Tracy Van Oss

Name and Contact

  • Tracy Van Oss

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • Doctor of Health Science degree

  • Master in Public Health degree

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communication

  • Degree in occupational therapy from QU

  • Community Health Education Specialist (CHES)

  • AOTA Specialty Certification in Environmental Modification

  • Certificate in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)

  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, in 2019

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Full clinical professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at Quinnipiac University (QU).

  • Dementia care; person-centered care and culture change

  • OT education (OTA, OT, and post-professional OTD)

  • Fall prevention, home safety, and community mobility to support aging in place

  • Community program development

  • Scholarship of practice and applying Model of Human Occupation, Intentional Relationship Model

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow with the American Occupational Therapy Association

  • AOTA’s International Service Award (2020) for work with the United Nations, Nobel Peace Summits, and sustained interprofessional service learning opportunities in Barbados

Leadership Accomplishments and Passions

  • Leadership roles for the Home and Community Special Interest Section and the Board and Specialty Certification

  • Locally, she holds a leadership position for the Connecticut Occupational Therapy and Public Health Associations and Connecticut Area Health Education Center Network (AHEC)

  • Board member for the Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven, as well as for the Albert Schweitzer Institute at QU

  • Co-chair of the Community and Civic Engagement Committee for Quinnipiac University

  • Developed interprofessional service learning courses and opportunities focusing on community-based health and wellness in local and international venues.

  • Numerous publications and presentations, and is vigilant to include students in every step of her scholarship pursuits.

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