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Dr. Julie Ann Nastasi, Faculty Specialist

Julie Ann Nastasi, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Scranton, a post-professional master’s degree from Tufts University and a post-professional doctoral degree from Boston University. She also has earned a graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and specialty certification in low vision from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She currently is pursuing her ScD in Occupational Science at Towson University.

Julie serves the American Occupational Therapy Association as a reviewer for specialty certification in low vision and as a co-monitor for the low vision listserv / forum. She also serves the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association as Commissioner on Education.  Previously she held a number of positions within the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) and the Hudson Taconic District (HTD) of NYSOTA including: Membership Chair (NYSOTA), Putnam/Dutchess Representative (HTD), Secretary (HTD), and Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2003 and 2011 Conferences (HTD).

Julie has presented at American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, New York State Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, Envision Conference, and the Fourth Cooperative Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers and Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Julie’s publications include:

Nastasi, J., Bello, A., Bender, E., Davitt, K., Mahon, K., Marandino, A., Menendez, N., Munoz, M., Tripodi, C., & Zubia, S. (2013).  Living with low vision tip sheet.  Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Stav, W., & Nastasi, J. (2013). Critically appraised topic on evidence-based literature review question: What is the evidence for the effect of policy and community mobility programs (e.g., alternative transportation, walkable communities, education, driving cessation programs) on the performance and participation of older adults. Retrieved from

Nastasi, J. (2013).  Fieldwork.  Work, 43(3), 245.

Nastasi, J. (2013).  Specialty level II fieldwork in low vision rehabilitation.  Work, 43(3), 361-378.

Nastasi, J. A. (2012).   Occupational Therapy Consultant.  In M. Cameron (Editor), Physical agents in rehabilitation from research to practice (4th ed.).  Elsevier.

Nastasi, J. A. (2012, June).  Specialty level II fieldwork in low vision rehabilitation.  OT Practice, 17(11), 13-16.

Nastasi, J., Krieger, S., & Rucker, J.  (2012).  Chapter 11 - Rehabilitation for visual impairments.  In M. Finlayson (Editor), Multiple sclerosis rehabilitation:  From impairment to participation.  CRC Press/Taylor Francis.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Scranton, Julie served on the faculty of the occupational therapy program at Ithaca College and as the Associate Director / Clinical Education Coordinator for the occupational therapy assistant program at Mercy College. She has worked as an occupational therapist at Danbury Hospital (out-patients), Northern Westchester Hospital (out-patients and in-patients), and Lawrence Hospital Center (out-patients and in-patients). She will be developing a low vision clinic for the Leahy Center Clinic at the University of Scranton. Her clinical expertise includes low vision rehabilitation, hand therapy, splinting, and orthopedic and neurological conditions.


Dr. Julie Nastasi