Meet the Faculty
Rosemary Batorski, MEd, MOT, OTR
Rosemary E. Batorski is a tenured Associate Professor who has served in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis since the program’s inception in 1988. She served as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator until 2008 and has also served as Interim Chair of the Department. Her research interests, areas of practice and consultation are in mental health, addictions, adult acute care and rehab, home health, adult developmental delay, ethics, public health, accessibility issues and gerontology. Professor Batorski holds a B.A. in Psychology/Special Education from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA.; an M.Ed. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. and an M.O.T. from Texas Woman's University, Dallas, TX. and is doing doctoral work toward a degree in Public Health. She is a past President of the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) and served for two terms as the Tennessee Representative (RA)to the AOTA Representative Assembly.
Lawrence Faulkner, PhD, OT/L
Interim Program Director
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.
Anita Mitchell, MS, OTR
Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Missouri (BHS, OT) and Boston University (MS, with a specialty in pediatric occupational therapy). She received a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Memphis. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Department in 1992. Her practice experience is in pediatrics, and she has worked as a staff occupational therapist and chief of occupational therapy at Les Passes Children’s Rehabilitation Center (Memphis), Boston University Children’s Clinic (Boston), UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (Memphis), and Kids and Nurses (Memphis). Her research interests include qualitative aspects of children’s hand skills, occupational therapy assessment, and the development of critical reasoning and epistemological beliefs in occupational therapy students.
Ann Nolen, PsyD, OTR
Lisa Tekell, MS, OTR/L, OTD
Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Dr. Tekell received her education from St. Ambrose (B.S. Psychology), Western Michigan University (M.S. OT) and the University of St. Augustine (OTD). Dr. Tekell has presented nationally and regionally at venues including AOTA, Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Foundation for the Blind. Previous clinical experience includes serving as the director of Community Occupational Therapy Services, a grant funded program serving people recovering from homelessness. She has also practiced in skilled and assisted nursing facilities and home health. Her expertise is in community rehabilitation. Most recently, she provided services abroad in the Dominican Republic.
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