Rebecca Nicholson, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education


Professional Background

Rebecca Nicholson, OTD, OTR/L, teaches courses in lifespan development, planning and intervention in occupational therapy, evaluation and assessment of occupational performance, case-based clinical reasoning, and community and family service systems. In addition to her faculty position as a clinical assistant professor, Nicholson has provided occupational therapy services in school-based settings for more than 25 years.

She also serves as the Master of Occupational Therapy program's academic fieldwork coordinator and is a trainer for fieldwork education for the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Nicholson has supervised fieldwork students in the delivery of occupational therapy services in underserved areas of southeast Kansas. Also in the southwest Kansas region, she has recruited and trained occupational therapists for the ANW Special Education Cooperative. She has presented on the use of telementoring to support fieldwork students in rural practice at the annual National American Occupational Therapy Association Conference.

Academic Background

Following a bachelor’s in occupational therapy in 1985, Nicholson earned a master’s in special education in 1994, both from the University of Kansas. In 2011 she completed a clinical doctoral degree in occupational therapy at KU. Nicholson was awarded the Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Research Focus

Nicholson's area of research involves the use of telecommunication to support fieldwork educators and students.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document


Selected Publications

Nicholson, R. ( In Press). Best Practices in School Occupational Therapy Fieldwork.  In G. Frolek-Clark and B. Chandler (Eds).  Best Practice in Occupational Therapy in Schools., Baltimore, MD., AOTA.

Nicholson, R., Foster, L., Sabata, D.(In press). Occupational therapy helping kids just have fun.  Exceptional Parent.

Dunn, W., Nicholson, R., Cox, J. A., Pope, E., & Rinner, L. (2011), Best Practice Occupational Therapy Evaluation. In W. Dunn (Ed), Best Practice in Occupational Therapy for Children and Families in Community Settings, Second Edition, (pp.91-122), Thorofare, NJ., Slack Inc

Thorne, D., Smith, M. Sarracino, T., Nicholson, R. (2011). Writing team-based IEP goals to promote participation in school-based settings, 18, (2), Special Interest Section Quarterly, Early Intervention & School.

Brown, C., & Nicholson, R. (2010). Sensory skills. In Brown, C. & Stoffel, V.(Eds.)Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, (pp.280-297). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Bigby, L., Neal, J., & Nicholson, R. (2004). Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and orientation and mobility services in public schools. Intervention in School & Clinic, 39(4), 218-222


Selected Presentations

Nicholson, R., Davisson, K., Furman R.,(2013).  Using telecommunication to collaborate with fieldwork educators in ther interpretation of the sensory profile.  Poster Presentation at The American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2013.

Foster, L., Sabata, D., Nicholson, R.(2013).  Infusing Psychosocial Content in Service Learning Activities: Strategies for Successful Outcomes.  Presentation at The American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2013.

Icenogel, J. & Nicholson, R. (2013). Assessing professional growth assessment in occupational therapy education.  Poster Presentation at The American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2013.

Gagnon, K & Nicholson, R. (2013).  Clinical decision-making for children with chronic conditions and lifelong disabilities: strategies for prioritizing outcomes, providing effective and efficient interventions, and promoting participation and wellness. Workshop presentation at Lee’s Summit School District, April 2013.

Gagnon, K & Nicholson, R. (2012).  Clinical decision-making for children with chronic conditions and lifelong disabilities: strategies for prioritizing outcomes, providing effective and efficient interventions, and promoting participation and wellness. Workshop presentation at Capper Foundation November 2012.

Nicholson, R., Fricker, D., Chapman, A, & Bassham, L. (2012).  Using telecommunication to support rural school based practice. Presentation at The American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2012.

Nicholson, R. & Reiling, K. (2012).  Facilitating evidence based practice in pediatric and rehabilitation settings. Poster Presentation at The American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2012.

Nicholson, R., Fricker, D., (2011).  Using telecommunication to support level II fieldwork experiences in school based practice. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference 2012.

Last modified: Oct 22, 2013

Rebecca Nicholson

Contact

Rebecca Nicholson, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor

P: (913) 588-7330
F: (913) 588-4568
bnicholson@kumc.edu

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