Clubs & Organizations

The Student Occupational Therapy Association | SOTA
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) at Sacred Heart University is a student-run association. Membership is open to all first and second year students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy. SOTA engages in educational, social, service and fundraising activities and seeks to promote Occupational Therapy. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association through attendance at their annual conferences and by representation of a student delegate elected by the SOTA members. SOTA and the Pre-OT Club are advised by an occupational therapy program faculty member.
Pi Theta Epsilon
SHU's Pi Theta Epsilon Chapter is an honor society organized to recognize and encourage scholastic accomplishments of occupational therapy students. For more information on PTE visit

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Club is for undergraduate students who are considering a Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy. The club provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the profession and interact with the faculty and students from the SHU Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy and with practicing occupational therapists from the community. Students can gain valuable information about the interview and selection process, pre-requisites, and volunteer opportunities, as well as socialize and engage in service activities.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club members interested in arranging for observation experiences, please contact Career Development at

For more information or to join, contact:


Mary-Ellen Johnson, OTD, MAHSM, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
Healthcare Education N120
Tel: 203-396-8210


Stephanie Cooney

Deirdre O'Malley


AOTA is the profession’s association that advocates the enhancement of the profession of occupational therapy. The national office is maintained at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449. All OT students  become AOTA members in their first semester.

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Students are encouraged to join ConnOTA. Student membership in ConnOTA is $20 per year, which provides full member benefits as well as a discount on the annual conference rate. ConnOTA has multiple ways to join or contact them: 860-257-1371 or

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