Quinnipiac University
Nicole A. Fidanza

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Nicole Fidanza graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2007 with a MS in Occupational Therapy and in 2017 with a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate. She has focused her practice on working with older adult clients across the continuum of rehabilitative care. Nicole is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy whose teaching focuses on gerontology, neurorehabilitation, occupation and health, and professionalism. She is also a Fieldwork Educator credentialed through the American Occupational Therapy Association who leads students through Fieldwork II experiences to support the psychosocial needs of older adults. Her current research is focused on the connection between social participation and well being amongst older adults.

Education

  • BS, Quinnipiac University
  • MOT, Quinnipiac University
  • OTD, Quinnipiac University

Areas of Expertise

  • Neurorehabilitation/Neurosurgery
  • Geriatrics/Gerontology/Ageing

Organization

  • Occupational Therapy

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 362M

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC

Experience

Quinnipiac University

BS/MOT Program Coordinator, Upper Division

Hamden, CT

2021 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

2018 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Visiting Faculty

Quinnipiac University

2018 - 2018

The Dodd Law Firm, LLC

Home Safety Consultant

Cheshire, Connecticut

2018 - Present

UCONN Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital

Per Diem Occupational Therapist

Farmington, Connecticut

2014 - 2015

Quinnipiac University

Adjunct Faculty

Quinnipiac University

2011 - 2017

Genesis Rehabilitation Services

Staff Occupational Therapist

Naugatuck, Connecticut

2011 - 2018

Genesis Rehabilitation Services

Per Diem Occupational Therapist

Naugatuck, Connecticut

2009 - 2011

Saint Mary’s Hospital

Staff Occupational Therapist

Waterbury, Connecticut

2008 - 2011

Selected Publications

Social Participation, Frailty, and Aging: Current Research & Implications for Occupational Therapy

Fianza, N.

University of Connecticut Department of Public Health, Course PUBH 5497-F44: Critical Health Issues Facing the U.S., Farmington, CT (2020)

Determining the Needs of Newly Transitioned Residents in an Assisted-Living Facility: A Mixed-Methods Assessment

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., & Godusky, K.

2020 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Boston, MA (cancelled), Quinnipiac University (2020)

Determining the Needs of Newly Transitioned Residents in a Senior Living Facility: A Mixed-Methods Assessment

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., & Godusky, K.

ConnOTA 2020 Spring Conference, Hartford, CT, Quinnipiac University (2020)

Social Participation Amongst Older Adults in Assisted Living Facilities: Short, Spontaneous, Superficial

Fidanza, N., Kowal, J., & Bondoc, S.

2020 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Boston, MA (cancelled), Quinnipiac University (2020)

From Sink or Swim to Smooth Sailing: How to Best Support Newly-Graduated OTs Working in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Fidanza, N. & Bondoc, S.

2020 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Boston, MA (cancelled), Quinnipiac University (2020)

"Expectation versus Reality: The Lived Experience of Newly Graduated OTs in Skilled Nursing Facilities"

Fidanza, N., Bondoc, S.

2019 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA, Quinnipiac University (2019)

"Determining the Needs of Newly-Transitioned Residents: A Mixed-Methods Assessment at The Towers"

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., Godusky, K.

Quinnipiac University Interprofessional Poster Day 2019 (2019)

Determining the Needs of Newly Transitioned Residents in a Senior Living Facility: A Mixed-Methods Assessment

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., & Godusky, K.

Connecticut Public Health Association 2019 Annual Conference , Plantsville, CT, Quinnipiac University (2019)

Expectation versus reality: The lived experience of newly-graduated occupational therapists in skilled nursing facilities

Fidanza, N.

Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, Cromwell, CT (2018)

"Social Participation Amongst Older Adults: An Exploration of Living in Assited Living Facilities"

Fidanza, N., Kowal, J., Bondoc, S.

ConnOTA 2018 Fall SIS Conference , Wallingford, CT (2018)

"Short, Spontaneous, and Superficial: An Exploration of Social Participation Amongst Older Adults in Assited Living Facilities"

Fidanza, N., Kowal, J., Bondoc, S.

Quinnipiac University QUIP Symposium October 2018 (2018)

Professional Designation