Divya Sood, OTD, OTR/L

  Associate Professor
  708-534-6977 ext. 6977
  Office Location: G137
  Office Hours: By Appointment Only
  College: CHHS
  Occupational Therapy

As occupational therapy practitioners, we strive to promote participation of individuals in occupations that are meaningful for them, with a special consideration on the environments in which they are embedded.

The focus of my research work is to explore, identify and understand how physical, social and cultural components of the environments can shape participation patterns of children with disabilities. Information derived from this exploration continues to help me develop intervention models for caregivers of children with disabilities. These intervention models are designed to enhance the caregivers’ abilities to generate strategies to promote participation of children in various contexts such as the home, school and community environments. Governors State University has given me the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral students in occupational therapy, as well as the surrounding community, to develop and implement intervention models to enhance participation among children with disabilities within their home, school and community environments.

I have a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree from Manipal University in India and a Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. At Governors State University, within the program of occupational therapy, I enjoy teaching research courses such as quantitative research, qualitative research and introduction to research. The outcomes of these courses are to prepare both entry-level MOT students and advanced doctoral students to be evidence-based practitioners so that they can be our future agents of change who believe in and strive for evidence-based practice! The most exciting part of my position at GSU is collaborating  with DrOT students to develop and implement doctoral capstone projects; this gives me an opportunity to incorporate scholarship into practice.

At GSU, I am involved in committees at the department and college level. I particularly value being a part of committees at the Family Development Center, which is a part of Governors State University, such as their Strategic Planning Committee, Health Services Advisory Committee and Outcomes Committee. I also serve as a conference proposal reviewer for both the National and State conferences for occupational therapy and as a reviewer for the International Journal of Doctoral Education.