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Bernadette Hattjar

  • Associate Professor
    Occupational Therapy Program


Dr. Hattjar was elected to the charter member group for the "Leaders and Legacies" Society of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).  Her focus wthin this organization is to promote student and academic scholarship.  

Educational History

Dr. Hattjar received her Occupational Therapy training at Texas Women's University.  She completed her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at Penn State.  She attained her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2007..

Honor Societies

Dr. Hattjar is a lifetime member of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national Occupational Therapy Honors Society

Professional Experience

Dr. Hattjar has clinically specialized in the development and execution of work and industrial programs.  She has also worked extensively in the areas of pediatric psychiatry and adolescent psychiatry.


Realizing the importance of promoting occupational therapy within the community, she utilizes community program development and program execution through her "Community Occupational Therapy" course.  This course has developed a variety of program options for LifeWorks Erie, the Northwest MEntal Health Center of PA, The Sight Center, Stairways Behavioral Health, and the Booker T. Washinton Center.

Professional Societies

Dr, Hattjar is a member of:

*the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

*the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA)

*American Association of University Women (AAUW)

*Pi Theta Epsilon (OT Honors Society) 

*Leaders and LEgacies Society


Dr. Hattjar recently published her first occupational therapy textbook (AOTA Press, 2012), "Sexuality and Occupational Therapy:  Strategies for Persons with Disabilities".  She has written numeroustextbook chapters and has had journal and informational articles published in professional publications.  She is a review editor for the "Online Journal of Occupational Therapy" (OJOT).


Dr. Hattjar is a board member for Goodwill of NE Ohio and NW PA.  She also is actively involved with LECOM in developing community-based programs for the older adult through their Light Grant endeavor.