Bridget Trivinia

Bridget Trivinia, OTD, MS, OTR/L

  • Director of Fieldwork Education
  • Clinical Associate Professor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • OTD, Occupational Therapy (2016)
    Thomas Jefferson University (PA)
  • MS, Occupational Therapy (2001)
    Thomas Jefferson University (PA)
  • BS, Psychology (1995)
    Arcadia University (PA)

About Me

I am the founding director of fieldwork education and clinical assistant professor at Widener University in the College of Health and Human Services. I have over thirteen years of teaching experience in a graduate level occupational therapy program and served in the role of academic fieldwork coordinator for the past 8 years. 

I have worked in clinical care, program development and administration. In the past, I developed volunteer, fieldwork, and mentoring programs to facilitate the growth of the occupational therapy profession. My clinical experience includes a variety of settings such as school-based, acute rehab, outpatient, skilled nursing/subacute rehab, and home care services specializing in older adults. I continue to maintain clinical practice working with adults and older adults in home care and subacute rehab settings. Additionally, I have mentored occupational therapy students in the Chester Community student-run pro-bono clinic, serving the Chester community.  Furthermore, I have also been a co-investigator on two Nexus Learning Grants received to support the work in the pro bono clinic. 

In the past, I served in the role as fieldwork educator representative for the Commission on Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  I have presented at the state and national level on various topics including dementia, advocacy, mentorship, fieldwork, feedback strategies, service learning and development of student-run pro-bono clinics. More recently, I have served as a mentor in AOTA's Academic Education Special Interest Section (AESIS)'s New Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AWFC) Mentorship Program. I am a Regional Trainer for AOTA's Fieldwork Educator Certificate Workshop and the Chair of the Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium. 

My past teaching responsibilities include assessment and intervention for older adults, assistive technology, environmental modifications, foundational occupational therapy courses, clinical skills, clinical reasoning and fieldwork education seminars. My doctoral work included studying the efficacy of online learning modules as a teaching method to increase awareness of occupational risk factors’ impact on non-communicable diseases among police officers. A pilot program was implemented to establish and evaluate online module development and delivery methodology.

 

Publications

Calabrese, J. A., Coviello, J. M., Grasso, A. Y., Otchet, K. A., Pugh, E. A., Thomas, M., & Trivinia, B. (2021). Use of a webinar to assess fieldwork educator readiness to provide occupational therapy services and supervise students through telehealth. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5(2).

 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Occupational Therapy Assoc., Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Assoc.

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