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Cynthia Sheppard Bell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Position: Associate Professor and Chair Department: Occupational Therapy

Contact Info

Office: FL Atkins Building, Rm 430 Phone: 336-750-3175 Fax: 336-750-3173


I have been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. My passion for the field pushed me to pursue my PhD in Occupational Therapy, which I completed in 2006. I have been an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). In 2018 I was recognized with the esteemed honor of the Roster of Fellows (FAOTA), after serving a three year appointment (2015-2017) on the national AOTA Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC), and serving for 12 years and the NC Representative or Alternate Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, as well as on Ad Hoc committees. In addition I had several years of service on the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) board in a variety of capacities as well. I joined WSSU as part of the inaugural occupational therapy faculty in 1998.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Psychology, Miami University
  • Certifications- 2012, 2016 Dementia Care Specialist Certification, Crisis Prevention Institute
  • Designation-• WSSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Master Teacher (2012)

Research and Project Interests

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Elderly with low vision
  • Interprofessional education
  • Therapeutic cycling

Bell, C. & Edward Collins, M (2018). Chapter 6: Developing the Occupational Profile and Analyzing Occupational Performance. In Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants. Edited by Amy Mahle and Amber Ward. FA Davis.

Bell, C., Fain, E., Daub, J., Warren, S., Howell, S., Southard, K., Sellers, C., Shadoin, H. (2011). Effects of Nintendo® Wii™on Quality of Life, Social Relationships and Confidence to Prevent Falls. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Phillips, I., Bell, C., Bethea, D., Perez-Brown, D., & Jenkins, A. (2006). Educating master level students to become life long researchers using an occupational performance based curriculum model. OT Practice. Bethesda, MD: AOTA


Bell, C. (2006). Supportive context: An enabler of engagement in occupation for elderly women with low vision. Nova Southeastern University. Unpublished manuscript