The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh is one of the leading academic departments in the profession of occupational therapy. Founded in 1982, the Department has received widespread recognition for excellence in education, research and service.
Our entry-level occupational therapy program is ranked 3rd in the nation and 1st in Pennsylvania, and attracts top-ranked students across the nation. Graduates are known for their excellence in clinical practice. Our advanced practice programs provide expanded education and mentoring to occupational therapy practitioners trained domestically and internationally, supporting their development as master practitioners, clinical educators, and professional leaders. Our accomplished faculty are nationally recognized for innovation and leadership in occupational therapy education, research, and service. As a program within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, occupational therapy students and faculty are engaged in interprofessional collaborations across the Schools of the Health Sciences, and enjoy all the benefits of studying and working within a world-renowned academic healthcare community. We are active partners in the University and local community, as well as regional and international professional organizations.
We invite you to explore our website to find out more information about our educational programs, our research programs and accomplishments, our students and alumni, and more.
Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM
Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy