Learning a new occupation

Melinda Cozzolino

Associate Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy
School: School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Phone: 607-274-3618
Office: Smiddy Hall 206, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Neurorehabilitation and Mental Health

I grew up in Claverack, N.Y., a close-knit, supportive community, much like the Occupational Therapy Department of Ithaca College. I received a BS in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College, a MS from Scranton University in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. Clinically, I specialize in working with adults with neurological deficits and am Board Certified in Neuro-rehabilitation from AOTA. I am also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I use both of these certifications in the Center for Life Skills program (CLS), where I have been a faculty member for over 20 years. The CLS is an inter-professional program where students work with adults with neurological deficits seeking enhanced community access. It is a true gem.

Currently, I teach Neuroscience, Clinical Psychiatry, Individual Thesis, Research Seminar, Adult Advanced Evidence Based Practice, and OT Theory.

I am a newly elected Board Member of the Tompkins County Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services. I am also serving as the co-Professional Development Coordinator for AOTA's Mental Health Special Interest Section.

When not at work, I can be found in the woods with a back pack or skis alongside my Lagotto (type of dog) Max; in my garden, on the golf course, at a Bruce Springsteen concert, or motoring in my mini-cooper.