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Faculty and Staff

 


Administration and Staff

JASON HUGHES

 

JASON HUGHES, PHD, MS, OTR, CWCE

FOUNDING PROGRAM DIRECTOR
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Phone: 865.338.5677

Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    PhD Applied Health Sciences, Augusta University

    Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Milligan College

    Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Morehead State University

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    App Development & Virtual Reality

    Upper Extremity Orthopedics

    Interprofessional Education

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Jason Hughes joined Lincoln Memorial University in December 2018 as the Founding Director and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Before coming to LMU, Dr. Hughes was an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia). He has worked in many types of settings, including upper extremity orthopedics and mild traumatic brain injury with the Department of Defense. While at Augusta University, Dr. Hughes served as the Director of Industrial Rehabilitation conducting Functional Capacity Evaluations. Dr. Hughes created the app OT Kinesiology Pro Consult, a free app developed to aid in the instruction of how to measure joint range of motion. The app won the Gold Medal in Educational Technology at the USA App Awards. He is married with three children.

     

    Dr. Hughes earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Applied Health Sciences from Augusta University. He earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Milligan College. His bachelor’s degree is in Exercise Science with an emphasis in kinesiology. Dr. Hughes has several peer-reviewed publications and has presented both nationally and internationally on topics including 3D printing, virtual reality, and interprofessional education.

     

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

  •   SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Hughes, J., Allen, A., McLane, T., Stewart, J., Heboyan, V., De Leo, G. (2019). Interprofessional Education among Occupational Therapy programs: Faculty perceptions of challenges and opportunities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. doi: 73(1):7301345010p1-7301345010p6.

    Hughes, J., Wang, YC., Benevides, T., Iwama, M., Kearney, P., Lehman, L. (2018). Risk Stratification of Patients with Elbow, Wrist, or Hand Orthopedic Impairments Seeking Outpatient Therapy Services. Journal of Orthopedic Research and Therapy. doi: 10.29011/2575-8241. 001105

    Hughes, J. K., & Kearney, P. (2017). Impact of an iDevice application on student learning in an occupational therapy kinesiology course. mHealth, 3(10). doi: 10.21037/,health.2017.08.02.

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 DON LEWIS, OTD, MBA-HCM, MS, OTR

  Associate Program DIRECTOR 
  associate pROFESSOR OF oCCUPATIONAL tHERAPY

  Phone: 865.338.5683

  Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Doctor of Education, Lincoln Memorial University (in progress)

    Doctor of Occupational Therapy with Emphasis in Orthopedics, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

    Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management, Liberty University

    Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Milligan College

    Bachelor of Science in Political Science, East Tennessee State University

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Leadership and Management

    Upper Extremity Orthopedics

    Interprofessional Education

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Don Lewis joined Lincoln Memorial University in January 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. He has over ten years of previous academic experience as an assistant program director, core faculty member, and adjunct faculty member for institutions in both Tennessee and Florida.  Prior to joining academia, Dr. Lewis served as the Occupational Therapy Manager and Hand and Upper Extremity Clinical Coordinator for a large physician-owned medical practice in Northeast Tennessee. He has practiced primarily in upper extremity orthopedics since 2007. In addition to orthopedics, Dr. Lewis worked in industrial rehabilitation conducting both Functional Capacity Evaluations, pre-employment job screening, and overseeing the work hardening program for his clinic.  He is retired from the U.S. Army and is married with two children.

    Dr. Lewis is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Lincoln Memorial University with a concentration in higher education and executive leadership. He earned his post professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with an emphasis in Orthopedics in 2008. Additionally, he has a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Liberty University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Milligan College. While at Milligan College, Dr. Lewis conducted an individual thesis on the utilization of Tae Kwon Do as an adjunct treatment for children with ADHD. His bachelor’s degree is in Political Science with an emphasis in legal studies.

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, and Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

  •   SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Lewis, D. (2018). Tendon rehabilitation: Factors affecting outcomes and current concepts. Current Orthopaedic Practice, (29)2, 100-104.

