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Alison M. Rangel

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor

Occupational Therapy


Alison M. Rangel is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University Steinhardt. She holds a post-professional clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from New York University Steinhardt, a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton, and a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton.

Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Rangel had an extensive clinical career, working first with the NYU Langone School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center and later serving as a senior occupational therapy clinician for the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital (formally known as St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital). In addition, she has held adjunct faculty appointments at Long Island University and NYU Steinhardt and has managed the fieldwork program for NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy in her former full-time administrator role.

Dr. Rangel is a proud national member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), and Terapia Ocupacional Para Diversidad, Oportunidad Y Solidaridad (TODOS) which she helps promote during her invited Salsa Dance Break community performance at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Inspire Conference.

Dr. Rangel is a recipient of the NYU Samuel Eshborn Service Award, given to graduating students in recognition of her academic and community service achievements. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council of New York and New Jersey (MOTEC) and is an editorial board member of the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal. She is often invited to speak on her expertise with state licensure authorization, and experiential learning. Her interests include psychosocial rehabilitation, therapeutic crisis intervention, experiential learning, professional development, and professional licensure regulation.



New York University, OTD, Occupational Therapy, 2021. University of Scranton, MS, Occupational Therapy, 2004. University of Scranton, BS, Health Sciences, Minor in Counseling & Human Services, 2003.

Professional Experience

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, New York University, New York, NY, 2012-present. Adjunct Professor, Long Island University, New York, NY 2009-2012. Sr. Clinician, Psychiatry, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY 2006-2012. Clinician, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY 2005-2007.

Professional Activities

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Conference Presenter, 2016 – present, AOTA Member, 2008 – present.

State Affiliate Activities

New York State Occupational Therapy Association Member, 2019 – present, Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council (MOTEC) of New York & New Jersey Member, 2012 – present.


Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Journal, Editorial Board Member, 2020 - present. Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) Clinical Education Task Force, 2020 – present, Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Member, 2020 – present, Terapia Ocupacional para la Diversidad, Oportunidad y Solidaridad (TODOS) Member, 2008 to present, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Member, 2008 – present.


NYU Steinhardt Samuel Eshborn Service Award, 2021. NYU Administrator Award for Excellence Nominee, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017. Community Service Excellence Award, Terapia Ocupacional para la Diversidad, Oportunidad y Solidaridad (TODOS), 2019.


Occupational Therapy

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