Faculty Profile

Martha Sanders

Martha J. Sanders

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Professor of Occupational Therapy


BS, Tufts University
MA, University of Southern California
MSOSH, University of New Haven
PhD, Walden University
Areas of expertise

Wellness/Lifestyle Medicine
Population Health
Vision Rehab/Low Vision

Theoretical Models and Service Learning

Fall 2020

Immersive Fieldwork Experience in Psychosocial and Mental Health Practice (Fieldwork IIa)

Fall 2020

OT Research Methods

Fall 2020

Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice

Fall 2020


Occupational Therapy

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Marcy Sanders is a professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University. Her clinical expertise lie in ergonomics, community health promotion (children and older adults), and environmental modification. She is the chair of the university ergonomics committee which allows her to provide office and manual materials handling ergonomics services to the QU. She teaches ergonomics, research, and administration courses to graduate students and coordinates the graduate Capstone programs. She has been involved in developing low vision programs for community seniors, school-based health promotion programs for elementary schools, and adaptive skiing training programs. Her projects are conducted with students, allowing them to participate in great real-life learning opportunities.

Her current research focuses on volunteerism in adapted sports, home lighting for older adults, light and health, and examining the efficacy of back-pack safety programming. Her interest in health promotion extends internationally as she provide interprofessional oral health educational programs in the rural Bahamas with dental hygiene faculty and students from Tunxis Community College. She has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications. She is also proud to have started an adapted soccer program called TOPS soccer in which highshool students are buddies to players with special challenges.

Prevention Works

1995 – Present


Madison, CT

Quinnipiac University

1993 – Present

Professor, Occupational Therapy

Hamden, CT

Professional Sports Care, Inc.

1991 – 1995

Co-director Occupational Therapy

Meriden, CT

Hope Special Education Center

1988 – 1990

Co-director Options Program

University of Southern California Buena Park, CA

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles,

1981 – 1988

Occupational Therapist II

Los Angeles, CA

St. John's Hospital and Health Center

1979 – 1981

Occupational Therapist

Santa Monica, CA

Sanders, M., Lighting the work environment, 3(3) Work & Industry Special Interest Section Quarterly 29-31, August (2018).

Michalak-Turcotte, C., Sanders, M. J., & Johnson, P., An interprofessional approach to ergonomics, 16(1) Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 30-32, January (2018).

Sanders, M., Older manufacturing workers and adaptation to age-related changes, 3(72) American Journal of Occupational Therapy 7203205060p1-7203205060p11, March (2018).

Sanders, M., Home lighting feasibility study, AOTA, Salt Lake City, UT (2018).

Sanders, M., The benefits of volunteering in adapted skiing, AOTA, Salt Lake City, UT (2018).

Haughey, K., Soja, J., & Sanders, M., Qualitative findings of Stress and Coping in College Students, American occupational therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA (2017).

Sanders, M., Developing an ergonomics process, Ergonomics Conference, Plenary Session, Cromwell, CT, CT Business and Industry Association (2016).

Sanders, M., Van Oss, T., & McGeary, S., Analyzing reflections in service learning to promote personal growth and community self-efficacy, 39(1) Journal of Experiential Education 73–88 (2016).

Sanders, M., Designing classroom routines to promote physical activity in children, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL (2016).

Sanders, M., Examining children’s concepts of health related to backpack safety, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Washington, DC (2016).

Sanders, M., Age-Related Changes and environmental modifications for healthy Older Workers in Manufacturing: A Multiple Case Study, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Washington DC (2016).

Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics


Certified Aging in Place Specialist


Connecticut State OT License


National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy