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

Regina Doherty
Interim Chair, Associate 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. 

A respected occupational therapist and educator, Doherty has over 24 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.

Dr. Doherty is a nationally recognized speaker and the author of numerous peer-reviewed texts, articles and book chapters. Doherty has participated on several interprofessional grants and is a peer reviewer for 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.

In her role at the MGH Institute, Dr. Doherty is the founding director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program and faculty for several interprofessional courses. She is currently 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 clients with multiple chronic conditions clients. Dr. Doherty serves on multiple institutional and departmental committees including the Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Interprofessional Curriculum Steering Committee, the Academic Leadership Council, and the OTD Admissions Committee. 


  • 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
  • Ethics
  • Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Acute Care Occupational Therapy Practice


Select 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.

Connor, L.T., Doherty, R.F. and Evenson, M.E. (2016). A Holistic Portfolio-Based System to Evaluation Occupational Therapy Student Competency. COTEC-ENOTHE Joint Congress. Galway, Ireland.  

Doherty, R.F. and Purtilo, R.D. (2015). Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 6th Edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.

Doherty, R. (2015) Clinical Reasoning as Signature Pedagogy in OT: Teaching and Evaluating Ways of Thinking. Platform presentation. AOTA Education Summit, Denver, Colorado.

Purtilo, R.D., Haddad, A.M., and Doherty, R.F. (2014) Health Professional and Patient Interaction, 8th Edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.

Doherty, R.F. (2014). Ethical Practice.  In B.A. Schell, M. Scaffa & G. Gillen (Eds.) Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 12th Edition. New York: Lippincott, Williams and Walkins.

See Curriculum Vitae for complete list of publications and presentations.


Select Presentations

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.

Concordia, M., Major, J., and Doherty, R.F.  Design, Health, and Participation: Landscape Architecture and Occupational Therapy.  Poster Presentation – All Together Better Health.  Auckland, New Zealand.  September 2018. 

Schoessow, K., Campbell, S., Krimsky, S. and Doherty, R.F.  Use of Simulated Patients and Video Feedback to Develop Therapeutic Use of Self in Occupational Therapy Students. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress.  Cape Town, South Africa. May, 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.

Doherty, R., Knab, M., Reidy, P., Baldwin, J., Hunsaker, E., and Gona, C.  Simulation-based learning: effective strategies for developing critical thinking in interprofessional teams. Workshop conducted at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, on April 1, 2017.

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