Dr. Dennis Aptaker is a 3-time alumn having completed his BS, MOT and OTD degrees at Quinnipiac University. Dennis started his career as a practicing occupational therapist in outpatient, community-based mental health with young adults. His career path then took him to inpatient psychiatry at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital continuing his work with young adults and expanding in to adults and older adults. Following the completion of his OTD degree, Dennis joined the full-time faculty at Quinnipiac University as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Dennis primarily teaches in the psychosocial and mental health curriculum and oversees a coordinating level II fieldwork experience for rising graduate students. Dennis is also the SIS Chairperson for CONNOTA, the state occupational therapy organization in Connecticut, representing mental health. Dennis frequently speaks and presents on topics of occupational justice, addiction, and the role of occupational therapy within interprofessional healthcare.
2016 – Present
Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
2011 – 2016
New Haven, CT
2010 – 2016
2008 – 2011
Occupational Therapist II
Aptaker, D., Occupational therapy’s role and contributions to combating the opioid epidemic. , Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association - Spring Conference, Cromwell, CT (2019).
Aptaker, D, Use of Improv in the Classroom to Prepare for Group Leadership Experience , Faculty Development - High Impact Teaching, North Haven, CT (2019).
Aptaker, D., Affirming Transgender Health Practices, CT College Health Association of Nurses and Directors, North Haven, CT (2019).
McCave, E., Aptaker, D., Hartmann, K,. & Zucconi, R. , Promoting affirmative transgender healthcare practice within hospitals: An IPE standardized patient simulation for graduate healthcare learners. MedEdPortal: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources., pending, Fall 2019 (2019).
Defrancesco, E. & Aptaker, D. , Homelessness: The role of occupational therapy, Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association, Cromwell, CT (2018).
McCave, E., Hartmann, K., Zucconi, R. & Aptaker, D, Promoting affirmative transgender health care practice within hospitals: An IPE standardized patient simulation, Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, Florida (2018).
Bondoc, S., Nadeau, B., Toussaint, L. & Aptaker, D. , Addressing the occupational needs of underserved populations and expanding areas of practice through academic fieldwork partnerships, World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Cape Town, South Africa (2018).
Fanelli Toussaint, L., Hewitt, P. & Aptaker, D. , Performance evaluation of the academic fieldwork coordinator (PEAFWC): A formal assessment for sites, students, and department chair. , AOTA Educational Summit, Louisville, KY (2018).
Fanelli Toussaint, L., Aptaker, D. & Hewitt, P., Psychosocial Fieldwork Level II and the Role Emerging Setting, Presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelpia, PA (2017).
Aptaker, D. & Smith, B., Professional View of Social Media within Occupational Therapy Practice, Presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelpia, PA (2017).
Aptaker, D. & Smith, B. , Professional view of social media within occupational therapy practice, Presentation at Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, New Orleans, LA (2016).
Bondoc, S., Nadeau, B., Toussaint, L., & Aptaker, D., Addressing the occupational needs of underserved populations and expanding areas of practice through academic fieldwork partnerships. , American Occupational Therapy Association, 2019, New Orleans, LA
Initial licensure 03/14/2008
Initial Certification 02/13/2008
Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Entry-Level Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Science - Health Science Studies