Name and Contact
Rita P. Fleming-Castaldy
Training and Advanced Certifications
PhD, Occupational Therapy, New York University (NYU), 2008
Post-Professional MA, Occupational Therapy, NYU, 1988
BS, Occupational Therapy, NYU, 1980
Area(s) of Expertise
Disability rights, public policy, social justice, and empowerment
Program, curriculum, and faculty development
Community-based and mental health practice
Historical and information literacy
Certification exam preparation
Ethics and leadership
Awards and Honors
Professor Emeritus, University of Scranton, 2019
Provost Award for Excellence in Scholarly Publications, University of Scranton, 2018
AOTA Award for Excellence in the Advancement of OT for “advancing disability rights, empowerment, and historical literacy”, 2017.
Reba Anderson Memorial Lecture, 2017
AOTF Leaders and Legacies Society, 2016
AOTA Roster of Fellows for “education and advocacy”, 2002
NYSOTA Merit of Practice in Mental Health, 2005 and 2000
AOTA Award of Appreciation, 1994
AOTF Scholar in Residence, 1987
Editor-in-Chief for the AOTA centennial OTArchive project.
Chairperson for the OT L&LS History Preservation Project.
Author and/or co-author of 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 book chapters and other professional publications.
Editor of ten books; several published for decades with multiple editions.
Author and/or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations on areas of expertise at occupational therapy and interdisciplinary international, national, and state conferences.
Editorial board member and/or peer reviewer for AJOT, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Peer reviewer for international, national, and state conferences and seminal professional and continuing education publications for over 30 years.
Founding member and recording secretary for the NYSOTA Political Action Committee
Promoting disability rights, empowerment, and OT historical literacy.
Enabling accountability and excellence in the profession’s education, practice, and scholarship.
Mentoring students, entry-level practitioners, and emerging scholars.