Why I Teach
My passion for teaching began early in my career as an Occupational Therapist. I discovered my passion for teaching after working with students during their level one fieldwork placement. While obtaining my Doctorate at Temple University, I decided to take courses that would allow me to obtain a higher education teaching certification. I am dedicated to humanitarian efforts especially in underprivileged communities. I work closely with training programs to provide educational session on Occupational Therapy as a career. These sessions raises awareness about what Occupational Therapy is, while discussing the distinct values OT’s bring to the healthcare field. Teaching and educating others are my passion as I enjoy helping, motivating, and encouraging others to strive for greatness. I am committed to providing and teaching evidenced based information that will allow not only the Occupational Therapy field to advance in a positive direction, but it will also help Wesley’s MOT program blossom as well.
Areas of Expertise: Home and Environmental Modification, Assistive Technology, Home Care, Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Mental Health, Leadership, Community Outreach, Marketing, and Program Development.
I am currently an assistant professor of the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Wesley College, which happens to be the first program in the state of Delaware. I conducted research on The Effectiveness of a Comprehensive Home Health Program on Functional Independence of Older Adults Living in the Community. This research was done to provide OT clinicians, patients, families, caregivers, and other health care profession an insight on the benefits of professionals working together with the use of Assistive Technology to provide the best possible outcomes to our patients. Research shows that a collaborative approach, education, and technology will allow older adults the opportunity to age in place safely for as long as possible. I as I continue to grow as an educator and occupational therapist my goal is to destigmatize mental health in the urban communities, while fostering a collaborative approach amongst healthcare professional to increase awareness about the impact of mental health on one’s occupations and what OTs can do to help.
- Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Temple University
- Teaching Certification in Higher Learning, Temple University
- Master’s in Occupational Therapy, Philadelphia University
- B.S. Health Sciences, Lincoln University
- Location: Johnston Hal 117
- Email: taliah.cook@Wesley.edu
- Phone: (302) 736-2390