Program Director for OTD Arizona
Evelyn Andersson, PhD, OTR/L, is the program director of the Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD program) in Arizona. She has more than two decades of experience in full-time practice as an occupational therapist and more than a decade of full-time academic experience from several universities.
Throughout her career, Dr. Andersson has been involved in different formats of occupational therapy education, including entry-level master’s, five-year bachelor’s to master’s, occupational assistant to occupational therapist bridge, post-professional master’s, and PhD programs in occupational therapy. She has taught in traditional classroom settings as well as online formats on many topics such as theory development, research methods, neuroscience, pediatrics, health and wellness, and mentorship of research on master’s- and doctoral-level occupational therapy programs. At her other university appointments, Dr. Andersson has participated in preparing accreditation for occupational therapy programs and PhD program reviews.
As a clinician, Dr. Andersson has practiced in hospitals, clinics, home health, primary care, and school systems for pediatric, adult and aging populations both in Sweden and the United States. She is currently exploring wellness interventions using qigong, tai chi, and yoga therapy, with foci on trauma, aging, and autism. She has presented on a variety of pediatric- and education-related topics nationally and internationally.
Dr. Andersson completed her initial occupational therapy and faculty education training at Munksjoskolan and Uppsala University, Sweden. She is deeply committed to Christian service missions and leads occupational therapy students on trips to the Passion Center for Children in Malawi, Africa.
- PhD in occupational therapy, Texas Woman’s University
- Post-Professional Master of Science in occupational therapy (administration and pediatrics focus), Columbia University
- Arizona Occupational Therapy Association, past president