Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program
Dr. Jessica K. Wood, OTD, OTR/L, BCP is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy whom received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Saint Louis University, and her Doctoral degree at Mount Mary University with study focused on sensory integration therapy. She is a AOTA Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics. She has a breadth of knowledge in her field including work at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital in the NICU, PICU, SICU, neurological units, orthopedic units, and burn units. Jessica moved home in 2014 to serve as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Southern Indiana. She is currently conducting pediatric research on sensory integration, presents at state/national conferences, and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed medical literature.
Education & Certifications
Mount Mary University:
Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Graduated May 2017
Saint Louis University:
Masters of Occupational Therapy – Graduated May 2010
Bachelor of Occupational Science – Graduated May 2009
Minor in Psychology – Graduated with in May 2009
OT 611: Disease & Occupation
OT 657: Specialized Evaluation Strategies
OT 671: Leadership
OT 663: Occupation Centered Practice
OT662: Professional Issues
Dr. Wood is currently conducting research with focus on Sensory Processing Disorder, specifically prevalence in the community and its impact and the connection between sensory differences and gastrointestinal dysfunction.
Dr. Wood is strongly devoted to the community and ensuring children and adults receive the therapy they need, despite ability to pay. She and Dr. Ryan Wood, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS, co-founded Forefront Therapy - The Bronstein Clinic, a nonprofit physical and occupational therapy clinic in Evansville, IN, committed to serving the community. She acts as a board member.
Wood, Jessica. "Supporting Healthcare Professionals and Families: Sensory Processing & Regulation in Children Exposed to Substances in Utero". Presented to Indiana University School of Medicine NAS ECHO, April, 2021.
Wood, Jessica. "Sensory Processing & Implications for Mental Health Care Practitioners". Presented to Ireland Home Based Services. January, 2021.
Wood, J. K. (2020). Sensory Processing Disorder: Implications for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(7), 514-516.
Wood, Jessica. (2020). AOTA Board Specialty Certification in Pediatrics. National peer-reviewed board.
Wood, Jessica. “Addressing Mental Health Care in our Community: A Sensory Integrative Approach.” College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Development Award (CNHPFDA). University of Southern Indiana. January 2018.
Wood, Jessica. “Healthcare Academia & Community Team Up to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Our Children.” 2018 Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award. University of Southern Indiana. January 2018.
Wood, Jessica. “Community Based Occupational Therapy Program for Families of Children with Sensory and Gastrointestinal Differences”, Doctoral Portfolio and Presentation, Mount Mary University, May 2017.
Wood, Jessica. “Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integrative Therapy with Gastrointestinal issues”. Presented to the Southwest Indiana Physical Therapy Association meeting, May 2017.
Nwaneshiudu, A., Burke, K., Wood, J., Stein, S. (2013). Caring with Children with Fragile Skin, RN protocol and handout. Unpublished manuscript, University of Chicago Medicine.
Wood, Jessica & Nunning, Jennifer. “Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Students Dive into Intraprofessional Collaboration.” Poster Presentation at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 2019.
Wood, Jessica. “The Therapeutic Use of Self: A Crucial Component In Occupational Therapy Education: A Simulation Activity Focused on Reflective Practice.” Poster Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2019.
Arvin, Mary Kay & Wood, Jessica. “OT & OTA Students Learn Effective Collaboration through Online and Face-to-face Learning Activities.” Poster Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2017.
Wood, Jessica, Butler, Ryan, & Carey, Rebecca G. “Understanding ADHD & Sensory Processing Differences: Helping Caregivers Realize They Are The Superheroes. An Occupational Therapy Perspective.” Presented at the 4C Spring Conference, Evansville, IN, March 2016.
Wood, Jessica & Hobbs, Rick. “April is OT Month”. 2015 The Major as Home Grant. University of Southern Indiana. November 2015.
Enix, D., E., Flaherty, J. H., Sudkamp, K., Schulz, J. (2011). Grand Rounds: Balance Problems in the Geriatric Patient. Topics in Integrative Health Care, Vol. 2(1) ID: 2.1002.
Occupational Therapist license in Indiana
American Occupational Therapy Association Member
Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Member
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Member
Occupational Therapy Experience/Employment
University of Southern Indiana
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
(August 2017 - Present)
Forefront Therapy - The Bronstein Clinic
Nonprofit Co-founder, Board Member
Forefront Therapy, LLC
Co-Owner, Director of Pediatric Therapy
(October 2016 - Present)
University of Southern Indiana
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Program
St. Mary’s Children’s Feeding Clinic
University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Chicago Public Schools, School based Occupational Therapist
Providence Memorial Hospital – Travel OT
Outpatient Pediatric, Occupational Therapist
Crowell Nursing Center – Travel OT
Skilled Nursing Facility, Occupational Therapist
SSM Rehabilitation Hospital – Occupational Therapist
Acute Care, Occupational Therapist