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)

bellcs@wssu.edu
Curriculum Vitae



Biography


I have been an occupational therapist for over 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) serving a three year appointment (2015-2017) on the national AOTA Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC), served for 12 years and the NC Representative or Alternate Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly, as well as on Ad Hoc committees. In addition I had several years of service on the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) board in a variety of capacities as well.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Psychology, Miami University
  • Certifications- 2012, 2016 Dementia Care Specialist Certification, Crisis Prevention Institute

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Dementia, elderly with low vision, interprofessional education, therapeutic cycling

Selected Publications:


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

Dissertation

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 Unpublished manuscript

Grants

Occupational Therapy Department- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students -Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Status: Funded. Awarded $ 152,170.00 July 2011

Occupational Therapy Department- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students -Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Status: Funded. Awarded $ 101,306.00 July 2010

Occupational Therapy Department- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students -Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Status: Funded. Awarded $ $66,915 July 2010

Occupational Therapy Department- Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students -Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (Co- Investigator) Status: Funded. Awarded $ 112,055.00 July 2009

Occupational Therapy Department- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students -Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (Co- Investigator) Status: Funded. Awarded $ 50,299.00 September 2009

Additional Information:

  • Teaching Responsibilities
  • Awards and Honors
  • Teaching Philosophy

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


    • 2015 Winston-Salem State University Joseph Patterson Master Teacher Award recipient

    • 2013 NCOTA Outstanding Practice in Community Service Award

    • 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

              Excellence

    • 2003 American Occupational Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation recipient


    “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

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