Nicolaas van den Heever, OTD, BOT, OTR/L
Professor and Program Director, Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Dr. Nicolaas van den Heever, an international expert in clinical practice, administration and education of occupational therapy, is clinical professor and founding director of the Katz School’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.  A native of South Africa, van den Heever earned his bachelor’s in occupational therapy from the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town and his doctorate from the University of Saint Augustine in Florida. The first male occupational therapy graduate in his native South Africa, Dr. van den Heever has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of practice areas: mental health, wellness, neuromuscular and cognitive rehabilitation, aging in place, sensory integration, driving rehabilitation, and in a wide range of practice settings: hospitals, skilled nursing, acute and outpatient rehabilitation, the military, community-based rehabilitation in rural villages in Africa and China (for the World Health Organization), developing new transdisciplinary practices that were unheard of at the time in these countries, large psychiatric hospitals and industrial units, orphanages, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, and in private practice. View Dr. van den Heever’s full profile.

Marie Patterson, MOT
Director of Fieldwork Education and Clinical Associate Professor

Marie Patterson is an Occupational Therapist, known for her commitment to teaching others. She was drawn to the Occupational Therapy (OT) field after her sister suffered a traumatic brain injury.   She has extensive experience as a fieldwork educator in a range of practice settings including hospitals, hand therapy, skilled nursing, home health, and schools.  In prior roles, Ms. Patterson has coordinated, planned, and facilitated fieldwork education programs.  She has completed the AOTA Fieldwork Educator Certification program and has provided clinical supervision for graduate students and mentored fellow clinical educators for over ten years. View Marie Patterson's full profile.

Alexandra Wagner, MOT, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor

Alexandra Wagner has worked primarily with older adults, and has expertise in disability studies, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, occupational justice, and aging. She previously taught occupational therapy at Stony Brook University where she integrated the field of disability studies and principles of occupational justice. She earned her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Utica College. She is expected to graduate with her PhD from Stony Brook University in May 2020. Her research focuses on the experiences of older adults with cognitive changes who are aging in place.