Welcome to the Gerontology SIS! 

OTs, OTAs, and students work with older adults in a variety of settings with the goal to promote safety, Independence, and participation. Challenges and joys experienced with clients are similar for all occupational therapy practitioners. The NCOTA Gerontology Special Interest Section provides to our members: evidence-based education; an inclusive forum for networking with other practitioners and students who work with older adults throughout the continuum of care; and advocacy for our diverse members and clientele. Together we can enhance our profession, improve the services that we provide, and strengthen our roles as leaders within the occupational therapy profession and within our facilities and treatment environments.




Chair: Rachel Stuart, OTA CDP

*Email:   [email protected]

*OT Education: Durham Technical Community College class of 2017 Occupational Therapy Assistant

*Current Setting/Title: 

Primary practitioner at outpatient clinic in Chapel Hill Assisted Living Facility

*Previous Experience: Skilled Nursing, physical disabilities

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Dementia care, developed presentation on behavioral modification interventions for patients with sundowning 

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Outside of work, Rachel enjoys gardening, baking, and cycling. Mom to 2 boys, wife, and pet lover.

Additional Information: Certified Dementia Practitioner 2021


Chair: Susan Misciagno, OTD, OTR/L BCG, C/NDT

*Email:   [email protected]

 *OT Education: OTD Creighton University (2019), BS-OT Escuela Colombiana de Rehabilitacion (1998)

*Current Setting/Title: Methodist University, Academic Capstone Coordinator and Assistant Professor

*Previous Experience: SNF, Acute Care, Inpatient Rehab, Schools, Home Health, PACE/Community

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Gerontology practice in the community, Aging in place, Chronic Disease Management, Education, Research, Leadership, Driving, Stroke Management

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: Wife, mom, aunt, dog lover, teaching, learning, movies, Zumba

*Additional Information: Gerontology SIS Co-Chair, Member of NCOTA, NDT, AOTA, and WFOT; NDT certified, AOTA Board Certified in Gerontology, board member Therapeutic Solutions Outreach

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED-to be rescheduled


**QR code is for joining the meeting


Past Presentations

  PowerPoint-- Fall 2020 NCOTA Conference ("Depression & Suicide in Older Adults: OT's Role During COVID-19")

Potential Resources from Debbie & Susan (not necessarily endorsed by NCOTA)