Regina F. Doherty, OT, OTD, OTR, FAOTA, FNAP, is Dean of Interprofessional Education and Practice at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is also a Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. A respected occupational therapist and educator, Dr. Doherty has over 30 years of experience working in interprofessional teams in healthcare and higher education.

Dr. Doherty received a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences from Springfield College, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and a post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Prior to joining the Institute in 2012 as the Founding Director of the Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, she held a full-time faculty position at Tufts University and a clinical appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specialized in care of hospitalized adult and pediatric patients with a variety of diagnoses, including complex medical and neurological conditions.

Dr. Doherty has published and presented widely on the topics of health care ethics and interprofessional collaborative practice. She is the author of peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and textbooks, including the best-selling Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 7th Edition, and Health Professional Patient Interaction, which was released in its 10th Edition in 2023. Dr. Doherty has participated in several interprofessional grants and is a peer reviewer for a variety of scholarly publications and portals, including the Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. She is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and currently serves on the AOTA Academic Leadership Council. A Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a Distinguished Fellow and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice, Doherty has been recognized with several regional and national awards, including the AOTA Award for Interprofessional Collaboration in 2020 and the Catherine Trombly Award for Contributions to OT Education and Research in 2018.

  • BS, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • OTD, Post Professional, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • Professional reasoning
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Healthcare ethics

Dr. Doherty has published numerous interprofessional textbooks and scholarly papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Doherty's publications in her CV. 

Importance of Interprofessional Education for Occupational Therapy.

Outcomes of an Interprofessional Peer Facilitators Program

Health Professional and Patient Interaction 

Getting on the same page: An interprofessional common reading program as foundation for patient – centered care


In addition, Dr. Doherty regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Infusing JEDI Competencies in Interprofessional Education to Build a More Just Healthcare Workforce at the 2024 Gold Humanism Summit: The Person in Front of You. 

Shaping attitudes and behaviors for collaborative practice with interprofessional peer facilitators at National Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice NEXUS Summit. 

Teaching compassion: Outcomes of an interprofessional pre-matriculation common reading program at Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference. 

Implementing the Doctoral Experiential Component: Student and faculty perspectives on practice and education based doctoral capstones at American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit.

Debriefing with an ethical ear: Strategies for developing moral reasoning in interprofessional learners at National Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice NEXUS Summit. 

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Awards and Honors

AOTA Interprofessional Collaboration Award 2020

This award recognizes occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who demonstrate exemplary interprofessional collaboration in order to provide client-centered care, provide innovation in health professional education, or improve health outcomes through research.

Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice 2019

This award honors an individual or team that has distinguished itself in advancing interprofessional education or practice (IPE/P) within, or in collaboration with, MGH Institute of Health Professions.    

The Catherine Trombly Award for Contribution to Occupational Therapy and Research 2018

Awarded to an Occupational Therapy Association of Massachusetts (MAOT) member who has made a significant contribution to occupational therapy practice while exhibiting excellence in a special practice area, education, research, administration and service.

Leaders and Legacy Society Inductee 2015

American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

AOTA Roster of Fellows - Outstanding Contributions in Ethics and Interprofessional Education 2014

Established in 1973, the Roster of Fellows recognizes occupational therapists who through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and/or guidance have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services and/or members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Distinguished Scholar and Fellow 2014

Occupational Therapy Academy - National Academies of Practice