Position: Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Location: 1775 N. Sector Court, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 542-6548
Employed Since: August 2015
B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.S., University of Indianapolis
Ph.D., Duquesne University
1988-present Certified by NBCOT (974676)
Colaianni, D., Provident, I., DiBartola, L., Wheeler, S. (2015). A phenomenology of occupation-based hand therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 63(3), 177-186.
AOTA. (2014). Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process 3rd Edition, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, S1-S48. (co- authored as part of the Commission on Practice)
Colaianni, D. & Provident, I. (2013). The use of occupation in hand therapy. In D. Pierce (Ed.), Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.
Colaianni, D. & Provident, I. (2010). The benefits of and challenges to the use of occupation in hand therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 24(2), 130-145.
Colaianni, D. & Davis, D. (2013) Receiving Referrals for evaluating Clients for Driving Safety. OT Practice
Colaianni, D. (2013) Hands on: Pursuing an occupation-based approach in hand therapy. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Web Based content October 3,
Mahaffey, L. & Colaianni, D. (2012). Understanding ICF’s connection to occupational therapy services. OT Practice, 17(7), 7-8.
Colaianni, D. (2012) Hands On: Taking care of ourselves. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 28
Colaianni, D. (2012) Hands On: PAMS and Fieldwork Expectations. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 28 (18),7.
Colaianni, D. (2012) Hands On: The Importance of mentoring. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 28 (11), 9
Colaianni, D. (2012) Hands On: Occupation in therapy has many aspects. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 28 (7),9.
Colaianni, D. (2012) Hands On: Let’s end the debate. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 28 (3),
Colaianni, D. (2011). Hands on: The Case for Holism in Hand Treatment. Advance for Occupational Therapists, 27(22), 8.
Colaianni, D. (2011). Hands On: Why I embraced Occupation in Hand Care. Advance for Occupational Therapists, 27(18), 10.
Colaianni, D. (2010). Occupation in hand therapy. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 26(16), 12-14.
Poster presentation “Intentionally developing a distinctly occupational approach in hand therapy practice” at the AOTA national Conference, Nashville, TN, April, 2015
Presented with members of AOTAs COP on the Third Edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, at the AOTA National Conference Baltimore MD, April, 2013
Presented Using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure at 2012 WVOTA conference, October 16, 2012 Morgantown, WV
Co-Presented “Review of Wrist and Hand: Anatomy and Function”, WVU, July 17-18, 2009
Poster presentation: “Creating a student and clinician research community” with Diana Davis, MS, OTR/L and Amanda Kessler, MS, OTR/L at the AOTA National Conference, Houston Texas, April, 2009
Poster presentation: “The effect of meaningful participation on the life satisfaction of nursing home residents” (Co-author Roxanna Davis, OTR/L) at the AOTA National Conference, Houston Texas, April, 2009
Invited participant in a panel discussion on professional development pathways for POTA District II, November 1, 2008
Presented “Promoting Occupation-Based practice in Physical Disabilities” at the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association conference, Morgantown, WV, October 18, 2008.
Presented “Edema Management: Evidence and Techniques” at the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association conference, Charleston, WV, October 18, 2007.
Presented “The Use of Occupation in Hand Therapy” at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s national conference, ST Louis MO, April 14, 2007.
Presented “Evidence Based Practice of Distal Radius Fractures” at the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association conference, Morgantown, WV, October 21, 2006.
Co-Presented on Evaluation of the Hand at WVU’s Alumni weekend workshop October 1, 2005
Co-presented “Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Clinical Practice” at the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association conference November 13, 2004.
AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
WFOT (World Federation of Occupational Therapists)
Dr. Colaianni joined the SUDOT faculty in 2015. She has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and in occupational therapy academia for 15 years. Dr. Colaianni is a Certified Hand Therapist and has worked as an occupational therapist with adult clients in inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing, home health and industrial rehabilitation settings. She has taught courses on research, theory and assessment and treatment in occupational therapy. Dr. Colaianni’s research, presentations and publications have focused on occupation-based hand therapy.