Dr. Heather Panczykowski
Joined JCC
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Primary Campus
Jamestown Campus
Phone Number
Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; Professor, Occupational Therapy

I have been an occupational therapist since 1991, and have worked in a variety of health-care settings including in-patient rehabilitation, school systems, early intervention, and in-home health. I came to Jamestown Community College in 2000, but have continued clinical practice since joining the college. I strongly believe that to be a good teacher I need to continue to be in the practice environment.

I have taught a variety of courses, most often in the areas of pediatrics and intervention courses. I love teaching and believe that using authentic learning environments is the most effective way for students to learn. In my classes, students are often out in the community learning their communication and clinical skill sets! It is motivating and extremely exciting for both myself and the students to have them successfully treat patients so early on in their education.

Degree Field of Study Institution
D.H.Sc. Health Science Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Early Intervention/School-Based Practice State University of New York at Buffalo
B.S. Occupational Therapy Keuka College
Courses Taught
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts/Techniques
OTA 1650: Growing Years: Birth-Young Adult
OTA 2560: Therapeutic Interventions II
OTA 2550: Technology and Environmental Applications for Living
  • Panczykowski, Heather L. "CIT vs. NDT." Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 2008.
  • Dankert, Heather L., Davies, Patricia, and Gavin, William. "Benefits of Occupational Therapy in Visual-Motor Skill Development in Preschoolers." American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2003. 


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