Faculty Profile

Erica Defrancesco

Erica A. Defrancesco

Part-Time Faculty


BS, University of Florida
MS, Tufts University

Occupational Therapy

Phone Number

(203) 582-6548

Mail Drop




Drive Consulting National Co.

2014 – Present

Independent Contractor : •Consulted with 10 skilled nursing homes to date, educating up to 180 staff members at each organization on topics such as Communicating with Individuals with Dementia, Thinking Outside the Box, and Person Centered Fall Prevention.

Quinnipiac University

2012 – Present

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University

2009 – 2011

Adjunct Instructor. 4 semesters, non-consecutive, prior to full time faculty appointment.

Hamden, CT

Alzheimer’s Resource Center

2008 – 2012

Director of Community Service

Southington, CT

Institute of Living

2006 – 2008

Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator

Hartford, CT

Masonicare Health Center

2004 – 2006

Occupational Therapist.: Administered functional evaluations and cognitive assessments •Assessed clients’ ambulation and ADL status, prescribing them to assisted ambulation and ADL retraining programs as necessary • Collaborated with nursing homes and assisted living facilities to establish clients’ prior level of functioning and to ensure continuity of care for discharge planning •Supervised Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Interns •Participated in Speakers Bureau

Wallingford, CT

Institute of Living

2000 – 2004

Occupational Therapist

Hartford, CT

DeFrancesco, E., Hayden, T, & Murphy, K., Cultivating Intergenerational Opportunities for Meaningful Engagement, Connecticut Annual Dementia Education Conference, Cromwell, CT (2017, April).

DeFrancesco, E., Huberman, J., Lee, K., & Weissman, S., Life Story Work with Older Adults, ConnOTA Spring Conference 2017, Cromwell, CT (2017, April).

Papa, K., Atwood, P., DeFrancesco, E., Fedus, D., & Giannini, G., ECHO: Building the Capacity of Dementia Care Practitioners, Connecticut Annual Dementia Education Conference, Cromwell, CT (2017, April).

Bonduc, S., DeFrancesco, E., Macaluso, L., Ercolino, M., Cooney, L., Bailey, P., Jorde, A., DeSimone, A., & Shahbazian, E., Centennial Photo Contest Commemorates Essence of Profession's Impact, 22(8) OT Practice 23-25, May 8, 2017 (2017).

DeFrancesco, E., & Papa, K., Intergenerational Friendships Under One Roof, 7(3) Leading Age Magazine Online, May-June (2017).

DeFrancesco, E., Building Intergenerational Communities, ECHO Dementia Care Summit, Wallingford, CT, Fall Regional (2016).

Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association


From 2012 to present.

National Board Certified Occupational Therapist


From 1999 to present.

Occupational Therapist, Connecticut licensure


From 1999 to present.

American Occupational Therapy Association Member


From 1998 to present.