Cynthia Sheppard Bell, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor

Cynthia Sheppard Bell, Ph.D., OTR/L

Occupational Therapy
FL Atkins Building, Rm 450
(336) 750-3175 (p)
(336) 750-3173 (f)
Curriculum Vitae


I have been an occupational therapist for almost 20 years. My passion for the field pushed me to pursue my PhD in Occupational Therapy, which I completed in 2006. I have been an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and served for 12 years and the NC Representative or Alternate Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, as well as on Ad Hoc committees. I have served on the NCOTA board in a variety of capacities as well.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Psychology, Miami University

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Elderly with low vision, dementia, interprofessional education, virtual learning

Selected Publications:

Bell, C., Fain, E., Daub, J., Warren, S., Howell, S., Southard, K., Sellers, C., Shadoin, H. (2011). Effects of Nintendo® Wii ™on Quality of Life, Social Relationships and Confidence to Prevent Falls. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Phillips, I., Bell, C., Bethea, D., Perez-Brown, D., & Jenkins, A. (2006). Educating master level students to become life long researchers using an occupational performance based curriculum model. OT Practice. Bethesda, MD: AOTA


Bell, C. (2006). Supportive context: An enabler of engagement in occupation for elderly women with low vision. Nova Southeastern University. Unpublished manuscript

Additional Information:

  • Teaching Responsibilities
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Awards and Honors

  • Foundational courses, adult practice, dementia, master's research project

    “At one level, the scholarship of engagement means connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic, and ethical problems, to our children, to our schools, to our teachers, and to our cities... but, at a deeper level... the scholarship of engagement also means creating a special climate in which the academic and civic cultures communicate more continuously and more creatively with each other…." Boyer, 1996

    •  2012 Winston-Salem State University Students’ Choice Teaching Award

    •  2012, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2003 American Occupational Therapy Association Service
       Commendation recipient

    •  2011 AOTF Community Volunteerism Nominee

    •  2010 Nominated for American Occupational Therapy Association Fellow

    •  2010 Awarded “The Star of the Representative Assembly Meeting”

    •  2009 NCOTA Outstanding Practice in Clinical Education Award

    •  2008 Winston-Salem State University Cedric Rodney Service Award

    •  2007 Suzanne C. Scullin Award Recipient - Highest honor given through NCOTA

    •  2006 Winston-Salem State University-School of Health Sciences SPIRIT Award for Excellence in
       Service Recipient

    •  2004 American Occupational Therapy Foundation Kappa Delta Phi Scholarship recipient

    •  2003 Winston-Salem State University-School of Health Sciences SPIRIT Award for Teaching

    •  2003 American Occupational Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation recipient

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