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Susan Okon, Ed.D., OTR/L
Susan Okon, Ed.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7555
Office: Marieb Hall 405

Sue blew into Florida during Hurricane Charley in 2004.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and her master’s degree in School Psychology and doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA. Sue served on the occupational therapy faculty at AIC from 1996-2004. Sue also completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Educational Psychology at AIC.  She is licensed as an occupational therapist and certified as a school psychologist in Florida.   Her professional areas of expertise include psychosocial and pediatric occupational therapy and service learning in community settings.



Clinical Interests:

  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Health and Wellness


Mentoring Graduates OT Student Oucomes Research Projects for Professional Devlopment and Research

Research project for Fall 2014 was pursued through a collaboration with the CEO of Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc.  The focus of the research was to investigate the social participation/leisure time pursuits and education of clubhouse members with diagnosis of severe mental illness.  The purpose of the project was to introduce and connect members with community agencies and opportunities outside the clubhouse for social and educational pursuits.  A ten week intervention program entitled, The HOPE Community Integration Program (HCIP) was carried out with the members in May 2014 through July 2014. A student poster was presented at the Florida Occupational Therapy 2014 Annual Conference in November 2014.

Research project for Fall 2013 involved the development, execution, and outcomes of a health and wellness program at the Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc..  Indiviuals with severe mental illnesses (SMI) are at a higher risk of co-morbid health problems and lower quality of life.  The Healthy Lifestyles Design (HLD) Program consisted of 16 sessions and educated members about the topics of nutrition, physical activity, spirituality, and tobacco awareness through engagemetn in meaningful goal-directed occupation.  The projected outcomes were to empower members to engage in health lifestyle activities and establish resources for members within the clubhouse and community for sustainable health and wellness.  A journal publication of the poject is listed below.


Scholarly Works:


Health and Wellness for Members in a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Clubhouse Participating in a Health Lifestyle Design ProgramOccupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal, 2015, 31(1).

Self-Determination: A Curriculum of Empowerment for Health and Wellness in a Psychosocial Rehabilitation ClubhouseOcccupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal.  2014, 30 (2).

Community Service:

Hope Clubhouse of Southwest Florida, Inc. 

  • Board of Directors - Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2014 and 2015.  Elected to the board in 2012.
  • Program Commitee, 2012-2014
  • Program Chairman, 2013-2014
  • Member of the Buiding Committee, 2013-2014