Education and Research

The NCOTA Educational SIS serves to create a connection between the NCOTA and OT/OTA Programs in NC. The goal is to make sure that OT/OTA programs, including faculty and students, are aware of NCOTA events and the benefits of joining the NCOTA. The SIS can serve as a resource for OT/OTA Programs in NC. The Education SIS Chairs will lead OT/OTA Program discussions on concerns and issues related to occupational therapy education.


Chair: Megan Edwards-Collins, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS

*Name/Credentials: Megan Edwards Collins, Ph.D., OTR/L, CAPS, CFPS

*Email: [email protected]                     

*OT Education: BS OT- Western Michigan University; MS OT- Wayne State University

*Current Setting/Title: Associate Professor OT Department- Winston-Salem State University

Previous Experience: Inpatient  Rehab/Acute Care in Michigan, Colorado, and NC

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Assistive Technology, Community Mobility/Driving, Dementia, Caregiving

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, Educator, Occupational Therapist, Avid reader and movie buff; Technology Coordinator for AOTA’s Academic Education Special Interest Section

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): Member of NCOTA, AOTA, and WFOT; Have received teaching awards and NCOTA awards  (please see CV for specifics)


Chair: Alisha Singh, OTD, OTR/L

*Name/Credentials: Alisha Singh, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

*Email: [email protected]                       

*OT Education: Post-Professional Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions; Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University; Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Mars Hill University.

*Current Setting/Title: Academia / Assistant Professor

Previous Experience: Lead School-Based Occupational Therapist; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder; School-Based Practice; Leisure and Play Occupations

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Learner and Teacher

Additional Information (Professional Memberships, Awards, Honors, Activities, etc.): AOTA and WFOT member; Tuition Reimbursement for Recruitment and Retention of School-Based Occupational Therapists from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (2011); AOTA and NBCOT Volunteer.


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