Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
Program Director

Debra Collette

323 Scrimshaw Health Sciences Hall
Troy Campus
[email protected]


Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, concentration in Pediatric Science, Rocky Mountain University 2011
B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Utica College 1995


NYS License
NBCOT Certified
Local Certification, Assistive Technology Specialist

Clinical Practice

Occupational Therapist (previously full time for 16 years, now part time) in school-based practice and as a private practice evaluator (4 years).

Courses Taught

  • OTH-616 Evaluation and Intervention: School-Based Practice and Lab
  • OTH-626 Level I Fieldwork: Pediatrics
  • OTH-512 Technology and Adaptations in OT Practice
  • OTH-617 Evaluation and Intervention: Early Intervention Settings and Lab
  • OTH-622 Fieldwork Seminar
  • OTH-514 Occupational Performance in Children and Youth and Lab
  • OTH 567- Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • OTH 669-Research Seminar I
  • OTH 670- Research Seminar II


Child Hand Development: Present Implications for Children’s Occupations, Doctoral Capstone, 2011

Doctoral- Child Hand Development: Present Complications for Children’s Occupations, Doctoral Capstone, Provo, UT, 2011

Collette, D., Anson, K., Halabi, N,. Schlierman, A., & Suriner, A., (2017) Handwriting and Common Core State Standards: Teacher, occupational therapist, and administrator perceptions from New York State public schools. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7160220010


ATOA Fieldwork Educator Certification Program, Multiple Locations 2012-present

Fette, C., Collette, D., Ponsolle-Mays,  M., Rai, G., Leigers, K., Majeski, K., & Olsen, L., Conversations That Matter 302B: Opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners in reauthorization of  Elementary and Secondary Education Art to Every Student Succeeds, AOTA Centennial Conference, Panel Discussion Preparation, April 1, 2017

Collette, D.Response to Intervention: Where are we in New York State? NYSOTA Annual Conference in Syracuse, NY. Podium Presentation, November 2, 2016

Allen DC. & Elacqua M., Fieldwork supervision toolbox for working with the challenging student, NYSOTA Annual Conference, Albany, NY. Podium Presentation, November 2, 2016

Allen, DC. Child hand development, NYSOTA Annual Conference, Podium Presentation, November 10, 2012

AOTA Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program, Utica, NY – October 4-5, 2013, Auburn, NY – June 8-9, 2012

Professional Organizations

Member of American Occupational Therapy Association

Member of New York State Occupational Therapy Association


Tweens and Links Service Learning
*Institutional Review Board
Program Review
*Sage Graduate Schools Curriculum Committee
SOTA Advisor
Troy Faculty Counsel