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About Deborah Bolding

Associate Professor Deborah Bolding has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at San José State University since 2016. She was the coordinator of the post-professional master’s program in occupational therapy at SJSU from 2012-2015. As an occupational therapist, she has extensive professional experience with persons with injury and illness in settings ranging from the emergency department and intensive care unit to rehabilitation, home health, and out-patient settings (with emphasis in trauma and neurological problems).


Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Occupational Therapy


2019 - 2020 eCampus Office of Quality Assurance Faculty Grant
2017 - 2019 Older Adults’ Perceptions Regarding Transportation Services in San Jose
San José State University
CA: Access, Barriers, and Innovations, Mineta Transportation Institute Emerging Leader Seed Money Grant Program
2017 - 2018 University 101 Professional Development Grants
Office of the Provost
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member of ACOTE Roster of Accreditation Evaluators, American Occupational Therapy Association
2017 - 2021 Member, American Geriatrics Society
2012 - 2018 Member of Practice, Ethics and Reimbursement Committee, Occupational Therapy Association of California
2011 - 2017 Member of Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Occupational Therapy Association
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Honors and Awards

  • American Occupational Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation 2011-2018


  • OCTH 295 Advanced Research Methodology in Occupational Therapy
  • OCTH 275 Evidence-based Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • OCTH 266 Occupational Therapy for Older Adults
  • OCTH 246 Occupational Therapy for Young Adults
  • OCTH 211 Historical and Theoretical Foundations in Occupational Therapy


2013 Ph.D., Post-secondary and Adult Education, Capella University
Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Professions Education, Simmons College
M.S., Boston University
B.S.O.T., University of Florida

Book Chapters (1)

Conference Proceedings (3)

Journal Articles (7)

Posters (8)

Presentations (2)