University of South Alabama, College of Medicine
Marjorie E. Scaffa is Professor Emeritus and Founding Chairperson of the of the Occupational Therapy program at the University of South Alabama. She earned a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Community Health and Health Education from the University of Maryland. In addition, she has a Master‚Äôs degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Scaffa has worked as an occupational therapist in a number of clinical and community settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, home health, long term care, hospice, alcohol/drug prevention and treatment programs, and community mental health. She serves as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Dr. Scaffa is the author/editor of a textbook entitled Occupational Therapy in Community-Based Practice Settings published by F.A. Davis which has been translated into multiple languages. She co-authored two official documents for the AOTA, (1) Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and the Prevention of Disease and Disability and (2) The Role of Occupational Therapy in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery: A Concept Paper.
In 2018, Dr. Scaffa was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Occupational Therapy from the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is well known internationally for her contributions to community-based practice and health promotion and prevention.