Position: Associate Professor; Program Director for OTD; Division Director
Location: 1775 N. Sector Court, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 665-5561
Employed Since: 2012
B.S. in Occupational Therapy and M.Ed. in Health Education both from Pennsylvania State University; OTD from Washington University, Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy at The Pennsylvania State University; Master of Education in Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University; Doctor Of Occupational Therapy, The George Washington University
Gamber, M & Shanholtz, C. (March 2020). A School-Based Intervention Addressing Peer Perceptions of Disabilities. Journal of International Elementary Education. Accessed at: file:///Users/mgamber/
Shanholtz, C., McClintock, K., Gamber, M. (Dec. 2020). School Personnel’s Perceptions of School-Based OT Services: Changing the Narrative. Presented at AOTA Children and Youth Conference.
Gamber, M., & Shanholtz, C., (June 2020). American Association for Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD). National Conference. Influencing Peer Perceptions of Children with Disabilities in an Elementary.
Gamber, M., & Shanholtz, C.,& Potter, C. (June 2020). AAIDD Delegation: Inclusion of People with IDD in Spain. American Association for Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD). National Conference.
Shanholtz, C., Mader, K. & Drury, C. (2020). Gateway Course Experience Conference 2020. Gardner Insitute. Enhancing Student Learning of Cultural Awareness through Team Teaching.
Shanholtz, C. & Gamber, M. (2019). Influencing Peer Perceptions of Children With Disabilities in the Elementary School: How Can We Contribute in This Context. Accepted to American Occupational Therapy Association Conference 2020, Boston, MA.
Shanholtz, C. & Mader, K. (2019). Cultural Awareness and Team Teaching: Enhancing Student’s Learning. Accepted to American Occupational Therapy Association Conference 2020, Boston, MA.
Gamber, M., & Shanholtz, C. (2018). American Association for Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD). National Conference. Peer Perceptions and Behaviors of Persons with ID & DD: Re-affirming Diversity and Inclusion through an Educational Program with 4th and 5th Graders.
Shanholtz, C.. (2017). Enhancing Empowerment & Occupational Justice in Home & Community Based Clinical Services. Invited Presenter & Delegate on the 2017 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Delegation to Iceland and Ireland.
Shanholtz, C., Driver, S., Jackson, S., Parker, R., Herline, B., Lennon, K., Kunert, K., & Pitcock, E. (2017). Perceptions of Occupational Therapy within Virginia Public Schools. Accepted Presentation for District of Columbia Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Washington D.C.
Shanholtz, C., Driver, S., Jackson, S., Parker, R., Herline, B., Lennon, K., Kunert, K., & Pitcock, E. (2017). Perceptions of Occupational Therapy within Virginia Public Schools. Presented at SUpr Summit 2017, Shenandoah University.
Shanholtz, C. & O’Hara, A. (2016). Psychosocial OT Skills: Weaving Education Practice & Fieldwork Experiences for Students. Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Northern District Meeting, Leesburg, VA.
“Attitude is, in fact, a simple daily choice. It makes a significant difference in individual and group success.” Pat Summitt
Dr. Felmlee Shanholtz began her journey in the field of occupational therapy over twenty years ago as a school-based, occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L) working with individuals with intellectual and developmental delays 2-21 years of age. While practicing as a COTA/L she wanted to further her education within the field and returned to Pennsylvania State University’s COTA/L to OTR/L program. While working as a school-based OTR/L, she also completed her Master’s Degree in Health Education at Pennsylvania State University, which then provided her with the opportunity to pursue her passion for teaching in higher education as an adjunct instructor, focusing on treatment and education in intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Felmlee Shanholtz joined Shenandoah University in 2012 as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and in 2015 began working as the Northern Virginia Site Coordinator. She completed her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy at The George Washington University in 2016 and became the Program Director for the Division of Occupational Therapy.
Her research focuses on teacher and student perceptions of individuals with disabilities and the education of school personnel and students. In April 2017 she completed a 1-year institute with the American Occupational Therapy Association to become a Credentialed Leader in Academia (CLA).