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Martha J. Sanders

Professor of Occupational Therapy

BS, Tufts University; MA, University of Southern California; MSOSH, University of New Haven

School of Health Sciences


OT 570

Capstone Graduate Projects - Spring 2018

OT 536

Assistive Technology and Ergonomics - Spring 2018

OT 540

Special Topics in Occupational Therapy - Spring 2018


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I am currently an associate professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University. I began teaching at Quinnipiac in the Fall, 1993. My areas of expertise are ergonomics, injury prevention, occupational safety and health, and community health for older adults. I teach administration for occupational therapists in a workshop format that enables practicing administrative experiences. I developed courses in Pharmacology and Environmental Toxins, Ergonomics, and a Capstone experience with other departmental colleagues. I also teach research to post-professional online master's students and MSOT graduate students. At the University Level, I provide Ergonomic consultations for Quinnipiac staff on campus and Fieldwork Level I experiences for OT students off campus (community-training programs in ergonomics and computer training for seniors). For the year 2010-2011 I implemented a childhood obesity grant funded by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in the Hamden and Wallingford 3rd grades.

Community / Practive Activities

Backpack Safety for grades K-7; Testing for Toxins in Toys and Children's consumer goods; Teaching seniors to use computer technology; Ergonomics consultation for area industries

Research Interests

I continue to investigate issues related to older workers- adaptation to their jobs, the impact of work on successful aging, and generativity. My dissertation was the Contribution of Job Design to Successful Aging in Older Workers in the Homebuilding Industry. Qualitative Case Studies on Older Workers' Adaptation to Physically Demanding Jobs Computer Training for Seniors Occupationl Stress

Honors & Awards

Courses Taught

OT 511 Administration and Management in OT OT 560 Contemporary Modalities%5d OT 550 Research in Occupational Therapy OT 555 Pharmacology and Environmental Toxins OT 570 Capstone OT 535 Ergonomics and Assistive Technology OT 601 Research Methods for Post-Professional Masters OT 603 Data Analysis for Post-Professional Masters

Significant Administrative Duties

I serve on the University Health and Safety Committee, Chair of the Ergonomics committee, and am a member of the Sustainability committee. From 2010-2012 I will serve on the University Review Committee

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