Dr. Pizzi teaches mental health theory and practice, health and wellness, community-based practice and leadership courses. He developed the first childhood obesity occupation and client-centered assessment which has been utilized nationally and is being translated into Hebrew, Chinese and Spanish. He has published many peer reviewed journal articles and chapters on topics including HIV rehabilitation, hospice, entrepreneurship, and childhood obesity and was a forerunner in these areas. He has presented over 100 lectures, workshops and keynote addresses focusing on advancing occupational therapy practice in the area of health and well-being. Dr. Pizzi co-edited the OT textbook “Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness” which is used internationally. Dr. Pizzi believes in developing a spirited and collaborative teaching environment where students can actively learn, utilize their creativity, and apply knowledge for the betterment of society. Dr. Pizzi takes great pride in mentoring future clinical scholars. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and reviewer for the occupational therapy journals for the Australian, Scandinavian and OT in Health Care journals. Dr. Pizzi is also an Equity actor and producer of various musical events to raise money and awareness for various disability related charities including his own Touching Humanity, Inc. He can be contacted via www.michaelpizzi.com or www.touchinghumanityinc.org.