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Dr. Shirley Wells
Program Director
Phone: (956) 665-2474
wellssa@utpa.edu
Department of Occupational Therapy
Health Science Human Services East Bldg. - HSHE 1.130
occtherapy@utpa.edu
Phone: (956) 665-3081
Fax: (956) 665-2476

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Dr. Shirley A. Wells

Dr. Shirley A. Wells
Chair and Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy Program HSHE 1122
Dept. (956) 665-2474
Office. (956) 665-2475
Email. wellssa@utpa.edu

Dr. Wells earned her doctoral degree (Dr.P.H.) from the University of Texas of Health Sciences Center-Houston in community health, masterís (MPH) from the University of Minnesota in Public Health, a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and a B.A. in Latin from the University of Texas, Austin.

She has over 30 years of experience as a practicing occupational therapist. Her career experiences have included: administration, assistant professor, researcher, program developer, director of an OT rehabilitation department, consultant, acute care therapist, pediatric and school based therapist and private practitioner. Her clinical expertise is adult physical dysfunction, pain management, and community and public health.

She has combined public health, occupational therapy, and cultural diversity to formulate her research focus. She has taught in the Occupational Therapy program at Texas Tech University and Towson University in Maryland. She has presented, nationally and internationally, as well as written books and articles, on a variety of topics related to diversity, multiculturalism, ethics, occupational therapy, and health care.

Dr. Wells served as the chairperson of the Commission on Standards and Ethics for the American Occupational Therapy Association and was also a member of its Board of Directors. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA). Research interest: health literacy, living on dialysis, cultural diversity, and ethics.

Specialization

Adult Physical Dysfunction, Pain Management, Community and Public Health, Health Literacy, Living on Dialysis, Cultural Diversity, Ethics.

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Dr. Angela E. Scoggin

Dr. Angela E. Scoggin
Professor
HSHE 1130A
Dept. (956) 665-2475
Office. (956) 665-2952
Email. wascoggin@utpa.edu

Dr. Scoggin earned her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, and MA and PhD degrees in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida.

She has over 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist, with a clinical emphasis on working with children and their families in early intervention and public school programs. She has combined her expertise in occupational therapy and anthropology through research studies related to child development and family/caregiver interactions conducted in China, Peru, and the southern United States. Previously, she taught in the Occupational Therapy Programs at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Florida.

She has been at The University of Texas-Pan American since 1998. Dr. Scoggin is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and has served as a member of the American Council of Occupational Therapy Education Roster of Accreditation Evaluators.

Specialization

Applied Anthropology, Clinical Practice, Visual Impairment, Enhanced Student Learning.

Dr. Celia H. Schulz

Dr. Celia H. Schulz
Professor
HSHE 1128
Dept. (956) 665-2475
Office. (956) 665-7847
Email. chschulz@utpa.edu

Dr. Schulz earned her bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies from Cornell University, her Master of Arts degree from Tufts University- Boston School of Occupational Therapy, and her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas.

Her clinical experience is in adult and geriatric psychiatry in Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. Dr. Schulz worked as a recruiter for the CAReS Project, an intervention study for stroke survivors and their spousal caregivers at the University of Texas – Health Science Center, School of Nursing, and the Center on Aging in Houston.

Dr. Schulz is published. Her current research interests include qualitative research on the phenomenology of disability, collaboration by persons with disabilities, and the impact of marketing on persons with disabilities.

Specialization

Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, Qualitative research on the Phenomenology of Disability, Collaboration by Persons with Disabilities, the Impact of Marketing on Persons with Disabilities.

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Jack Ruelas

Jack Ruelas
Lecturer
HSHE 1124
Dept. (956) 665-2475
Office. (956) 665-2664
Email. jruelasz@utpa.edu
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Don Carlson

Don Carlson
Lecturer
Dept. HSHE 1130
Office. (956) 665-2475
Email. djcarlson@utpa.edu
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Diana Womble

Diana Womble
Administrative Assistant
HSHE 1130
Dept. (956) 665-2475
Email. dwomble1@utpa.edu
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