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Bonnie R. Decker

  • Associate Professor
    Occupational Therapy Florida

Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA)

  • DOCCT 815 Occupational Science and Analysis (Summer)
  • DOCCT 843 Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities I (Fall)
  • DOCCT 845 Research Seminar I (Fall)
  • DOCCT 853 Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities II (Spring)
  • DOCCT 835 Research Process (Spring)
  • DOCCT 859 Direct Independent Study (Spring)



University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. EdD – Major: Educational Leadership. 
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. Completed coursework toward a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education - ABD. 
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Master of Health Science - Major: Occupational Therapy. 
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Bachelor of Science - Major: Occupational Therapy. 

  • Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association. 2015.
  • Faculty Merit Award, University of St. Augustine, 2005.
  • Service Award – AOTA, 1994-2000 service to the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators
  • Service Award – AOTA, 1992-1995 service on the Professional Enhancement Project Committee.
  • Faculty Merit Award, University of Central Arkansas, 1993-4.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship, University of Florida, 1989.
  • Recipient of the President's Recognition Award, University of Florida, 1989.
  • Winner of the Alice C. Jantzen Graduate Student Paper competition at the Great Southern Occupational Therapy Conference, 1988.

Higher Education Experience

  • Gannon University, Associate Professor, OTD program. 
  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences; Assistant & Asssociate Professor, MOT Program
  • University of Central Arkansas; Instructor, MOT Program.
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center; Instructor, MOT Program
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center; Instructor; MHS - OT Program.

Professional Experience

  • South Woods Elementary School, St. Johns County School District, Hastings, FL. Provided supervision to MOT students completing Fieldwork I experiences. Directed research projects developed and implemented by MOT students.
  • Faulkner County Day School, Conway, AR. Occupational Therapist. Provided pediatric therapy services to 0-5 population.
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Associate in Occupational Therapy. Primary responsibility: providing occupational therapy services to adults with developmental disabilities. Participated in extensive feeding programs, including barium swallow studies.
  • Sunland, Gainesville, FL. Staff Occupational Therapist. Primary responsibility: providing occupational therapy services to adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Lake Physical Therapy, Leesburg, FL. Pediatric Therapy Supervisor, for private practice including home health, school-based, and outpatient based services for Lake County.
  • Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL. Staff OT for clients in the acute care setting with both neurological and orthopedic conditions.
  • RehabWorks, Clearwater, FL. Traveling therapist, covering skilled nursing facilities in three county area.
  • Occupational Therapy Department, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ. Neonatal specialist, including extensive training on working in the NICU.
  • Occupational Therapy Department, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS. Neonatal occupational therapist & staff occupational therapist

Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

  • Regalado, A., Decker, B. R., Flaherty, B., Zimmer, L., & Brown, I. (2023). Effectiveness of constraint induced movement therapy for children with hemiparesis associated with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(3).
  • Shin, J., Decker, B., & Blanchard, S. (2022). Instrumental activities of daily living in pediatric occupational therapy practice: A survey of current practice patterns and perceived importance. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 42, 46-61. Doi:10.1080/01942638.2021.1932687
  • Mills, M., Kupczynski, L., Snyder, K. & Decker, B. (2020). The effect of a non-contact boxing program on the self-perceived quality of life in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Research in Health Sciences, 5-6(4), 3-25.
  • Gorniak, G., Conrad, W., Conrad, E., & Decker, B. (2012). Patterns of radiocarpal joint articular cartilage wear in cadavers. Clinical Anatomy, 25, 468-477.
  • Decker, B.R. (1992). A comparison of the individualized education plan and the individualized family service plan. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 46, 247-252.

Publications - Book Chapters

  • Foss, J. J. & Decker, B. (1997). Pediatric assessment: Developmental and neonatal assessment. In J. VanDeusen & D. Brunt (Eds.), Assessment in occupational therapy and physical therapy (pp. 359 - 374). Orlando: W.B. Saunders.
  • Decker, B. & Foss, J. J. (1997). Pediatric assessment II: Assessments of specific functions. In J. VanDeusen & D. Brunt (Eds.). Assessment in occupational therapy and physical therapy (pp. 375 - 400). Orlando: W.B. Saunders.
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