Quinnipiac University
Roseanna C. Tufano

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy

Roseanna Tufano is currently a Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy who started her teaching career in 1984. A graduate of Quinnipiac College in 1980, she has worked across the continuum of mental health services and earned her Marriage and Family Master's Degree in 1995 and OTD in 2020. She has developed and taught a range of courses over the past 35+ years primarily in applied occupational therapy theory, mental health evaluation and practice, therapeutic engagement, group dynamics, and the psychosocial aspects of physical disability. She has served as associate chairperson and academic coordinator for the department and assisted with program development. She is the co-author of "Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy", currently in its 2nd edition, along with various book chapters. Together with her husband, she currently conducts a private practice for individuals, couples, and families. Along with her passion for teaching, writing, and clinical practice, she enjoys time with her family. Her hobbies include music, traveling, cooking, and dancing.


  • BS, Quinnipiac University
  • MFT, Southern Connecticut State University
  • OTD, Quinnipiac University

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Practice
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Health/Psychology/Psychiatry
  • Transitions
  • Wellness/Lifestyle Medicine


  • Occupational Therapy

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 367J

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy


2018 - 2021

Quinnipiac University

Occupational Therapy, Associate Chair

Hamden, CT

2015 - 2018

Quinnipiac University

Clinical Associate Professor

Hamden, CT

2011 - 2017

Quinnipiac University

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

2009 - 2011

Enduring Families, LLC

Marriage and Family Therapist

New Haven, CT

2005 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Academic Coordinator

Hamden, CT

1995 - 2015

Catholic Family Services

Contractual Family Therapist

New Haven, CT

1995 - 2001

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Contractual Occupational Therapist

New Haven, CT

1995 - 1997

Veteran’s Memorial Hospital

Contractual Occupational Therapist

Meriden, CT

1992 - 1994

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

1991 - 2009

Quinnipiac College

Full-Time Instructor

Hamden, CT

1989 - 1991

Hebrew Home and Hospital

Occupational Therapy Consultant/Dementia Unit

Hartford, CT

1989 - 1989

Quinnipiac College

Part-Time Instructor

Hamden, CT

1984 - 1989

FS Dubois Day Treatment (Mental Health) Center

Occupational Therapist II

Stamford, CT

1980 - 1984

Selected Publications

Applied theories in occupational therapy: A practical approach

Cole, M. & Tufano, R.

2nd NJ (Slack, Inc 2020)

Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence

Tufano, R.

OT theory use in the process of evaluation and intervention 3rd Thorofare, NJ (Slack 2017)

Linking Theory & Practice: Adapting the Group Protocol Assignment, an Evidence-Based Intervention Plan to Prepare Students for Mental Health Fieldwork

Tufano, R.

AOTA (2017)

Social Participation

Tufano, R.

Occupational Therapy Interventions: Function and Occupations 2nd Thorofare, NJ (Slack 2016)

Integrating Social and Emotional Reasoning Across the Spectrum of OT Practice

Tufano, R.


Professional Designation