Debra Tupé

Debra Tupé, PhD, MPH, OTR, FAOTA

Assistant Professor in Clinical Occupational Therapy



  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA Psychology
  • Columbia University, MS Occupational Therapy
  • New York Medical College, MPH International Health
  • Temple University, Ph.D Sociology

Clinical Expertise

  • Pediatrics
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
  • International Program Development
  • Adult Home Care

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Pediatrics I & II
  • Indirect Services
  • International Service Learning Electives

Research Interests

  • OT practitioners’ development of cultural competency
  • Lived experience of disability in international contexts
  • Cross-cultural teaching and program development
  • Social participation of children and adolescents with HIV and disability

Professional Awards, Recognitions, Activities

  • AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Pediatric Global Health
  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of AOTA, WFOT, Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists
  • Presenter at AOTA, WFOT, Association of Caribbean
  • Occupational Therapists, NYSOTA conferences
  • Global Health Partners Occupational Therapy Board Member
  • Faculty Roster, Columbia University Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Member, AOTA Ad Hoc Task Force on International Fieldwork


  • Tupe D. (2014). Emerging Theories. In B.A. Boyt Schell, G. Gillen & M.E. Scaffa (Eds.) in Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th Edition pgs. 553-562). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Tupé D. (2012). When Disaster Strikes: A Rehabilitation Perspective. Rehabilitation Outlook, 17, 3-4.
  • Tupé D.A. (2010) The Lived Experience of Caring: Voices of Mothers of Children with Disabilities in Cardenas, Cuba. ProQuest.
  • Hansen, A.M., Munoz, J., Crist, P.A., Gupta, J., Ideishi, R., Primeau, L.A., Tupé, D. (2007). Service Learning : Meaningful, Community Centered Professional Skill Development for Occupational Therapy Students. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21:25-49.
  • Tupé D. & Tarola, A. (2003). Jefferson College of Health Professions Students Study in Cardenas, Cuba-Philadelphia’s Sister City. Health Policy Newsletter,16, 3.
  • Tupé D. (2003). A Visit to Cuba. World Federation of Occupational Therapists: Americas Region Newsletter, 4, 3.

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