Occupational Therapy

Biography of Dr. Cynthia Grapczynski

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Cynthia Grapczynski, Ed.D., M.S., OTR, 
Assistant Professor


Dr. Cynthia Grapczynski has been practicing in occupational therapy for more than 30 years, first in mental health practice and more recently in the practice of professional education. Dr. Grapczynski received her bachelors degree in special education and post-baccalaureate certificate in occupational therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her masters degree in adult and continuing vocational education is from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and her doctorate in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University in New York. Dr. Grapczynski has been with Grand Valley since 1995, when she was recruited to develop the occupational therapy program. She has served as Program Director first from 1995 – 2001, and was reappointed in 2008.
Dr. Grapczynski has a broad teaching background, including mental health practice, clinical reasoning, and teaching patients, families and other professionals in the realm of direct care. Additionally, she has taught curriculum design in occupational therapy education, professional roles in health care, health care leadership, occupational science, and occupational therapy research. She has acted as a curriculum consultant to other occupational therapy education programs around the country. Dr. Grapczynski has served the profession at the state and national levels and is currently serving the Accreditation Committee as a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators. She is interested in the study and practice of transformative education and continuing professional education. She was recently awarded a Leadership Mentoring Fellowship through AOTA/AOTF.

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