MGS Alum Natalie Leland, PhD
PhD Program in Gerontology, 2009
- Post-Doctoral Fellow, Brown University, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
Natalie Leland PhD, OTR/L, BCG is a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. Her main research interest relates to post acute care rehabilitation utilization and patient outcome. She earned a BS in occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire and her MS and PhD in gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Leland’s research has focused on strategies utilized by older adults to remain in the community after a fall, organizational characteristics associated with falls among newly admitted nursing home residents, examining the role of the nursing home among older adults experiencing their first hip fracture, and geographic variation in post acute care utilization after hip fracture.
She has presented her research findings at national and international conferences, and has given several invited lectures on topics related to occupational therapy within an aging population, facilitating aging in place, and the occupational therapy practitioner’s role in fall prevention.
Leland is currently president of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, chair of the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Scholars and Professional Organization, and serves on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Board for Advanced and Specialty Certification.