laura Stimler, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, C/NDT

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Dr. Stimler received a BS in Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University and a Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate with a concentration in Pediatric Science from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her advanced certifications include AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics, USC/WPS Sensory Integration and Administration of Sensory Integration Praxis Test, and Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Her clinical experience includes pediatric and adult long-term care, pediatric rehabilitation, schools and early intervention. Prior to teaching at Spalding, Dr. Stimler specialized in acute care rehabilitation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her areas of teaching include pediatrics, psychosocial health and wellness, rehabilitation practice, movement, and fundamentals of OT.

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Sara Story, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CAPS

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Dr. Story earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Spalding University. She was awarded a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Story is board-certified in gerontology through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She maintains her status as a clinician to bring the current clinical practice to the classroom. She is the faculty advisor for the student association. Her areas of practice include gerontology and mental health with a research interest in aging in place, community mobility, and mental health services. She has delivered presentations at the state and national level.

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Laura Schluter Strickland, Ed.D., OTR/L, CLT, FAOTA

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Dr. Laura Strickland received her BS in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She holds a Masters of Arts in Behavioral Health from the University of Houston, a Masters of Health Science from the University of Florida, and an Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Spalding University. Dr. Laura served on the Kentucky Board of Licensure in Occupational Therapy for over 12 years. Previously, she served Spalding as the Chair of the Auerbach School and Associate Dean of the Kosair College of Health and Natural Sciences. Dr. Laura is currently a full-time faculty member within ASOT teaching Ethical Decision Making in Occupational Therapy, Managing Occupational Therapy Services and OT Leadership in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Laura holds an advanced certification as a lymphedema therapist and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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L. Randy Strickland, Ed.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Dr. Strickland received his BS in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University and earned his Master of Education (M. Ed.) and doctorate (Ed. D.) from North Carolina State University. He is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) and an invited charter member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Living Legacy Society. He has led extensive rehabilitation programs in several states including Kentucky, Texas, and North Carolina. Past service contributions to the profession include state association president, a member of both the Kentucky and Texas occupational therapy licensure boards, Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and President of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After extensive service including practice administration, founding director of the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, and Spalding University Provost, he most enjoys now serving as Professor of Occupational Therapy with teaching responsibilities in leadership, management, and program development/evaluation.

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