Faculty

Dr. Sherri Powers
Dr. Sherri Powers, DOT, MSOT, BSOT, OTR/L
Program Director
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205C
spowers8@murraystate.edu
270.809.1687
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Sherri

Dr. Sherri Powers is the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Murray State University-- Paducah Campus, with specialties in pediatrics, geriatrics, and leadership. She is interested in research/scholarly projects relating to improving function for her patients and improving the occupational therapy student’s grasp of occupational therapy concepts. More specifically, Dr. Powers focuses on the geriatric population with urinary incontinence issues and nursing home staff educational & programming needs, as well as textbook reading and learning strategies for college students. Additionally, Dr. Powers has implemented research projects focusing on occupational therapy delivery models for children in the school system. Dr. Powers graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia PA with a doctorate in occupational therapy (DOT) in 2010, focusing on Pediatrics, Ergonomics, and Leadership; received both MSOT (2007) and BSOT (2004) in occupational therapy from University of Southern Indiana, Evansville IN; and, an AAS in occupational therapy assistant from SICCM, Herrin IL in 1999. Dr. Powers has several years’ experience teaching in both OT & OTA programs, has multiple publications & presentations, earned Master Teacher designation 2011, and has a certified therapy dog which she utilizes in pediatric and geriatric settings for animal-assisted occupational therapy service provision.

 
Candace Alvey
Dr. Candace Alvey, OTD, BS/MSOT, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205A
calvey@murraystate.edu
270.809.1685
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Candace

Dr. Candace Alvey is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy program at Murray State University, Paducah campus. She received both her BSOT (2009) and MSOT (2010) from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She received her DOT (2018) from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Dr. Alvey has been practicing OT for the past 8 years with experience in acute, subacute, outpatient, and long-term care settings. She has special interest in research concerning the geriatric population with focus on oral care and the effects of poor oral hygiene on the health and well-being of those living in a skilled nursing facility. Dr. Alvey is a National rated women's gymnastics official where she officiates competitions through the collegiate level. Dr. Alvey had the honor of being selected to officiate both the 2018 Southeast Conference Championship in St. Louis, Missouri and the 2018 Regional Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 
Kim Parr
Dr. Christine Watt, PhD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205B
cwatt2@murraystate.edu
270.809.1686
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Christine

Dr. Watt has been in the profession of occupational therapy for 20 years – 5 years as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, 8 years as a Registered Occupational Therapist working in clinical settings, and 7 years as an educator in an occupational therapy program. Her clinical experience includes settings in inpatient, outpatient, industrial rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Dr. Watt’s research interests include aging in place, industrial rehabilitation, and mental health.