Dr. Rachelle Dorne is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She received a BS degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed., in Educational Psychology with specialization in measurement, research design, and statistics from the University of Washington, and an Ed.D., in educational administration with emphasis in higher education from Tennessee State University in Nashville.
Dr. Dorne is certified as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and a licensed occupational therapist in the State of Florida since 2004. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Her thirty years as an occupational therapist have included practice with adults and older adults in a variety of interdisciplinary community and inpatient settings, with special interests in dysphagia and fall prevention. Dr. Dorne was the principal investigator for Balance Broward: An Interdisciplinary Balance and Fall Prevention Program, supported in part by a Faculty Community-Based Applied Research Grant at NSU. Dr. Dorne has been an academic educator for 16 years, serving formerly as program director and academic fieldwork educator at Tennessee State University. She teaches entry-level masters students about development and adaptation of occupations through the lifespan and the practice of culturally-competent, client-centered practice with older adults. In the post-professional doctoral programs, she chairs several dissertation committees and teaches about the role of health professional as an academic. Dr. Dorne has published and presented about cultural competence in interdisciplinary practice with older adults, applying the AOTA Centennial Vision to productive aging, and fall prevention.