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Dr. Julie Ann Nastasi, Assistant Professor

Dr. Julie Ann Nastasi, Assistant Professor

Julie Ann Nastasi, ScD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA 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. In addition, she has earned a research doctorate in occupational science from Towson University. Dr. Nastasi has specialized in low vision rehabilitation, earning 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. In 2014, Dr. Nastasi was named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows for her contributions to low vision rehabilitation and the field of occupational therapy.

Dr. Nastasi serves the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as the Representative Assembly Rep. for Pennsylvania, a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, a reviewer for specialty certification in low vision, and as a co-monitor for the low vision forum. Dr. Nastasi previously served as the Commissioner on Education for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA), and as Local Conference Co-Chair for the 2015 state conference.  While residing in New York, Dr. Nastasi 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).  In addition, Dr. Nastasi served as an Item-Writer and Item-Developer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Dr. Nastasi 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.

Dr. Nastasi’s publications include:

Nastasi, J., Annunziato, P., Eife, B., Grave, E., Priolo, M., Rojas, M., & Zaloga, A. (2016). Developing a better understanding of functional visual performance: A mixed methods study. Visibility, 10(3&4). Retrieved from:

Nastasi, J. (2016). Addressing low vision in hospitals and other settings.  OT Practice, 21(3), 17-18.

Braveman, B. & Nastasi, J. (2016). Chapter 14 – Marketing occupational therapy services. In Braveman, B. (Editor), Leading & Managing Occupational Therapy Services An Evidence-based Approach.  F.A. Davis.

Nastasi, J. (2015). Occupational leadership to facilitate occupational engagement in older adults with visual impairment. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(2), 121-128.

Nastasi, J. (2015). Chapter 8 – Fieldwork. In K. Jacobs (Editor), Management and Administration for the OTA: Leadership and Application Skills.  Slack Incorporated.

Nastasi, J. (2015). Low vision rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis. Visibility, 8(3-4), 1-7.

Nastasi, J. (2014). Chapter 6 – Meaning and dynamic of occupation and activity. In K. Jacobs, N. MacRae, & K. Sladyk (Editors), Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, Second Edition. Slack Incorporated.

Nastasi, J. (2014). Chapter 43 – Fieldwork education. In K. Jacobs, N. MacRae, & K. Sladyk (Editors), Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, Second Edition. Slack Incorporated.

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, Dr. Nastasi 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). Dr. Nastasi’s research focuses on visual impairment (low vision and blindness).  Her clinical expertise includes low vision rehabilitation, hand therapy, splinting, and orthopedic and neurological conditions.


Dr. Julie Nastasi