Faculty Spotlight: Linda Struckmeyer, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Linda Struckmeyer photoWorking with students to develop their professional identities as occupational therapists is something that Dr. Linda Struckmeyer, Clinical Assistant Professor, knows a lot about. Having previously worked as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Masters in Occupational Therapy program, her interest in supporting student learning and professional growth was a natural fit for her position as Capstone Coordinator for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Dr. Struckmeyer was instrumental in the development of the Capstone, a 14-week experience that OTD students complete prior to graduation. In addition to overseeing the experience, students also complete a project at their Capstone site. This Spring, she is teaching the first Capstone course and has had the opportunity to introduce students to a variety of possible Capstone experiences which span across clinical settings, community programming, and educational sites. Besides fulfilling her primary functions as Capstone Coordinator, educator and mentor, Dr. Struckmeyer is also a co-PI on a United Sates Housing and Urban Development (US HUD) grant that examines environmental adaptations to age in place. The UF OT Department is fortunate to benefit from the expertise, skill, and commitment of Dr. Struckmeyer!