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Carol Doehler, OTD, Department Chair and Program Director
Dr. Doehler earned her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy; with over 36 years of experience working with infants, children and adults primarily those with neurological impairments.  She has dedicated her professional life to the development of new programs to enhance various populations in reaching their occupational goals. Her clinical work is centered on community-based practices in underserved populations both in the United States and abroad. Her passion is teaching new practitioners for today’s occupational needs. She is President of Therapy Missions, Inc. a non-profit agency providing education and training in occupational therapy care to underserved regions of the world. Dr. Doehler provides consultation services to schools seeking accreditation from ACOTE. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association earning this distinction for her development of occupational therapy practice and education. She is also the recipient of the Irene Allard Award for her excellence in her contribution to fieldwork education. She is an active member of ACOTE serving as past Vice-Chair of the council and still functions as a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators as a mentor to new team leaders. Dr. Doehler has presented both nationally and internationally on her work dedicated to serving those communities in need of occupational therapy services with a focus on helping to elevate the quality of life for those populations marginalized by poverty, limited access to professional health care and occupational deprivation.

Randal Fedoruk, OTD
Dr. Fedoruk has been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist for over twenty years, and has experience working with infants, toddlers and school age children. He has expertise in working with medically complex or medically fragile infants and toddlers and graduates from the NICU. He has an extensive knowledge base and experience in conducting evaluations in early intervention programs across three states and school-based evaluations in several school districts, and has taught at numerous colleges and universities before joining the faculty at NEIT. He teaches courses in neuroscience, theory or frames of reference, advanced practice skills and pediatrics; and has lectured at national and international conferences, and sits as a board member on non-profit agencies that provide services to persons with developmental disabilities. 

Caroline (Kate) Keefe, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Keefe received her B.S. in OT with a minor in psychology from the University of Hartford in 1997. In 2016, she achieved her post-professional doctor of occupational therapy degree with a focus in aging and education. She’s passionate about serving persons living with dementia and their care partners. Throughout her career, she has dedicated her focus to the elderly population, serving those in long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, acute gero-psych, and out-patient services. Prior to becoming an assistant professor on faculty at NEIT, Dr. Keefe traveled nationally facilitating continuing education courses that focused on an intra-professional application of the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model.

Joanne S. Jones, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Jones earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch,  an M.S. in Clinical Practice Management from Texas Tech University, and a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health professions. Her experience includes working as an occupational therapist in brain injury rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, home health, public school systems, early intervention, and adult day care centers for individuals with mental illness. She has been a full-time faculty member at New England Institute of Technology since July 2009. She is past vice president of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, and an item writer for the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Mary Brinson, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Brinson received her B.S. in OT from Indiana University and her Master of Science and Doctorate in OT from Boston University. She has more than forty years experience in Mental Health and Administration. She served as the Director of the Occupational Therapy Department at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI and then was named Associate Vice-President for Quality and Regulation. Butler Hospital, The American Occupational Therapy Association named the Butler OT Fieldwork Program as one of the top 25 model fieldwork programs in the country.

Dr. Brinson has held several leadership positions serving as President of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, a member of the AOTA Commission on Practice, Chair of the Mental Health Service Delivery Guidelines Task Force for the AOTA Commission on Practice and the RI Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly. She was awarded the Fieldwork Education Award of Excellence by the New England Occupational Therapy Education Council and named to the Roster of Fellows by AOTA.

Leanne Yinusa-Nyakhoon,  ScDOTR/L‚Äč
Leanne Yinusa-Nyahkoon, ScD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children with disabilities and chronic health conditions, the majority of whom are from urban communities of color. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Boston University, and a qualitative research associate in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Yinusa-Nyahkoon’s research focuses on examining health disparities that disproportionately affect underserved populations by understanding the providers’ and the community’s perspective of the social circumstances, environmental factors, cultural and family norms, and individual characteristics that impact health behavior and illness management.

Linda Del Vecchio-GilbertDNPCPNP-PCACHPNCPON, Professor

Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert holds a faculty position as a professor in the Department of Nursing Department where she teaches both on the associate and bachelor's degree level.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert is a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and is board certified in Primary Care Pediatrics, Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nursing, and Pain Management. She has over 20 years of experience caring for children with complex chronic medical conditions. Her area of expertise is symptom management at the end of life.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert founded Magnolia Pediatrics, which is an independent nurse practitioner practice in Rhode Island focusing on pediatric palliative care. Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert worked as a consulting pediatric nurse practitioner in palliative and end-of-life at Notre Dame Pediatric Palliative Program in Worcester, MA. Prior to this position, she was instrumental in the development of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. She also worked on the Pain Team at Boston Children’s Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.

Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert has done numerous projects and presentations both nationally and internationally on topics such as pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, suffering and hope, and pain management. She is a member of the Rhode Island Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. She has volunteered in the U.S. and abroad for a wide range of humanitarian and medical organizations.

NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs.