Department of Occupational Therapy
130 South Ninth Street, Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
(215) 503-9610

Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy

Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L

Thank you for your interest in the Jefferson OTD program. Our mission is to create opportunities for advanced practitioners to take leadership roles across diverse areas of practice. After completing the program, you will have the skills and knowledge to work in many different arenas to promote participation using the science of occupation in combination with knowledge from diverse fields such as business, management, leadership, epidemiology, rehabilitation, public health and neuroscience.

Seated within Thomas Jefferson University, our program reflects the mission of the University:  to educate qualified students as physicians, nurses, biomedical scientists and health personnel; to expand our understanding of human beings and their environments, through research; and to provide and promote health and human services. As a graduate of the Jefferson OTD program, you will be poised to serve as a leader in the clinical community, assume leadership positions in health care, and conduct clinical research that translates basic science into evidence-based, exemplary patient care.

Please review our web pages and let me know if you have questions or would like to discuss the program further. I ask you to consider the Jefferson OTD, because:

  • We offer highly individualized planning and will help you create a career trajectory that is right for you.
  • Jefferson is a nationally and internationally known Department with an excellent reputation, known for the rigor and innovativeness of its programs.
  • Our program is designed for the busy professional – with online classes and opportunities to learn from experts on our faculty and in our clinical community according to a schedule that can work for you. We also offer credit for leadership and clinical experience.

If you think our program may be right for you, email me with further questions or contact me to set up a meeting. Meeting formats are flexible and can take place in person, by telephone, videoconference, or web chat. We hope you will consider joining us and helping us to create a new vision of our profession!

Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L
Director, Jefferson OTD Program
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy