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Rick D. Davenport, Ph.D., OTR/L

Rick Davenport
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
Ph.D. Program Director
(954) 262-1265 rd418@nova.edu

As Assistant Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Occupational Therapy, Dr. Davenport oversees the department’s Ph.D. students, dissertation projects, and Ph.D. in OT curriculum.  He joined Nova Southeastern University in 2011. Prior to this Program Director appointment in Fort Lauderdale, he held a Director of Research position (2011-2016) at NSU Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program in Tampa, Florida. He has also held research positions at both the Gainesville Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center (RORC) and Tampa Center of Excellence (COE) VAMC. His combined occupational therapy experience spans over 16 years of practice in adult and productive aging settings. Concurrently, as part of his service to the community, he serves as Soka Gakkai International–USA (SGI-USA) Men’s Division Vice-District leader for the Fort Lauderdale Chapter.

His current scholarly research interests focus on older adults, virtual reality, gaming, and persuasive technology. He has recently completed a feasibility study to investigate interventions that may increase exercise adherence in older adults at risk for falls. He serves on state and local organizations, including Florida Occupational Therapy (FOTA) –Technology Special Interest (SIS) Chair, and Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice (IJAHSP) –Manuscript Review Board, and Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) Men’s Division Vice-District Leader.

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