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Leanne Rutt, OTD, M.Ed, OTR/L

Program Director; Associate Professor, Master of Occupational Therapy



717-796-1800, ext. 4013

Interest and areas of expertise

Special Education (M.Ed.)
School-based practice and Early Intervention
Autism across the Lifespan
Trauma Informed Care 
Family Homelessness
Community & Program Development
Transition across the lifespan (focused on early intervention & Post-secondary)
Health Promotion and Mental Health in Children & Youth


O.T.D., Thomas Jefferson University
M.Ed. Education, Temple University
B.S. Occupational Therapy, Elizabethtown College
Advanced Practice Certificate: Teaching in the Digital Age, Thomas Jefferson University

Classes I teach

OT Process and Practice
Health Promotion in OT: Community Interventions
Level I Fieldwork: Community Interventions
Administration, Management & Leadership


Leanne has spent time working in both public and approved private educational systems in Pennsylvania using occupation and behavior sciences to capitalize on individual strengths and improve independence. She has focused on program development in emerging areas of practice in the community and remains focused on building strong community partnerships. Leanne also has experience as the Program Director of an Occupational Therapy Assistant program and has worked on several intraprofessional education initiatives. Her primary research has focused on the role of occupational therapy with low income housed and homeless families.