Dr. Bloch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and teaches in the entry level and post professional programs. Prior to NSU, Dr. Bloch taught in the occupational therapy department at Florida International University for 20 years. Dr. Bloch serves as college chair of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee to spearhead IPE and Patient and Family -Centered Care initiatives throughout the Health Professions Division. Dr. Bloch has served in advocacy roles in the community with her work as Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. In this capacity, Dr. Bloch provides education to medical and nursing residents on patient and family centered care and enhancing these services throughout the hospital. In 2019, Dr. Bloch received the Celebration of Service Award from the Florida Hospital Association for her community service at the Memorial Healthcare System. Additionally, she served as Legislation Liaison to Region 7 South OT Forum and former secretary of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association.
Dr. Bloch received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University, she received her master’s degree in education with a specialization in special education from Queens College. When practicing as a clinician, Dr. Bloch worked in a variety of pediatric setting: schools, early intervention, pediatric rehab, and children’s hospital. Her doctoral degree in adult education is from Florida International University. She holds certification in sensory integration and pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment. Dr. Bloch’s research interests are in pediatrics, health literacy and patient and family engaged care. Dr. Bloch has presented at local, national, and international conferences. She is committed to engaging students as lifelong learners and discovering the joys and rewards of occupational therapy.