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

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

Regina F. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is a Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Doherty is the founding director of the EL-OTD Program and faculty for several occupational therapy and interprofessional courses.

Dr. Doherty received her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences from Springfield College, her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, and her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Tufts University. A respected occupational therapist and educator, Dr. Doherty has over 25 years of experience working in interprofessional teams in healthcare and higher education.

Dr. Doherty is an internationally recognized speaker and the author of numerous peer-reviewed texts, articles, and book chapters. Her book, Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professionals, has consistently been ranked in Amazon's top 20 medical ethics books. Dr. Doherty has participated in several interprofessional grants and is a peer reviewer for the Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. She is an active member of AOTA and currently serves on the AOTA Academic Leadership Council. She is a proud mom and avid gardener.

American Occupational Therapy Association - AOTA 2020 Interprofessional Collaboration Award
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

Professional reasoning
Interprofessional education and practice
Healthcare ethics


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


Select Recent Publications

Doherty, R. F. (2021). Ethical dimensions in the health professions (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. 

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.

Doherty, R. F. (2019). Building effective teams. In K. Jacobs (Ed.), Occupational therapy manager (6th ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

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, 32(4), 444 – 451.   

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, 32(6), 782 – 785. 


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.

Curriculum Vitae