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Occupational Therapy Faculty

Natalie A. Perkins, DrOT, M.Ed., OTR/L, FIIE, Program Director and Clinical Professor

Natalie A. PerkinsNatalie A. Perkins, DrOT, M.Ed., OTR/L, FIIE is the Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Pacific. She has expertise in scholarship, teaching, and clinical practice. Dr. Perkins is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the field of occupational therapy.

Dr. Perkins received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy and M.Ed. in Adult Education at Colorado State University, and her Doctorate at Boston University. She has published numerous journal articles and presented widely at state and national conferences. Dr. Perkins is founder and owner of TheraPERKS, an evidence-based self-awareness training application. Her research and scholarly pursuits examine self-awareness, therapeutic rapport, emotional intelligence, and the impact on patient health outcomes. She is dedicated to supporting students and educators in the use of evidence-based practice as well as innovative ways to integrate occupational therapy into communities.

Dr. Perkins has over twenty years’ experience as a clinical occupational therapist with specialty certifications in sensory integration, neuro-rehabilitation, ergonomics, and TEACCH Autism Program. She translates her clinical experiences to the classroom and within Pacific’s OTD curricula.

Dr. Perkins’ aim at Pacific is to create an engaging and inclusive learning environment, promote holistic OTD students, and advocate for the community.

Guy L. McCormack, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Clinical Professor

Guy L. McCormackGuy L. McCormack, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA directed the development of the new Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at University of the Pacific from 2017 to June 30th, 2020. Pacific is fortunate to have had Dr. McCormack leading the development its new innovative program given Dr. McCormack’s past experience as Occupational Therapy Department Chair at Samuel Merritt University and University of Missouri and has extensive expertise in scholarship, teaching and clinical practice.

Dr. McCormack received his BS in Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, his MS at the Ohio State University, and his PhD at Saybrook University. He is a co-editor for the AOTA OT Manager, author of Pain Management for Health Professionals, and author of Therapeutic Use of Touch for Health Professionals. Dr. McCormack has published numerous journal articles and presented several papers at state, national, and international conferences. He enjoys teaching OT coursework in Management, Guided Research, and the application of Occupational Therapy in Neuroscience, Advanced Clinical Practice, Conditions of Dysfunction, and Complementary Systems of Health Care. Dr. McCormack has been funded to conduct research on the use of Neurofeedback Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and for women with breast cancer. He has also used computer programs with older adults to prevent cognitive decline. In addition, he has investigated the effects of complementary therapies on pain perception and anxiety in post-surgical patients and persons diagnosed with cancer.

Marna Ghiglieri, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Assistant Clinical Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Marna GhiglieriMarna Ghiglieri, OTD, MA, OTR/L is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at University of the Pacific. After graduating from USC with a master's degree in occupational therapy and working for 20 years as an occupational therapist, Dr. Ghiglieri returned to academia to earn a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. While at Washington University, Dr. Ghiglieri gained knowledge in instructional design to create effective teaching and learning experiences and was able to apply this knowledge in assisting Dr. McCormack in developing the course curricula for Pacific's entry-level OTD program. Dr. Ghiglieri's experience also includes working as a research coordinator for Washington University's former OT program director, M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, for NIH grant, Better Living After Stroke Through Technology (BLAST). This awarded grant aims to mediate gaps in service delivery for people who have experienced mild to moderate stroke to enable full participation in the community. Dr. Ghiglieri's most recent research centers on understanding the aging experience from the perspective of older adults, which she conducted while living as a student resident in an apartment complex designed for older adults. She is a proponent of aging in place and intergenerational housing. Dr. Ghiglieri is interested in developing research opportunities for Pacific's occupational therapy students in promoting healthy aging across the lifespan.