Meet the Instructors
Toni Thompson MA, OTR/L
Ms. Thompson received her Occupational Therapy education at the University of Illinois. She earned a Masters degree in Business Administration and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Ms. Thompson was formerly a Team Leader of Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology at the Shriners Hospital for Children of Tampa, FL and her work experience includes service with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and Venezuela. She has significant experience in SI and NDT-Pediatrics, and has written numerous articles for a variety of Occupational Therapy and Orthopedic publications. Her area of concentration is the implementation of health care programs for Hispanic populations. In 1995 she received the Award of Excellence from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association.
Susan Robertson Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Robertson received her Occupational Therapy Education at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA and her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland. She is currently a Mental Health Specialist in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Robertson has considerable experience working in psychiatric settings and with children with learning and other disabilities. Dr. Robertson has served as a staff member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is an expert in O.T. Continuing Education. She has been a faculty member in a number of O.T. programs and has contributed greatly to the profession by numerous presentations and publications. In 1988, she was honored by being named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Paula Carey OTD,OTR/L
Ms. Carey received her Occupational Therapy education as a summa cum laude graduate at Utica College of Syracuse University and her OTD from Chatham University. She has served as Program Director and is currently Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College of Syracuse University. Ms. Carey has been an OT educator for over 20 years, covering a broad range of OT topics in her teaching, including the Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy and Psychosocial Intervention. She has written numerous articles focusing on psychosocial assessment.
Rita P. Fleming-Castaldy Ph.D., OTL, FAOTA.
Dr. Fleming-Castaldy (formerly Cottrell) received her Doctor of Philosophy, post-professional M.A., and undergraduate degrees in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton and was previously the Program Director and a faculty member at Dominican College. She also served on the program faculty at New York University. In addition to the best-selling "National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Review & Study Guide", Dr. Fleming-Castaldy is the editor of several texts and the author of numerous journal articles. She has presented nationally and internationally on a diversity of professional issues. Dr. Fleming-Castaldy serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Her areas of expertise include professional development and career mobility, mental health practice, community participation, and disability rights and advocacy. In 2002, she was honored by being named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association for innovation and leadership in education and advocacy.
Kari C. Inda Ph.D., OTR, CEAS
Dr. Inda received her Occupational Therapy education at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI. She earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College and a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Inda is the chairperson of the Occupational Therapy program at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI. She specializes in teaching kinesiology, orthopedics, and neurorehabilitation. Her previous work experience includes inpatient, outpatient, sub acute, long term care, and home health rehab for adults with various physical disabilities. She has certification as an Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). Her research focuses on the role of critical reasoning skills in certification exam performance and in academic performance.
Donna M. Costa DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Costa earned a professional doctorate from the University of Indianapolis in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the New School of Social Research in NY, and dual baccalaureate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology from the University of Buffalo. She is currently a Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah, holds an adjunct teaching appointment in the College of Nursing, and is a faculty member in the Center on Aging. Dr. Costa is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is the author of two books on fieldwork education published by AOTA Press, as well as numerous articles which have appeared in OT Practice. Donna serves on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Health Care. She was formerly the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program at Stony Brook University in NY where she developed and obtained grant funding for a OTA to OT Career Laddering Program leading to the BS/MS degrees. She is a member of Rotary International, and serves on the Board of Directors of the RESOURCE Foundation.
Marlene J. Morgan Ed.D, OTR/L
Marlene J . Morgan, Ed.D., OTR/L is Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Scranton. She received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a masters degree in occupational therapy (MOT) from Texas Woman's University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Temple University. Dr. Morgan has over 25 years of academic and clinical experience. She has held a number of academic positions including appointments at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and her clinical experiences include a combination of patient care and administrative responsibilities. Dr. Morgan has published and presented nationally and internationally.