Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Occupational Therapy Program
Member of Philadelphia University Faculty since 2012
Office: Hayward Hall Room 224
Phone: 215/ 951-2533
Andrea Fairman, MOT, OTR/L, CPRP is an assistant professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of the graduate program in Occupational Therapy. She received both her B.S. in Health Sciences and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, and is also certified in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She is currently in the research phase of her doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she is a PhD candidate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Andrea's research interests include developing interventions to decrease the functional impact of cognitive impairments in persons with disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia and other psychiatric and cognitive disabilities. She is interested in developing innovative intervention strategies which include the use of assistive technology and delivery of services using telerehabilitation practices. Prior to enrolling in her doctoral program, Andrea served as the Executive Director of the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania where she designed and implemented several new community-based programs including the Wellness Program and BluePrints Play Group. In this leadership role, she was successful in securing several large grants to fund the agency’s new programs and on-going services. In addition to coordinating the fieldwork program at PhilaU, Andrea’s teaching responsibilities include assessment, assistive technology, and evidence-based practice.