OT Graduates are Changing Lives

Jacquie Fox O’Hara ’06, G’07, and Peter DeLong ’14, G’16 are helping Jaden Leiby, a North Schuylkill High School football star, on his road to recovery from a terrible spinal cord injury.

In this tweet from Magee Rehabilitation – DeLong and service dog, Nigel, help Jaden with his balance and perseverance.

View the story on WNEP.

Learn about our Occupational Therapy program, and make a difference!


University Proudly Represented at OT Conference

Two graduate occupational therapy students, Melissa Agostinho and Nicholas Chiara, presented evidence based research at the NYSOTA Conference in Palisades, NY.

The New York State Occupational Therapy Association held its annual conference November 8-10, 2019 at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, NY. The conference features many opportunities for members to experience keynote speakers, breakout sessions, forward-thinking discussions about the field and many networking opportunities. We are proud to be represented!

To learn more about our Occupational Therapy program visit our website!

Occupational Therapy in Practice

What sets our graduate degree in Occupational Therapy apart? Our state-of-the-art Leahy Community Health and Family Center allows students to get hands-on, irreplaceable experience in the field.

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC), located in McGurrin Hall, was completed in the spring of 2003 and was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The spring 2003 dedication ceremony put forth the promise of innovative opportunities for faculty, students, and community to work together to fill gaps in health, wellness, and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. Since this time, the LCHFC has actively sought to uncover gaps in services and work with community agencies and individuals to develop meaningful and sustainable responses to these needs.

The center is located on The University of Scranton campus, just two blocks from the main campus hub.

Integral to the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ mission is the belief that all disciplines should be taught and understood through a balance of theory and practice in the context of a Jesuit tradition and spirit. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center is designed with this focus in mind. The Center is dedicated to the dual purpose of identifying and meeting the health and wellness needs of underserved individuals in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience.

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center envisions a community where all individuals have access to those services that help them achieve, improve, or maintain a quality of life that is consistent with optimal health and wellness. It is intended that the collaborative partnership between the community and the Leahy Community Health and Family Center will provide the resources necessary to support high quality service provision and applied learning.


The Leahy Community Health and Family Center will strive to fulfill its Mission and Vision Statements while using the following Value Statements as a guide:

  • We value the Jesuit philosophy that understanding the importance of educating men and women for others within a context that addresses the whole person (cura personalis).
  • We value the significance of striking a balance between theory and practice, knowledge and application, learning and service.
  • We value the creation of sustainable service and learning experiences that are embedded in the curriculum and that meet the needs of the students and community.
  • We value the cultivation of community partnerships that help identify health and wellness needs, develop bridges for collaboration and access, and provide reciprocal learning experiences.

Click here to learn about the Leahy Center – and more about how these hands on experiences makes our OT program great!
Check out this page to learn more about the design of Leahy Hall!

Alumna Working on Groundbreaking Technology with Microsoft

Kaitlyn Jones ’18, University of Scranton alumna and occupational therapist, now works for Microsoft on the Xbox accessibility team! In this video, she gives an update on her first couple months working with Microsoft and some of the cool things she’s been doing there.

“Often as students, we have these very strong preconceived notions about what aspect of OT or what specialty you want to go into.  Don’t be afraid to be open to all the different areas, and don’t be afraid to advocate for the value that we can bring as OTs. … There are so many things we have to offer.” -Kaitlyn Jones

To learn more about the OT program at The University of Scranton, click here!