Quinnipiac University
Martha J. Sanders

Professor of Occupational Therapy

Marcy Sanders is a professor and interim chair of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her clinical expertise lie in ergonomics, community health promotion (children and older adults), and environmental modification. She is the chair of the university ergonomics committee which allows her to provide office and manual materials handling ergonomics services to the QU. She teaches ergonomics, research, and administration courses to graduate students and coordinates the graduate Capstone programs. She has been involved in developing low vision programs for community seniors, school-based health promotion programs for elementary schools, and adaptive skiing training programs. Her projects are conducted with students, allowing them to participate in great real-life learning opportunities.

Her current research focuses on volunteerism in adapted sports, home lighting for older adults, light and health, and examining the efficacy of back-pack safety programming. Her interest in health promotion extends internationally as she provide interprofessional oral health educational programs in the rural Bahamas with dental hygiene faculty and students from Tunxis Community College. She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications. She is also proud to have started an adapted soccer program called TOPS soccer in which highshool students are buddies to players with special challenges.
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  • BS, The Fletcher School At Tufts University
  • MSOSH, University of New Haven
  • MA, University of Southern California
  • PHD, Walden University

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Health
  • Health & Wellness
  • Occupational Medicine, Work and Ergonomics
  • Education/Teaching and Learning
  • Wellness/Lifestyle Medicine


  • Occupational Therapy

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 362G

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Interim Chair of Occupational Therapy

2021 - Present

Prevention Works


Madison, CT

1995 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Professor, Occupational Therapy

Hamden, CT

1993 - Present

Professional Sports Care, Inc.

Co-director Occupational Therapy

Meriden, CT

1991 - 1995

Hope Special Education Center

Co-director Options Program

University of Southern California Buena Park, CA

1988 - 1990

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles,

Occupational Therapist II

Los Angeles, CA

1981 - 1988

St. John's Hospital and Health Center

Occupational Therapist

Santa Monica, CA

1979 - 1981

Selected Publications

Conference Presentation

Design Guidelines for Promoting Sleep Through Healthy Lighting

Figueiro, M., Rea, M., Sanders, M.

CT Public Health Association, Virtual, Quinnipiac, Mt Sinai (2021)

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal

The Impact of Sleep on Work

Sanders, M.; Thayer, A.; Guzman, C., Brown, E., Crowley, M;, Cepeda, A.

6 (4) Work and Industry Quarterly Practice Connections 31-33 (2021)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Motivations for volunteering in an adapted skiing program: Implications for volunteer program development.

Sanders, Martha; Balcanoff, Stephen

Disability and Rehabilitation 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1981466 (2021)

Peer Reviewed Journal

A school-based, interprofessional approach to sustaining oral health on an Island community

Sanders, M.J., Turcotte, C., & Johnson, P.A.

DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1803818 Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare 1-5 (2020)

Conference Presentation

Lighting your Life: Keeping older adults engaged in life.

Sanders, M.

CT Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Virtual (2020)

Conference Presentation

The Impact of Lighting on close visual activities and quality of life in older adults.

Sanders, M.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Virtual Conference , virtual (2020)


Physical Dysfunction

VanOss, T., Sanders, M., & Hewitt, P.

Environmental Assessment and Modification: Home, Work, and Community 8th (Wolters Kluwer 2019)

Peer Reviewed Poster

Home lighting feasibility study

Sanders, M.

AOTA, Salt Lake City, UT (2018)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Older manufacturing workers and adaptation to age-related changes

Sanders, M.

3(72) American Journal of Occupational Therapy 7203205060p1-7203205060p11 March (2018)

Peer Reviewed Poster

The benefits of volunteering in adapted skiing

Sanders, M.

AOTA, Salt Lake City, UT (2018)

Non-Peer Reviewed Journal

Lighting the work environment

Sanders, M.

3(3) Work & Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly 29-31 August (2018)

Peer Reviewed Journal

An interprofessional approach to ergonomics

Michalak-Turcotte, C., Sanders, M. J., & Johnson, P.

16(1) Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 30-32 January (2018)

Peer Reviewed Journal

See 2017-2018

Sanders, M.


Peer Reviewed Poster

Qualitative findings of Stress and Coping in College Students

Haughey, K., Soja, J., & Sanders, M.

American occupational therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA (2017)

Academic Awards, Fellowships and Grants

Lifetime Achievement Award

Academic Award | 2019-2020

American Occupational Therapy Association

Sigma Xi Lectureship Subsidy Grant

Grant | 2019-2020

Sigma Xi Research Society

Professional Designation