Jennifer Calabrese

Jennifer A. Calabrese, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

  • Assistant Professor and Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone Coordinator

Programs I Teach


  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
    Chatham University (PA)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
    Duquesne University (PA)
  • BS, Health Science
    Duquesne University (PA)

About Me

I am an assistant professor and the founding occupational therapy doctoral capstone coordinator for the Institute for Occupational Therapy at Widener University. I hold licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I am registered through The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and I am an active member of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Throughout my career, I have primarily worked with adults and older adults in a variety of practice settings including Medicare Part A & B Homecare, subacute and skilled nursing facilities, medical day centers, group homes, assisted living, and outpatient facilities. My passion is working with older adults with dementia and helping to educate caregivers on the skills to allow individuals to age in place. I have supervised occupational therapy students in the Chester Community Clinic and facilitated interprofessional collaborations between students while attending rounds at Widener. In the past, I gained administrative experience while acting as an occupational therapy director and occupational therapy coordinator for a private practice.

For three years, I served as an academic fieldwork coordinator for level I and level II occupational therapy students in a master level occupational therapy program. In this role, I offered CEU education to occupational therapy clinical supervisors and interprofessional fieldwork educators interested in enhancing their supervisory roles. Currently, I am the acting vice-chair of the Philadelphia Regional Fieldwork Consortium and continue to provide education to clinical supervisors. 

My doctoral study focused on student self-awareness and self-management, in addition to social awareness and relationship management both in didactic courses and outside of the university environment. The focus of my current scholarship is examining the soft skills that are necessary for students to be successful in didactic courses, fieldwork, and as health care professionals and developing a curricular model that can be generalized interprofessionally. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association