Meet the Faculty

Ann Nolen, PsyD, OTR
Associate Professor
Program Chair
anolen@uthsc.edu

Dr. Ann Nolen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, the University of Northern Colorado with a Master’s in counseling psychology, and Forest Institute (HI) with a doctorate in psychology. She brings over 45 years of occupational therapy experience to her role as associate professor at UTHSC where she has taught for 20 years and served as Department Chair for 15 years. Dr. Nolen was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association as a distinguished Fellow for her leadership in the development of organizational and educational partnerships. She also is a co-recipient of the Jeanette Bard Writer’s Award AOTA, 2002. Her area of specialization is psychosocial practice where she has worked with all age groups. She co-authored Moving Interactions: A Book of Group Ideas. Research interests include interprofessional Hispanic cultural competency, team based learning, and using community partnerships to promote interprofessionalism.

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Vice Chair
azachry@uthsc.edu

Anne is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (BSOT) and the University of Memphis (MS). She received a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Memphis in 2010. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Department in 2013. Her practice experience is in pediatrics. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the local public school system. Her research interests include infant and child development and early identification and sensory intervention for children with autism. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.

Lawrence Faulkner

Lawrence Faulkner, PhD, OT/L
Associate Professor
lfaulkn4@uthsc.edu

Dr. Faulkner is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio Occupational Therapy (BSOT), University of Dundee Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) programs. He has taught at Texas Tech University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging. His research interests and clinical practice arc from adult through older adult including assistive technologies, posture and balance (motion analysis and Tai Chi), and community accessibility with an overall focus on clinical test development, occupational performance and quality of life.

Jami Flick, MS, OTR/L

Jami Flick, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
Interim Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
jflick1@uthsc.edu

Jami is a graduate of the University of South Alabama (B.S. in Pre-Professional Health Science & M.S. in OT). She has clinical experience with adult and geriatric clients in acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient, and burn unit; as well as pediatric experience in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and outpatient rehabilitation. She serves as the Pi Theta Epsilon Faculty Advisor for the Delta Zeta Chapter. She has volunteered as an OT in the Dominican Republic and Haiti and is currently the fieldwork developer for the first-ever Bachelor’s Degree level OT and PT program in Haiti. She also previously served as the Alternate TN Delegate for the AOTA Representative Assembly. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Health Science in Global Health.

Brittany Hoffer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MTC

Brittany Hoffer, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MTC
Adjunct Instructor
bhoffer1@uthsc.edu

Brittany is a graduate from Ohio State University (BA) and the University of St. Augustine with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Master in Occupational Therapy. She began teaching for the occupational therapy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2012. Brittany’s area of expertise is outpatient orthopedics. She holds a certification in Manual Therapy and is pursuing her certification in hands. Her professional interests are myofascial release, splinting, orthotics and working with young athletes to return to sport.

Stephanie Lancaster, OTR/L, ATP

Stephanie Lancaster, OTR/L, ATP
Faculty Practice Coordinator
slancas4@uthsc.edu

Stephanie is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1991. As a school-based OT for almost two decades, Stephanie specializes in pediatrics and holds a certification as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehab Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Her professional interests include providing intervention services for individuals with disabilities and working with their families and other professionals in the field to promote evidence-based practice and to decrease barriers for people through design, selection, and implementation of A.T. materials and strategies.

Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell, PhD, OTR
Associate Professor
amitchell@uthsc.edu

Dr. Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri in 1983 and a Master of Science degree with a specialty in pediatric occupational therapy from Boston University in 1989. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (concentration in research) from the University of Memphis in 2012. Her practice experience is in pediatrics, and she has taught courses in pediatrics, neurology, and occupation-centered practice at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1990. She joined the UTHSC OT faculty full time in 1992. She has published articles related to pediatrics and education in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, and Occupational Therapy International. She has received awards for teaching and research during her tenure at the university. Her research interests include sensory processing, various aspects of fine motor development, and epistemic and ontological cognition of occupational therapy students.

Ellen Robertson, MS, OTR/L

Ellen Robertson, MS, OTR/L
Instructor
erober28@uthsc.edu

Ellen Robertson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and the Spalding University Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy. She has clinical experience that spans the age spectrum within the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings; primarily working as a Seating Specialist serving those with specialized needs in the areas of wheelchairs, seating, and mobility. Her interests include disability access in the community, provision and funding of mobility equipment, and adaptive sports programming.

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