Bernadette Hattjar, DrOT, MEd, OTR/L, CWCE has been an occupational therapist since 1985. Since that time, she has worked in both the clinical and academic settings. Her experience and dedication to the field of occupational therapy moved her to consider what new, fledgling students really needed to know and understand about their field of study. The impetus for writing this textbook was an exercise in taking away, rather than adding information about the profession.
Dr. Hattjar has written and presented to professionals extensively for more than 30 years about a variety of topics including service learning, learning styles, sexuality, legacy-building opportunities, mental health issues, industrial rehabilitation practice, and intervention techniques used for pediatric clients with mental health and behavioral issues.
She has been actively involved in professional associations at the local, state, and national levels and has held the office of responsibility and leadership in these organizations.
For the past 15 years, she has taught master- and doctoral-level students in occupational therapy programs housed at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.