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Jane Bear-Lehman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FNAP

Professor, Founding Director of Occupational Therapy

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Jane Bear-Lehman joined Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences in January 2020 as professor and founding director of the Division of Occupational Therapy, which is part of the college's new School of Rehabilitation Sciences.

In addition, Bear-Lehman serves as an adjunct faculty member in the New York University College of Dentistry Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging and the Community and as a collaborator in the Stevens Institute of Technology Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. She held faculty and administrative positions in occupational therapy at private and public universities including New York University, Columbia University and the University of Toronto.

She has continually served as a principal investigator (PI), Co-PI or as an executive advisory board member on externally funded federal grants for over the last two decades to address:

  • Upper limb potential
  • Functional performance measurements

She serves on over nine editorial review boards in addition to serving as an associate editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

Additionally, she has more than 85 referred and invited publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks


  • PhD, occupational therapy, Steinhardt School, New York University
  • MS, occupational therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago
  • BS, occupational therapy, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Upper limb potential
  • Functional performance measurements

Clinical Interests

  • Occupational and hand therapy for patients orthopedic and neurologically based upper-quadrant needs
  • Recognizing clinically derived problems in need of a solution

Teaching Interests

  • Scientific research design and implementation in translational science
  • Assessment of physical performance measures
  • Social determinants of health in occupational therapy practice
  • Advocacy for health disparities and inequities

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