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Douglas N. Morris, Ph.D., OTR,/L

Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy & Community Health
Phone: (239) 590-7558
E-Mail: dmorris@fgcu.edu
Office: Marieb Hall 322

Doug joined Florida Gulf Coast University in May of 1999.  He was born and raised in India and lived in Asia until he graduated from high school.  Doug spent four years in the U.S. Army following high school.  After his departure from the Army, he attended college at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a  master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.  Doug was employed as an occupational therapist at Allegheny General Hospital, a large urban medical center, where he had experience in acute neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation.  He served as the occupational therapist on a multi-disciplinary treatment team at one of the nation’s largest outpatient spina bifida clinics.  Doug has provided occupational therapy services to homecare clients in Pennsylvania and geriatric residents at skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida.  Prior to moving from Pittsburgh, he served as an adjunct faculty member to the occupational therapy program at his alma mater.

Since earning his PhD in Health Science in 2007, Doug has continued to research the role of spirituality in occupational therapy practice, the topic of his published dissertation.  He has also studied the construct of “quality of life” in the geriatric population, and is currently researching the impact of Alzheimer’s caregiving on the community-dwelling caregiver.

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