Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
Office: Blake Law Center Room 230G
- BS Occupational Therapy, Worcester State College
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University
Laura Graves 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, Laura 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. Graves worked in multiple settings, primarily with the adult and aging population, specifically Dementia care, and in management positions. These settings include skilled nursing facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, and home health care. She has also experience working in school-based occupational therapy.
Dr. Graves is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Graves’ primary areas of interest include aging in place, and Dementiacare. Dr. Graves engages students in the classroom-laboratory setting teaching in the Adult & Aging lab, as well as evaluation courses, and co-teaching the Intro to OT class,a fully on-line learning environment. Additionally, Dr. Graves is responsible for supervising students at clinical sites where she is utilizing a transformative approach to Level 1 Fieldwork that includes a focus on interprofessionalism in practice. Dr. Graves 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. Graves 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. Personal interests include traveling, caring for her 2 young boys, New England sports, and socializing with family and friends that are like family.