Alicia Belt

 

 

ALICIA BELT, BSP

Clinical Education Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 865.338.5679

Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Towson University.

  •   BACKGROUND

    Ms. Alicia Belt joined the Occupational Therapy Program team in January 2021. Previously she worked in a multi-disciplinary therapy clinic with Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Licensed Massage Therapists. She also has experience in the field of mental health. She is excited to be working in the OTD program and looks forward to contributing to the Fieldwork experience.

     Ms. Belt enjoys crafting, hiking, and spending time with her two children.

KATHY CHUMLEY

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Phone: 865.338.5731

Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Certification, Ohio State University

    Business Administration and Management Certification, Port Huron School of Business

  •   BACKGROUND

    Ms. Kathy Chumley joined the Occupational Therapy Program team in April 2022. Previously, she worked with a CPA firm specializing in corporate accounting and taxes. She also has experience in the field of Medical Transcription. She is happy to be a part of the OTD program and looks forward to providing support to our cohorts.

    Ms. Chumley is orginially from Harrogate, Tennessee and enjoys visiting her family in Harrogate and Cumberland Gap. In her free time, she enjoys family genealogy, crocheting and spending time with her family. 

Laurana Lehman

LAURANA LEHMAN, BS

Admissons and community relations Coordinator

Phone: 865.338.5754

Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Events, Ball State University.

  •   BACKGROUND

    Ms. Laurana Lehman joined the Occupational Therapy Program team in October 2021. Prior to LMU, Ms. Lehman worked in a variety of hospitality and sales management positions in Florida and East Tennessee. She also has experience planning events that focused on connecting with the East Tennessee community. 

    Ms. Lehman enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and taking trips to Walt Disney World. 

 



Faculty

Elizabeth Schmidt

 ELIZABETH SCHMIDT, PhD, OTR/L

 Director of Research
 Assistant pROFESSOR OF oCCUPATIONAL tHERAPY

 Phone:  865.338.5687

 Email:  [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    PhD Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ohio State University

    Master of Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Lindenwood University

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Sexual and reproductive health education

    Relationship education 

    Pre- and post-natal education

    Neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Autism

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Elizabeth K. Schmidt joined Lincoln Memorial University in August 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Before coming to LMU, Dr. Schmidt was a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University in the Families and Autism Research Lab studying interventions and supports used for diploma-track autistic students and developing a program to support sibling involvement in future planning for autistic adults. She completed her dissertation on the Usability and Feasibility of an Enhanced Sexual Health Education Program for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Ohio State University. Dr. Schmidt is currently funded by the National Institutes of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research to conduct qualitative research with LGBTQIA+ autistic adults to better understand the supports and barriers to community participation using a participatory research study design. Dr. Schmidt has several peer-reviewed publications and national presentations on topics related to sexual health, reproductive health, and relationships for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Dr. Schmidt has worked in schools, outpatient, and specialty clinics as a pediatric occupational therapy practitioner. Specifically, she worked in the NICU follow-up, cerebral palsy, cardiac, international adoption and stroke clinics. She is certified in the Prechtl General Movements Assessment. Dr. Schmidt has peer-reviewed publications, textbook chapter publications, and presentations on pediatric practice, specifically in the area of motor evaluation and treatment.

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, American Public Health Association, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the International Society for Autism Research. She currently serves as the Communications Chair for the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association and the Secretary of the Students and Early Career Professionals interest network for the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is married with one son.

  •   SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Schmidt, E. K., Hand, B. N., Havercamp, S., Sommerich, C., Weaver, L., & Darragh, A. (2021). Sex education practices for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A qualitative study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 7503180060. https://doi.org/10.5014/ ajot.2021.044859

    Krempley, T. & Schmidt, E.K. (2021). Assessing Activity of Daily Living Task Performance Among Autistic Adults. Autism and Adulthood, 3(1). DOI: 10.1089/aut.2020.0042

    Tanner, K. J., Schmidt, E. K., Martin, K., & Bassi, M., (2020). Systematic Review on Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth (Ages 0-5 Years). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(2), 1-40. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.039644.   

