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Cynthia Sheppard Bell

Position: 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 28 years. My passion for the field pushed me to pursue my PhD in Occupational Therapy, which I completed in 2006. I have spent a good portion of my career advocating for workforce diversity in occupational therapy and volunteer leadership to the profession. 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, 2020 Dementia Care Specialist Certified Trainer, Crisis Prevention Institute
  • Designation- WSSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Master Teacher (2012)

Research and Project Interests

  • Interprofessional education
  • Fall Prevention
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Elderly with low vision
  • Therapeutic cycling-Amtryke