Following a national search, Caitlin Esposito, OTD, OTR/L, has been named the new chair and program director for Le Moyne Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy program. She began in the role at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

As chair, her responsibilities include curriculum development, strategic planning, scheduling evaluation, budgeting, selection and supervision of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation standards and student advising. She will also teach as an assistant professor.

"Caitlin brings a broad array of skills and attributes to this role," said Margaret Wells, PhD, RN, ANP-BC. "As both a practitioner and educator, she understands the practical and theoretical aspects of being an occupational therapist, while her familiarity with Le Moyne's program has prepared her well for this role."

Prior to being named chair, Caitlin has been involved with Le Moyne's OT program in a number of ways, including serving as an academic fieldwork coordinator from 2015 to 2018, teaching several courses and student advising. A member of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association, Caitlin spent more than a decade in clinical practice in the areas of community based mental health and sub-acute rehabilitation. She received her bachelor's and master's from Quinnipiac University and her doctorate in OT from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

“Despite the ever changing landscape of healthcare, the ability of occupational therapy professionals to work with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings continues to make occupational therapy a sought after and much needed profession” said Caitlin. “Although Le Moyne’s program is relatively young, I believe it is well positioned to graduate highly skilled and deeply compassionate practitioners who are able to meet both the current and emerging occupational needs of our society.”