University of Southern Indiana

Jessica Wood

Jessica Wood, OTD, OTR

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program

Stone Family Center for Health Sciences - 3045

About Me

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.

 Recent Publications

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 Unpublished manuscript, University of Chicago Medicine.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.

 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

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
Occupational Therapist                                                  
(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)


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