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Alex Orkwis, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Alex Orkwis joined Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences in August 2023 as a clinical assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy division. He comes to Binghamton from Loveland, Ohio, where he practiced occupational therapy. His passion for scholarly activities stemmed from a young age while spending time with his father, a professor of aerospace engineering and an administrator for the University of Cincinnati.

With a background spanning over a decade supporting people within the special needs community, his impactful work has encompassed:

  • Publication of interdisciplinary research utilizing iWorx software to record biomechanical data during functional activities
  • Innovation encompassing design, modeling and 3D-printing a variety of assistive devices in conjunction with engineers or independently to address various distinct client needs
  • Leadership as director of Camp Odakota, uniquely crafted by occupational therapists to offer children with sensory processing disorders a “typical” summer camp experience
  • Collaborative treatment, supervisory roles, delivery of teletherapy during COVID-19 and establishment of affordable sensory rooms in K-12 public schools and outpatient settings
  • Membership in Ohio’s OTPTAT Board Legislation Committee, contributing to safety regulations within the practice of occupational therapy

Orkwis welcomes future collaboration with all disciplines to develop innovative therapeutic solutions that are both affordable and accessible for everyone.


  • OTD, occupational therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Florida
  • BS, biological science (biomedicine concentration), University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Interests

  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting biomechanical data during functional activities
  • Augmenting occupational therapy practice with artificial intelligence and big data
  • Exploring assistive technology and environmental modifications

Clinical Interests

  • Developing inter/transdisciplinary collaborative innovation
  • Creating assistive technology via additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Establishing affordable and accessible therapeutic services

Teaching Interests

  • Professional reasoning: critical inquiry and decision-making
  • Advancements in assistive technology and orthopedics
  • Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy