Thomas Decker, EdD, OTD, OTR/ L
T homas Decker is the Clinical Director at Interplay and an Associate Professor in the OTD entry level program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Tampa Bay campus. He has been an occupational therapist for 27 years in both adult and child rehabilitation, including co-founding pediatric private therapy practices in the Republic of Ireland. He received his training in several different approaches and treatment techniques, including Neuro-developmental Treatment and PNF, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, and many other specialized protocols throughout his career. Dr. Decker has clinical experience with adults including those with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and other neurological disorders; and he has been both a therapist and consultant for children of all ages with varying diagnoses across several settings in the USA (Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale), Ireland, and the UK. His dissertation for his EdD was titled “Student Perceptions of Preparation for Fieldwork Experiences in a Blended Learning Entry Level OTD Program: A Phenomenological Study” and his research for his post professional OTD was titled “The Development and Implementation of an Adolescent Treatment Group Program for Teens with DCD/Dyspraxia”.
His other research has included topics such as private practice, sensory processing and fieldwork education, transformational leadership and personality traits, as well as survey development. His current research is phenomenological in nature examining areas of disenfranchisement, and more specifically employment and education experienced by different racial groups of ex-convicts, post-release. A multitude of factors affecting ex-convicts upon release are being explored.