Elizabeth Richardson, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor, Capstone Coordinator, Occupational Therapy Program 540-887-4322

Elizabeth Richardson earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Occupational Therapy from James Madison University in 2002. In 2006 she transitioned to a full-time position as faculty member and academic fieldwork coordinator in an OT program while completing her master’s degree in Health Sciences (2007). While in this role, she helped establish an on-campus pediatric OT clinic where she has provided OT services to local families and engaged in clinical supervision of students.  In addition to serving as the founding director of this clinic.

During her tenure in higher education, Dr. RIchardson has engaged in a wide range of teaching, scholarship, and service activities. She has served as co-director and clinical instructor in the Summer Autism Camp and Interprofessional Autism Clinic where she advocates for the unique role and distinct value of occupational therapy through modeling and instruction of intervention approaches that reflect the core values, attitudes, and principles of OT including an emphasis on play and strengths-based approaches. Her work in interprofessional education and practice in these programs was used as a basis for her doctoral capstone project while completing her post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Other research and clinical practice interests include exploring nature as a therapeutic modality, eco-sustainable OT practice, and complementary and integrative health

approaches in OT.

As a mother of four children and grandmother, she values time with her family and also loves to spend as much time as possible in the mountains or on the water exploring outdoor adventures.