Regina F. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP

Regina Doherty
Interim Chair, Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-7768
Office Location: 
Shouse - 244

Regina Doherty is Associate Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Interim Chair for the Department of Occupational Therapy. She has been Program Director of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program since 2011.

A respected occupational therapist and educator, Doherty has over 25 years of experience working in interprofessional teams. Her clinical background is in acute care practice, with an emphasis on care of clients and families with complex medical and neurologic conditions. Doherty’s scholarly interests are in healthcare ethics, interprofessional education and practice, and patient – provider communication. 

Dr. Doherty is a nationally recognized speaker and the author of numerous peer-reviewed texts, articles and book chapters. She has participated on several interprofessional grants and is a peer reviewer for the Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. Doherty is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and currently serves on the AOTA Academic Leadership Council.

In her role at the MGH Institute, Dr. Doherty is the founding director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and faculty for several OT and interprofessional courses. She was recently part of a nearly one million-dollar HRSA grant focused on building collaborative interprofessional learning activities to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of clients with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Doherty serves on multiple institutional and departmental committees including the Interprofessional Curriculum Steering Committee, the Academic Leadership Council, and the OTD Curriculum Committee.


  • MGH institute of Health Professions –Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice – September 2019
  • Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association – The Catherine Trombly Award for Contribution to Occupational Therapy and Research – Awarded October 2018
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows – Outstanding Contributions in Ethics and Interprofessional Education
  • Distinguished Scholar and Fellow – Occupational Therapy Academy – National Academies of Practice
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) – Leaders and Legacy Society

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Professional Reasoning
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Acute Care Occupational Therapy Practice


BS, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
MS, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, MA
OTD, Post Professional, Tufts University, Medford, MA


Select Recent Publications

Haddad, A. M., Doherty, R.F., and Purtilo, R.D. (2019).  Health Professional and Patient Interaction, 9th Edition.  St. Louis: Elsevier. 

Doherty, R.F. (2019). Ethical Practice.  In B.A. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.) Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 13th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Cahn, P., Tuck, I., Knab, M.S., Doherty, R.F., Portney, L.G. and Johnson, A.F.  (2018): Competent in any context: An integrated model of interprofessional education, Journal of Interprofessional Care.  

Doherty, R.F., Cahn, P.S., and Knab, M.S. (2018).   Getting On the Same Page: An Interprofessional Common Reading Program as Foundation for Patient-Centered Care, Journal of Interprofessional Care.   

Slater, D., Doherty, R.F., and Erler, K. (2018).  Ethical Reasoning.  In B.A Schell & J.W. Schell (Eds) Clinical and Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy (2nd ed., pp. 225 - 244). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Doherty, R.F., and Peterson, E.W. (2016). Responsible Participation in a Profession: Fostering Professionalism and Leading for Moral Action. In B. Braveman (Ed.) An Evidence-Based Approach to Leading & Managing Occupational Therapy Services, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: FA Davis.

Doherty, R.F. and Purtilo, R.D. (2016). Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 6th Edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list of publications and presentations.


Select Recent Presentations

Doherty, R.F., Cahn, P., and Knab, M. Teaching compassion: Outcomes of an
interprofessional pre-matriculation common reading program. Compassion in Action
Healthcare Conference. Boston, MA, September 10th, 2019.  

Concordia, C., Hobbs, M., Knab, M., & Doherty, R. F., Advancing interprofessional 
education (IPE) through peer facilitation. American Occupational Therapy Association
Annual Conference & Expo. New Orleans, LA. April, 2019.

Doherty, R.F., Concordia, M. and Hardiman, K.  Implementing the Doctoral Experiential Component: Student and Faculty Perspectives on Practice and Education Based Doctoral Capstones. Panel Presentation – 2018 AOTA Education Summit, October 13th, 2018.

Doherty, R.F. and Hobbs, A.  Simulation-Based Learning: Developing Professional Reasoning through Experience and Reflection. Panel Presentation – 2018 AOTA Education Summit, October 14th, 2018.

Doherty, R.F., Knab, M. and Reidy, P.  Debriefing with an Ethical Ear: Strategies for Developing Moral Reasoning in Interprofessional Learners. Workshop Presentation – 2018 Nexus Summit.  National Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice, July 30th, 2018.

Johnson, A., Knab, M., Inzana, R. and Doherty, R.F.   Overseeing, Implementing and Evaluating an Integrated Interprofessional Curriculum:  A stepwise approach to moving from vision to action. Workshop Presentation – 2018 Nexus Summit.  National Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice, July 29th, 2018.

Reidy, P., Gona, C., Doherty, R., Knab, M., Baldwin J. and Hunsaker, E.  Integrating simulation into interprofessional education.  Workshop conducted at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Annual Conference, Washington DC, on April 22, 2017.

Doherty, R.F. and Purtilo, R.B.  Teaching Ethics in IPE Curricula:  Effective Strategies for Developing Moral Reasoning in the Health Professions. All Together Better Health.  Oxford, England.  September, 2016.


BS, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
MS, Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Medford, MA
OTD, Post Professional, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Curriculum Vitae