Faculty of the Year 

Dr. Julie Kugel serves as the Program Director of the Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program.

Dr. Kugel  has been active in diverse venues. She has been the first author of numerous publications focusing on the role of occupational therapy in addressing childhood obesity through community interventions, and wellness programs through the eyes of youth and their parents. Dr. Kugel  has presented at several professional conferences on a variety of topics including childhood obesity, caring for non-driving elders and utilizing technology for innovative teaching. She has participated in scholarly projects which includes the use of interactive video-gaming for seniors, the impact of screen based media on adolescents, dyslexia, wellness programs for children and youth and characteristics of critical thinking outcomes across graduate allied health departments. Dr. Kugel has been the recipient of two grants that focused on programming for community youth and youth within a domestic violence shelter. She is the vice president of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA), served on the Commission of Education (COE) as the OTD Educator Representative,  is an Editorial Review Board member for a peer reviewed OT journal and serves on the Advisory Board for the masters in occupational therapy program at the University of Southern Caribbean.  She has received numerous awards and honors for her leadership as a program director.  Following an extensive external review of the post professional OTD program, Dr. Kugel was commended for her commitment to providing a quality educational  program and for her insights that challenge the OTD students to be visionary practitioners and researchers.