Faculty Profile

Nicole Fidanza

Nicole A. Fidanza

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy


BS, MOT, OTD, Quinnipiac University
Areas of expertise


Functional Neuroscience II

Spring 2020

Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy

Spring 2020

Capstone Graduate Projects

Spring 2020


Occupational Therapy

Phone Number

(203) 582-7361

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Nicole Fidanza graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2007 with a MS in Occupational Therapy and in 2017 with a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate. She has focused her practice on working with older adult clients across the continuum of rehabilitative care. Nicole is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy whose teaching focuses on gerontology, neurorehabilitation, occupation and health, and professionalism. She is also a Fieldwork Educator credentialed through the American Occupational Therapy Association who leads students through Fieldwork II experiences to support the psychosocial needs of older adults. Her current research is focused on the connection between social participation and well being amongst older adults.

Quinnipiac University

2018 – Present

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University

2018 – 2018

Visiting Faculty

Quinnipiac University

The Dodd Law Firm, LLC

2018 – Present

Home Safety Consultant

Cheshire, Connecticut

UCONN Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital

2014 – 2015

Per Diem Occupational Therapist

Farmington, Connecticut

Genesis Rehabilitation Services

2011 – 2018

Staff Occupational Therapist

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Quinnipiac University

2011 – 2017

Adjunct Faculty

Quinnipiac University

Genesis Rehabilitation Services

2009 – 2011

Per Diem Occupational Therapist

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Saint Mary’s Hospital

2008 – 2011

Staff Occupational Therapist

Waterbury, Connecticut

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., Godusky, K. , "Determining the Needs of Newly-Transitioned Residents: A Mixed-Methods Assessment at The Towers", Quinnipiac University Interprofessional Poster Day 2019 (2019).

Fidanza, N., Bondoc, S., "Expectation versus Reality: The Lived Experience of Newly Graduated OTs in Skilled Nursing Facilities", 2019 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, New Orleans, LA, Quinnipiac University (2019).

Fidanza, N., Baker, N., Brown, R., Gallagher, H., & Godusky, K. , Determining the Needs of Newly Transitioned Residents in a Senior Living Facility: A Mixed-Methods Assessment, Connecticut Public Health Association 2019 Annual Conference , Plantsville, CT (2019).

Fidanza, N., Kowal, J., Bondoc, S. , "Short, Spontaneous, and Superficial: An Exploration of Social Participation Amongst Older Adults in Assited Living Facilities", Quinnipiac University QUIP Symposium October 2018 (2018).

Fidanza, N. , Expectation versus reality: The lived experience of newly-graduated occupational therapists in skilled nursing facilities, Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, Cromwell, CT (2018).

Fidanza, N., Kowal, J., Bondoc, S. , "Social Participation Amongst Older Adults: An Exploration of Living in Assited Living Facilities", ConnOTA 2018 Fall SIS Conference , Wallingford, CT (2018).

American Occupational Therapy Association


Member #000004256063

Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association




Post-professional OTD degree awarded by Quinnipiac University.



Entey-Level MOT degree awarded by Quinnipiac University.

OT, Occupational Therapist


State of Connecticut Department of Public Health- valid through 7/31/21

OTR, Occupational Therapist


National Board Certificate License #237557



Awarded by Quinnipiac University.