University of Southern Indiana

Jessica Wood

Jessica Wood, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program

Stone Family Center for Health Sciences - 3045

About Me

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. 

 Professional Organizations

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
Occupational Therapist                                                  

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 


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