Arlene Lorch, OTD, OTR/L, CHES

Contact Dr. Lorch

901 Walnut Street
Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-9612
(215) 503-2950 fax


BS in Occupational Therapy, University of Pennsylvania,
      Philadelphia, PA
MS in Health Education, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certification

CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)

University Appointment

Assistant Professor, 2008
Instructor, 2002
Clinical Instructor, 1996

Research and Clinical Interests

Development of cognitive skills in persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Use of Peer Review in Occupational Therapy Curricula
Occupational Therapy intervention for persons with low vision and depression.
Longitudinal evaluation of occupational therapy intervention outcomes in the assisted living environment.
The role of socialization in maintaining cognitive function in older adults.

Course Taught

OT 357 Evaluations
OT 467 Health Services Administration and Professional Development
OT 480/482 Fieldwork Level II Fieldwork Educator
OT 558

Professional Memberships

American Occupational Therapy Association, Member and Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (educational programs) 1997-2008 Proposal reviewer for conference programs 2002-2010
Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. Member
Proposal reviewer for conference program, 1999-2008
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists
American Association for Health Education
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
Member, Riverview Home Board of Trustees "Unusual Incident Committee"
Safety and Prevention Task Force

Awards and Honors

Fred and Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical or Laboratory Instruction 2004-2005
AOTA Service Award recipient for service as an occupational therapy program accreditation evaluator, 1997-2006
Academic Educator Award Recipient Presented by the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association 2002