Heather Panczykowski, DHSc, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Health Sciences Building, 3305H
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

252-744-6194 (phone)
252-744-6198 (fax)


Educational Experience

  • D.H.Sc. in Doctor of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. in Early Intervention/School Based Practice, University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Keuka College

Professional Interests/ Research

  • Examining the influence of occupational therapy in equine assisted activities of children with disabilities and their families
  • Teaching and learning with a focus on universal design for learning in higher education and clinical practice

Publications and Presentations

Research Grants

  • October 2019: North Carolina Horse Council Research Grant

Professional Service

American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Vice Chair: OTA Academic Leadership Council 2014-2017
  • Secretary- OTA Program Director’s Educational Council 2001-2008; 2010-2014
  • Roster of Accreditation Evaluators Term 2002-2005

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2020: American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows
  • 2020: Chancellor’s Horizon Award for Service, East Carolina University
  • 2019-2020: Health Science Author Recognition Award – Willam E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University
  • 2005: Chancellor’s Award recipient for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York
  • 2005: Presidents Award for Teaching Excellence, Jamestown Community College
  • 2003: Award of Merit for Practice in Education, New York State Occupational Therapy Association


  • November 2020: The American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) Hippotherapy Certified Therapist
  • May 2020: Path International Registered Therapist
  • September 2015-2022: Received approval to serve as a canine therapy team in predictable and unpredictable environments through Pet Partners
  • December 2008: Certification in physical agent modalities (ApPle) from Physical Agent Modalities Credentialing Agency, CPAM

Teaching Responsibilities

  • OCCT 6003 Dyadic & Groups Skills in Occupational Therapy
  • OCCT 6004 Dyadic & Groups Skills in Occupational Therapy Lab
  • OCCT 6100 Therapeutic Use of Human Occupation I
  • OCCT 6150 Therapeutic Use of Human Occupation I Lab
  • OCCT 6650 Conducting Research in Occupational Therapy
  • OCCT 6660 Master’s Project