Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program
I was born and raised in Evansville, IN. I graduated from Saint Louis University with my Bachelors degree in Occupational Science in 2009 and Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. I earned my Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017 from Mount Mary University. I have had the opportunity to work as an Occupational Therapist in various settings and states. My current research and practice focus is in sensory processing and integration therapy. While I loves all aspects of OT, my specialized interests include Sensory Processing Disorder, OT in Primary Care practice, and Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.
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 643: Occupational Considerations of Activities of Daily Living
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.
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.
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.
Nwaneshiudu, A., Burke, K., Wood, J., Stein, S. (2013). Caring with Children with Fragile Skin, RN handout. Unpublished manuscript, University of Chicago Medicine.
Wood, Jessica. “Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy: Evaluation and Treatment.” Presented to Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL, May 2014.
Occupational Therapist license in Indiana
American Occupational Therapy Association Member
Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Member
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Member
Fieldwork Educator Certificate
Occupational Therapy Experience/Employment
University of Southern Indiana
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
(August 2017 - Present
Forefront Therapy, LLC
Director of Pediatric Therapy
(October 2016 - Present)
University of Southern Indiana
Instructor, Occupational Therapy Program
(August 2014 - August 2017)
St. Mary’s Children’s Feeding Clinic
(February 1, 2015 – Present)
University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital
The Inpatient Pediatric Occupational Therapist
PICU, NICU, PACU, Heme/Onc, Orthopedic, General Medicine
(April 2013 – July 2014)
Proficient in EPIC software
Select Medical – School based Occupational Therapist
Chicago Public Schools
(August 2012 – April 2013)
Providence Memorial Hospital – Travel OT
Outpatient Pediatrics, Outpatient Adult, Acute Care Pediatrics, Acute Care Adult
Working with a variety of children and adult clientele including developmental delay, Neurologic, Orthopedic deficits and delays.
(January 16 – May 23, 2012)
Crowell Nursing Center – Travel OT
Worked with a variety of patient clientele, including Geriatric, Orthopedic, Neurologic, at a highly skilled and productive level.
(Sept 19, 2011 – Dec 16, 2011)
SSM Rehabilitation Hospital – Occupational Therapist
Acute Therapy on floors: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Stroke, Orthopedic, Telemetry, Cardiovascular Recovery, and Intensive Care Unit
Inpatient Therapy with: Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord
(July 2010 – Sept 2011)