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COLLEEN BULLEN, OTD, OTR/L

ACADEMIC FIELDWORK COORDINATOR
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Phone: 865.338.5725

Email: [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Doctor of Occupational Therapy, University of Toledo

    Bachelor of Science, University of Toledo

    Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice, University of Toledo

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Interprofessional Education

    Fieldwork Education

    Pediatrics

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Colleen Bullen joined Lincoln Memorial University in January 2021 as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor.  Prior to joining the LMU team, Dr. Bullen practiced mostly in the area of pediatrics.   She also has experience in the areas of neurology, orthopedics, and acute care.  She has taken several Level I and Level II fieldwork students over the past 13 years. 

    Dr. Bullen is new to the realm of Academia and looks forward to educating students on how to be successful during Fieldwork experiences.  She is excited about the interdisciplinary approach the LMU program is taking and is looking forward to expanding the knowledge of the local community about Occupational Therapy.  

    Dr. Bullen spends her free time with her husband and two children.  She enjoys reading, hiking, and running.

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, and Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

Jillian Pindar

JILLIAN PINDAR, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant PROFESSOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

 Phone:  865.338.5779

 Email:  [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University 

    Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation, Central Michigan University 

    Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Central Michigan University 

  •   RESEARCH INTEREST

    Adaptive Sports  

    Neurodegenerative conditions 

    Medically complex patient care 

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Jillian Pindar joined Lincoln Memorial University in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Before coming to LMU, Dr. Pindar served in adjunct faculty and lab instructor roles at East Tennessee State University and the University of Saint Augustine Health Sciences. She also worked clinically in Florida and East Tennessee. 

    Dr. Pindar has worked in many types of settings including the acute care setting as an intensive care unit therapist, inpatient rehabilitation with individuals with traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular accident, as well as skilled nursing facility settings. 

    Dr. Pindar earned her occupational therapy doctorate from Creighton University. She holds two bachelor of science degrees in Therapeutic Recreation and Child Development from Central Michigan University.     

    Dr. Pindar spends her free time with her husband and two dogs, preferably outside. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, and cooking.  

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the American Occupational Therapy Association 

Emma Sabransky

EMMA SABRANSKY, OTD, OTR/L

assistant PROFESSOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

 Phone:  865.338.5782

 Email:  [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University

    Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Metacognition

    Interprofessional Education

    Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Disorders of Consciousness)

    Neurorehabilitation

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Emma Sabransky joined Lincoln Memorial University in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Prior to coming to LMU, Dr. Sabransky was a lecturer for Ohio State University and practiced part-time in adult neurorehabilitation. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member for Xavier University.

    Dr. Sabransky completed the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Neurologic Fellowship at Ohio State University in 2019-2020, gaining both independent and mentored experience working with patients with neurologic diagnoses, including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Sabransky has clinical experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation.

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Deborah Zeitlin

DEBORAH ZEITLIN, OTD, OTR/L

assistant PROFESSOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Phone:  865.338.5781 

Email:  [email protected]

  •   EDUCATION

    Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University

    MS Occupational Therapy, Rush University

    MA Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    BA Psychology, North Central College

  •   RESEARCH INTERESTS

    School-based practice

    Pediatrics

    Executive functioning/Self-regulation

  •   BACKGROUND

    Dr. Deborah Zeitlin joined Lincoln Memorial University in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Before coming to LMU, Dr. Zeitlin worked as an adjunct faculty member at North Central College within the Psychology and Neuroscience Department. 

    Dr. Zeitlin has worked in schools and outpatient pediatrics. She has experience in neurology, orthopedics, and rehab. Additionally, she has experience working as a research psychologist. Dr. Zeitlin spends her free time with her family. She enjoys dancing, exercising, gardening, and reading.  

    Professional memberships include the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association, and Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

  •   SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Maitra, K., Hall, C., Kalish, T., Anderson, M., Dugan, E., Rehak, J., et al. (2010). Research Scholars Initiative— Five-year retrospective study of inpatient occupational therapy outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 689–694. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2010.090204