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Jennifer Summers

Clinical Associate Professor , Occupational Therapy

Doctoral Capstone Coordinator , Occupational Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 356 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Summers serves as the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy. She has teaching experience from Grand Valley State University and University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where she was also a Senior Faculty Development Specialist.

Dr. Summers has clinical experience as an OT and OTA in a multitude of settings including acute care, subacute care, inpatient and community mental health, home health, and non-traditional settings such as in domestic violence shelters, prison systems, and other community environments. Her research endeavors include projects related to sexuality and disability, voting accessibility, advocacy training, and inclusive teaching practices.

Selected Publications

“Implications of the Affordable Care Act for occupational therapy practitioners providing services to Medicare recipients”, American Journal of Occupational Therapy

“Culturally competent interventions to address obesity among African American and Latino children and youth”, Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Leadership in the Profession

Texas Occupational Therapy Association , Political Action Committee Chair (2020-2022)

Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, Advocacy Committee Chair (2016-2019)

Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, Public Policy Director (2015-2019)

Notable Honors

2018 - Kimboko Inclusion Award , Grand Valley State University

2017 & 2018 - Service Award , Michigan Occupational Therapy Association

2016 - Legislative Award, Michigan Occupational Therapy Association

2015 - Student Achievement Award , AHS University of Illinois at Chicago


OTD (post professional), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
MS, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
BS, Behavioral Science, Grand Valley State University, 2010
AAS, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Grand Rapids Community College, 2001