Deanna Lynn Proulx
Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy
Deanna Proulx, MHA, OTR/L is a Clinical Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. She has been affiliated with Quinnipiac for the last 30 years in roles including: undergraduate and graduate student, part time instructor, clinical coordinator, full time faculty, and Assistant Dean for the School of Health Sciences. Her teaching expertise includes clinical anatomy and kinesiology, cadaveric dissection, biomechanical assessment and analysis from an occupation-based perspective, as well as clinical management of polytrauma and chronic health conditions across the continuum of care. She was instrumental in developing emerging practice models for clinical education at Quinnipiac dating back to 2000. This included developing curricula in community-based, post-secondary transitional educational settings working among young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. These local programs included Vista Vocational and Life Skills Center, SARAH, Inc., Chapel Haven, and the Cheshire Secondary Transition Collaborative at QU. Her innovation and dedication to clinical education was formally recognized by the New England Occupational Therapy Education Council’s with its’ Irene Allard Award, distinguishing exceptional contribution to fieldwork education in Occupational Therapy. Most recently, Proulx is a 2021 receipient of the Quinnipiac University Center of Excellence in Teaching Award; the most prestigous award provided to faculty by the institution.
Professor Proulx is a contributing author in both Occupational Therapy Interventions and Ryan’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (SLACK Incorporated, NJ). She is an active leader and member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) having served two elected and two appointed terms as to the Representative Assembly (RA) as the governance body of the national association. She was recently appointed by the AOTA Board of Directors to a term of three years as a member of the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee dedicated to the mentorship of future leaders in the OT profession both locally and nationally.