Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy | Chair of Occupational Therapy & OTD Program Director
BS Health Studies, Utica College
MS Occupational Therapy, Utica College
Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Chatham University
Dr. Brittany Adams joined the faculty at Western New England University in 2017 during as an inaugural faculty member of the program. Prior to this, Dr. Adams worked in multiple settings, primarily with the adult and aging population and in management positions. These settings include skilled nursing, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health, as well as some work as a travelling occupational therapist. She also has experience working in school-based occupational therapy. Dr. Adams is an active member of AOTA and serves as the Clerk for the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (MAOT).
Dr. Adams's primary areas of clinical interest include neurorehabilitation, physical disabilities, and seating and positioning, with an emerging interest in driving rehabilitation. Dr. Adams engages learners in the classroom-laboratory setting teaching a foundational skills-based course and a leadership/entrepreneurship course. Additionally, Dr. Adams is serving as faculty mentor and guiding students through the development of a student-led pro bono OT center called the BEAR PAW (Bringing Equity Accessibility and Rehabilitation to People Achieving Wellness) Center. Dr. Adams’ research interests include leadership development and the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically related to occupational therapy education, and the ways in which graduate students are impacted by internal and external factors and can be most successful as learners in an OT program. A specific area of research recently has been on the value of trauma-informed pedagogy in higher education. Embedded within these interests is a drive to empower students to become future leaders. When Dr. Adams has free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, and most of all, spending time with her husband, Nick, sons, Jack and Weston, and dog, Denver.