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Dr. Traci Swartz - OTD, OTR/L

Program Director & Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Fitness

Phone: 678.653.2354
Website: https://www.mga.edu/health-natural-sciences/rehabilitation-science/master-occuptional-therapy-program/index.php

  • Virtual - Virtual -
    Phone: 678.653.2354
    Fax: 478.934.3418
  • Cochran - Dillard Hall - 219L
Office Hours: Virtual by appointment
Biography: Dr. Swartz has been with Middle Georgia State University since 2020, working on development of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program. She received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has extensive clinical and administrative experience, including inpatient rehab, acute care, therapy in a residential setting for individuals with developmental disabilities, acute care, driving rehabilitation, and program development. She also has experience with international therapy, and spent a year in Europe assisting with further development of physical rehabilitation in the country of Georgia. Previously, she was founding Program Director of an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in the metro Atlanta area and a Research Scientist with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). Dr. Swartz also previously served as a Roster of Accreditation Evaluator with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Courses: OTMS 5030 - Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism
OTMS 5040 - Administration, Management, and Policy
OTMS 5130 - Occupational Analysis and Performance
OTMS 5220 - Emerging and Nontraditional Practice
OTMS 5320 - Service Delivery and Educational Methods
Education: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Professional Affiliations: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA)
Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group (GHUESIG)
Publications: Yang, H., Swartz, T., & Sanford, J. A. (2011, November). Identification of unmet needs for environmental supports in housing and communities of Georgia’s seniors. Gerontologist, 51, 376.
Swartz, T. (2001, March). Universal design and the aging worker. AOTA Work/Gerontology Special Interest Section, 24 (1), 3-4.

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