Monique Chabot

Monique C Chabot, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, CLIPP, CAPS

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Health Sciences

Programs I Teach

Education

  • OTD, Occupational Therapy (2014)
    Boston University (MA)
  • MS, Occupational Therapy (2010)
    Thomas Jefferson University (PA)
  • BS, Rehabilitation Studies (2008)
    University of North Texas (TX)

About Me

I am an occupational therapist whose specializes in geriatrics, Living In Place, home modifications, and smart technology. My entire clinical career has been spent in the community working with older adults to increase their independence in daily life through Medicare Part B practice, private practice, and with local nonprofit organizations looking to support aging in place. I also specialize in dementia care and Parkinson's Disease. 

Community-based practice and program development in emerging areas of practice are particularly important to me as a clinician. In addition to my clinical work mentioned above, I have led international service learning experiences to Morocco to advocate for occupational therapy and provide needed and sustainable services to local communities while developing cultural sensitivity in my students. I have also worked closely with local older adult organizations to support productive aging through workshops and health promotion based programming.

My final area of practice involves including occupational therapy on teams with designers when addressing the needs of people. I have consulted with interior design, landscape architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and architecture to increase functionality and accessibility of various solutions to improve people's lives. My OTD work centered around increasing interprofessional collaboration between occupational therapists and professionals of the built environment. I started my PhD in Architecture and Design Research to continue to build on my interests in design and the built environment while providing the unique perspective of an occupational therapist.

I joined the faculty of Widener University in 2021 as an Associate Professor after holding a faculty position at Thomas Jefferson University- East Falls Campus. My past teaching responsibilities have included assessment and intervention for adult physical disability and older adults; assistive technology design; environments; clinical skills; foundational occupational therapy coursework; and program development.

Research Interests

My research interests focus primarily on geriatrics and aging in place through home modifications, health promotion programming, smart technology, and designing livable communities.  I am also interested in the impact of international service learning on healthcare students' professional development. I enjoy exploring the  interprofessional collaboration between designers and occupational therapists, including pedagogical best practices to facilitate collaborations within academic programs. Finally, I have been researching the effects of sensory strategies to affect the mental health of two distinct groups of people: older adults in late stage dementia and university students experiencing increased stress and anxiety.

Publications

  • Chabot, M., Nafai, S., Stevens-Nafai, E., & Sanchez, A. (in press). All work or all play: The impact of cultural and clinical activities on perceived cultural sensitivity developing during an occupational therapy service learning experience. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 
  • Chabot, M., Delaware, L., McCarley, S., Little, C., Nye, A., & Anderson, E. (2019). Living in place: The impact of smart technology.Current Geriatrics Reports, 8(3), 232-238.
  • Chabot, M. (2017). Supporting aging in place: An occupational therapist's toolkit. Western Schools: Brockton, MA.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
  • POTA (Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association)

Awards

  • Emerging and Innovative Practice Award, AOTA (2020)
  • Special Interest Section Quarterly Excellence in Writing Award, AOTA (2018)
  • Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications, AOTA (2019)
  • Emerging Leader Program Participant, AOTA (2014-2015)