Faculty & Staff

Heather R Coalt, OTD
Heather R Coalt, OTD
Assistant Professor of Teaching and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in Occupational Therapy
Year started at UF: 2011
Contact Information
Office Location: Residence Hall- Morey Hall Room 100
Telephone: 419-434-5658
A.A.S., Muskinghum Area Technical College
B.S., The University of Findlay
M.O.T., The University of Findlay
OTD, The University of Utah
  • Academic Credentials:

     Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate, The University of Utah
    Masters of Occupational Therapy, The University of Findlay
    Bachelor of Science, The University of Findlay
    Associate of Applied Science, Muskingum Area Technical College


    Dr. Coalt started her career as an occupational therapy assistant in 2001. In 2003 she began her journey with the University of Findlay in the weekend occupational therapy program, graduating with her master's degree in 2007. Before joining the faculty in June 2011 as the academic fieldwork coordinator, Heather practiced in acute care an inpatient rehabilitation. Her primary areas of interest are with the adult/geriatric neurological and trauma populations.  As academic fieldwork coordinator Heather's role is to place students in clinical practice settings that enable the integration of academic coursework and enhance professional development.

  • Heather has served in a variety of capacities at national, state, and district levels within the field of occupational therapy.

    • Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, Education Special Interest Chair
    • Roster of Fellowship Reviewer: AOTA Residency and Fellowship Program 2017- 2021
    • Appeals Board Member: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education 2016- Current
    • Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, Liaison to the OTPTAT Licensure Board, November 2013- June 2014
    • Roster of Accreditation Evaluator: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education 2010- 2017
    • Member, NBCOT Item Writing Committee 2009-2010 

    In 2007 Heather was a co-writer of a grant that was awarded to Focus on Friends Drop in Center in Findlay for just under $25,000. The grant was for "Improving Quality of Living for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness Through Increased Access to Opportunities for Social Participation". 

    Dr. Coalt has and continues to serve on numerous university and college committees over the last ten years. She currently serves on Graduate Council, Faculty Senate (Secretary), Graduate Student Academic Standards Committee (Chair), and the OT Enrollment and Retention Committee.

  • Meredith, H. (2007). Transitioning from and OTA to an OT. OT Practice, (22) 28.
  • Presentations

    1. Voydetich, D., Basch, J.K., Coalt, H., Hensley, M., Hyacinthe, M., & Silva, M. (2020). Clinical Education Acceleration: From Fieldwork to Post-Professional Training and Beyond! [Webinar].  National Veterans Administration. http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/pwb2oyzmp4d5/
    2. Prusnek, L., Griffiths, T., Dillon, M.B., & Coalt, H. (2019). “Implementing Every Moment Counts Program for Community Level I Fieldwork: Fostering the Development of Social Skills for School-aged Children." The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2019.
    3. Dillon, M.B., Griffiths, T., Dillon, T., Tippie, M., & Coalt, H. (2019). “The Value of Shaping Future Practitioners Through Community-Based Fieldwork: Perceived Benefits of Professional Development." The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2019.
    4.  Griffiths, T., Dillon, M.B., Meredith, H., Dillon, T. The value of creating pathways for specialty practice: Enhancing student learning opportunities and autonomy through community-level II fieldwork. The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. April 2018
    5. Griffiths, T., Dillon, M.B., Dillon, T., & Meredith, H. “Establishing and Understanding the Benefits and Value of Completing Level II Fieldwork in Nontraditional Settings: Practitioner Perceptions." The American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. April 2017.​