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Laura Graves Wheeler

 
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy

Email:     laura.graves@wne.edu
Phone:   413-782-1459
Office:    Blake Law Center Room 230G

 

  • BS Occupational Therapy, Worcester State College
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University

Dr. Laura Graves Wheeler graduated from Worcester State College with a BS in Occupational Therapy. After years in practice and while employed as a full-time occupational therapist and adjunct professor, Dr. Wheeler went on to earn her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Quinnipiac University. Prior to joining the faculty at Western New England University, Dr. Wheeler worked in multiple settings and management positions, primarily with the adult and aging population, with specific focus on dementia care. These settings include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health care. She also has work experience in school-based occupational therapy.

Dr. Wheeler is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, with primary areas of interest including aging in place and dementia care. Dr. Graves engages students in the Adult & Aging Practice classroom-laboratory setting, the Evaluation course series as well as the program’s Intro to OT online course. Additionally, Dr. Wheeler is responsible for supervising students at clinical sites where she is utilizing a transformative approach to Level 1 Fieldwork which includes a focus on interprofessionalism in practice. Dr. Wheeler is also involved on campus as a mentor for Western New England University’s Success First program, a mentorship program for first-generation college students. Dr. Wheeler has also been selected to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s New Educator Mentorship program where she is learning from long-standing professional educators.

Laura’s personal interests include traveling, caring for her two young boys, cheering for New England sports, and socializing with family and friends who are like family.