Dr. Susan Hoey

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program

(319) 226 2527

Office Hours: Mon 1:30 - 4 p.m.; Fri 10 - noon

Dr. Hoey joined the Occupational Therapy faculty in 2016 as an adjunct professor and became full-time assistant professor in 2017. She has 25 years of clinical experience as the lead OT in a hospital setting where she worked with patients across the care continuum including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient services. Her clinical areas of expertise include neurorehabilitation, medically complex patients, low vision, chronic pain and upper extremity prosthetics.

Joined Allen College: 2016

Post-professional OTD, Occupational Therapy, Mount Mary University (2019)
MS OT, Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St Louis (1991)
BA, Psychology, Wartburg College (1989)

Professional Certifications:
Assistive Technology Professional
Quality Matters: Independent Applying the QM Rubric
i-limb digits Advanced
Interactive Metronome for Pediatrics and Adults
Saebo Flex Certified Fitter

Professional Memberships:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Iowa Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA)
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

Teaching Concentration: 
Applied Anatomy, Assistive Technology, Emerging Practice, OT Practice with Adult Populations

Dr. Hoey’s research interests include ALS Caregiver Learning Labs, Assistive Technology and Experiential Learning in OT Education. She has presented on these topics at state (IOTA) and national AOTA conferences and has published in OT Practice.

Community/College Service:
Secretary, Allen College Graduate Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee
Advisory Board, Kirkwood Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Church council, youth leader and multiple other roles, American Lutheran Church, Jesup

What do yo enjoy most about teaching at Allen College?
I love the constant challenge of learning new things and I am passionate about developing practical hands-on learning opportunities for students. I appreciate meeting each student and making connections with them and I treasure the friendships I have created with the other faculty. It is exciting to be a part of the transformation process as students become occupational therapists.