John Patro Jr., OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Patro’s occupational roles include: Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Educator, Caregiver (children and pet) as well as Mentor and Arts Enthusiast/Aficionado.
Dr. Patro began his career as an occupational therapist in 2008 working in long term/subacute care. While working as a Team Leader of Rehabilitation Services in North Philadelphia, Dr. Patro earned his post-professional clinical doctorate. Having spent time in his clinical career serving as an adjunct professor, Dr. Patro transitioned into full-time academia in 2013. Since then, Dr. Patro has served in roles such as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Doctoral Capstone Coordinator/Director of Doctoral Projects as well as Program Director and now Chair.
As a husband and father of two boys, Dr. Patro deeply values his family and enjoys spending time with these most important people in his life. Valuing the importance of continued expansion of knowledge and skills, Dr. Patro not only earned his clinical doctorate in 2010, he has gone further to complete all coursework for a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration on adult learning and development.
In his leisure time, Dr. Patro enjoys traveling within and outside of the United States. In an effort to blend his love for travel and role as an OT educator, Dr. Patro has led international outreach trips with students. In addition to travel, Dr. Patro also enjoys theatre as well as spectator sports. As a native of the Philadelphia area, Dr. Patro’s love of sports also comes with the heartache of defeat.
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Chatham University
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Scranton
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Scranton
Current Research and Scholarship Interests:
- Scholarship of teaching and learning
- Cultural competency and international practice
- Interprofessional education
- Adult/older adult practice
Brooklyn Home: $10,000 awarded to Occupational Therapy Department at Monmouth University for the Monmouth University Collaborative on Aging (MUCoA)
Publications and Peer Review Presentations:
Patro, J. & Porter, C. (2020). OTRx: Strategies for enhancing IPE through medical mission trips. Interprofessional (IPE) 2020 Conference Workshop (Atlantic City, NJ).
Patro, J. and Hellerstein, E. (2019).What’s taught today impacts the world tomorrow: Addressing LGBTQ issues in occupational therapy education through culturally informed care. American Occupational Therapy Association Education Platform (Las Vegas, NV).
Strauss, M., Patro, J., & Vitale, J. (2019).Problem-based learning simulation as a level I fieldwork experience: Integrating knowledge and skills across the curriculum.American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit Poster Presentation (Las Vegas, NV).
Porter, C., Alm, D., King, M. & Patro, J. (2019). Developing an IPE focused medical mission experience: Mapping for success. Collaborating Across Borders Roundtable Discussion (Indianapolis, IN).
Patro, J. (2014). Occupational engagement and participation: An exploration of the effectiveness of standardized assessment in developing occupational histories with hemodialysis patients in a subacute rehabilitation setting. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Poster Presentation (Yokohama, Japan).
Lazzarini, I., Salzer, M., & Patro, J. (2014). Exploring the validity of a model for MOT students’ professional behaviors. American Occupational Therapy Association Poster Presentation (Baltimore, MD).
Patro, J. (2013). Occupational engagement and participation: An exploration of the effectiveness of standardized assessment in developing occupational histories with hemodialysis patients in a subacute rehabilitation setting. American Occupational Therapy Association Poster Presentation (San Diego, CA).
Patro, J. (2011). Leadership in occupational therapy: Self perceptions of occupational therapy managers. American Occupational Therapy Association Research Paper Presentation (Orlando, FL).
Patro, J.(2011). Leadership in occupational therapy: Self perceptions of occupational therapy managers. Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Presentation (Erie, PA).
Patro, J.& Chacon, M. (2011). Management of renal patients. MossRehab Lecture Series (Philadelphia, PA).
Fleming-Castaldy, R.P. & Patro, J. (2009). Leadership in occupational therapy: Self perceptions of occupational therapy managers. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare,26(2-3), pp.187-202. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2012.697256
Professional Activities and Memberships/Certifications:
Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
Member, New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association
Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
Registered, National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists
Licensee, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Occupational Therapy Council
Licensee, Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy
Certified, Physical Agent Modalities
Certified, CarFit Event Coordinator
Awards and Honors:
2020 Recipient, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Award: Overall Winner: An Interprofessional Approach to International Outreach Experiences
2010 Recipient, Clinical Excellence Award: Genesis Rehab Services
2007 Recipient, Excellence in Occupational Therapy: The University of Scranton