Emily Z. Eddy, OT, OTD, MS, OTR, is Program Director for the Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, and an Assistant Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Eddy earned her BS in Biology from the University of Rochester, her MS in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Tufts University.

Dr. Eddy has presented and been published at state, national, and international levels. She has taken an active role in the CLiPR and IPC-based programming and serving the IHP’s community partners, and in presenting workshops and seminars to allied health professionals, graduate students, parents of children with disabilities and colleagues.

Her research interests are self-management, self-compassion, interprofessional education and student outcomes, trauma-informed care, and pediatric and caregiver populations.

  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.
  • OTD, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.

Research Interests

  • Self-management
  • Quality of life
  • Mindful strategies (elementary schools, compassion fatigue, stress)
  • Health professional graduate burnout
  • Interprofessional education


Do, A., Phan, V., & Eddy, E. The Cultural Value of Interdependence in China: Implications for OT in the United States. Poster
presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Haney, A. & Eddy, E.Z. Effects of an Adapted Virtual Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Program on Self-Regulation in At-Risk Youth: A Program
Implementation & Evaluation.
Poster presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National
Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Paquin, J. & Eddy, E.Z. School-based Professionals’ Perceptions of Student Attention Amidst COVID-19. Virtual poster presentation at
Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy (MAOT) Annual Conference.

Handley, E.E. & Eddy, E.Z. Exploring perceived stress and self-compassion of caregivers of children with chronic conditions. Virtual
poster presentation at MAOT Annual Conference.

Kaur, M., Eddy, E.Z., Tiwari, Devashish. A Survey of Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists to Explore Practice Patterns of
Pediatric Telerehabilitation during COVID-19.
Virtual Oral Presentation at American Conference of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM).

Worek, A., Sabo, K.K., Eddy, E.Z., Plummer, L., Baldwin, J., Reidy, P., Hildebrand, M., Riotte, M., & Wong, J. (2022). Students tele-all: Self-efficacy and self-reflection as measures of student success in telepractice training. Education Sciences, 12(5):302. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12050302

Kaur, M., Eddy, E.Z., & Tiwari, D. (2022). Exploring practice patterns of pediatric telerehabilitation during COVID-19: A survey study. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2021.0506

Eddy, E.Z., Tickle-Degnen, L., & Evenson, M.E. (2021). Occupational therapy fieldwork educators: Examining professional quality of life. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 70(2), pp. 479-491. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-213586

McKinnon, S., Breakey, S., Fanuele, J.R., Kelly, D.E., Eddy, E.Z., Tarbet, A., Nicholas, P.K. & Viamonte, A. (2021). Roles of health professionals in addressing health consequences of climate change in interprofessional education: A scoping review. The Journal of Climate Change & Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joclim.2021.100086

Forde, A., Zeman, E.A., Clarke, L. (2020). Effectiveness of an intensive drowning prevention program and skills retention by children with and without disabilities. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 12(2), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.25035/ijare.12.02.05

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Awards and Honors

AOTA 2022 Service Commendation

From the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for her contributions to the Academic Education Special Interest Section (AESIS).

Advisor of the Year Award, SOTA Club 2021

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-run organization that promotes occupational therapy through community service, public relations, fundraising, and campus activities. Their mission is to serve the community in areas related to occupational therapy, while simultaneously advancing members' skills in areas such as professional development. SOTA provides its members the opportunity to connect with each other, faculty, and the community at large. 

Award for Teaching Excellence 2020

This award honors an occupational therapy IHP instructor who is dedicated and committed to enhancing the educational experience of occupational therapy students. This individual consistently integrates learning activities / research mentorship that enable students to expand their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in occupation and evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and professional reasoning.

Award for Faculty Excellence 2019

This award honors an OT faculty who is dedicated to enhancing the experience of occupational therapy students. This individual demonstrates exceptional commitment to students through teaching, advising, and/or mentoring, supporting student endeavors both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Partners in Excellence Award (Team Award), 2016

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Outpatient Performance Improvement Committee
Partners Healthcare