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Thomas Mernar, Ph.D., OTR/L, is the founding Program Director of Occupational Therapy in the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions where he serves as an associate professor within the Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programs. He has been a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR®)for over 16 years and has experience working clinically in acute and sub-acute traumatic brain injury units, sub-acute skilled nursing, long-term care, and assisted living facilities.
Prior to joining Gwynedd Mercy University, Dr. Mernar served as an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at Seton Hall University for over 8 years. His domain of teaching include courses in practice skills, clinical conditions, occupational therapy evaluation and intervention of adults and older adults, cognitive and visual perceptual rehabilitation, and research methods. Dr. Mernar has publications in the journals of Occupational Science, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, and most recently in Nursing Home Research Sciences (2017). He earned his Ph.D. in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California, a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University, and a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University.
Dr. Mernar has developed innovative and contemporary programs within the Mercy tradition, in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy here at Gwynedd Mercy University with our Occupational Science program beginning this fall of 2017.