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Amanda Sammons DSc, OTR/L, ATC

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Health Professions
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Education | Fieldwork
  • Resiliency | Positive Psychology
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Amanda K Sammons DSc, OTR/L, ATC

Medical University of South Carolina

College of Health Professions, Division of Occupational Therapy

151B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962 Charleston, SC 29425

(843) 792-1927 | 



Fieldwork Education               Program Development           Mentorship                  Organization

Clinical Operations                 Hand Therapy                         Mental Health             Leadership



Baylor University                                                                                                  December 2012

Doctor of Science: Occupational Therapy                                              

Shenandoah University                                                                                       December 2010

Master of Science: Occupational Therapy                                             

West Virginia University                                                                                                May 2008

Bachelor of Science: Athletic Training                                                              



Medical University of South Carolina                                                    August 2019 – Present

Assistant Professor   

Medical University of South Carolina                                                    August 2019 – Present

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator                                               

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences                   October 2015 – July 2019

Assistant Professor                                                               

Baylor University | US Army Academy of Health Sciences         February 2013 – April 2015

Adjunct Faculty                                                                               



OTD 841 Psychosocial Correlate

OTD 840 Psychosocial Practice

OTD 840L Psychosocial Practice Lab

OTD 837 Scholarship III Seminar: Capstone Mentor

OTD 836 Scholarship II Seminar: Capstone Mentor

OTD 835 Scholarship I Seminar: Capstone Mentor

OTD 833 Clinical Correlate II

OTD 824 Clinical Correlate I

OT 698 Professional Capstone Seminar

OT 641 Clinical Practicum 2: Level II Fieldwork

OT 640 Clinical Practicum 1: Level II Fieldwork

OT 625 Occupational Therapy Clinical Correlate: Physical Dysfunction

MOT 6311 Evaluation & Intervention: Behavioral Health

MOT 6112 Behavioral Health Course Residency



  • Luken, M. & Sammons, A. (2016) A systematic review of mindfulness practice for reducing job burnout, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 7002250020.
  • Yancosek, K., Gulick, K., & Sammons, A. (2015). Handwriting for Heroes (3rd ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Loving Healing Press.



  • Sammons, A. (April 2021) Applying the Rigor/Relevance Framework to Level I Fieldwork Curriculum Design. Poster Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference; INSPIRE 2021 Virtual.
  • Sammons, A. (February 2021). Addressing the Emotional Well-Being of Students During Fieldwork. Poster to be virtually presented at the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Virtual.
  • Sammons, A. & Welsh, A. (April 2018). Influence of the Army on Occupational Therapy Education. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference; Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Sammons, A. & Orr, A. (April 2012). Narrative Construction and Storytelling with Service Members Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Alabama Occupational Therapy Association Spring Conference; Birmingham, AL.



  • Sammons, A. (2020, October). Interprofessional Approaches to Address Mental Health and Well-Being. Invited panelist at the MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care Workshop, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC.
  • Sammons, A. (2019, October). OT Behavioral Health Practice in the Military. Invited lecture presented in OT639 Occupational Performance: Psychosocial Practice II at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC.
  • Sammons, A. (2019, September). Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Through Interprofessional Collaboration. Invited panelist at the MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care Workshop, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC.



United States Army Officer – Occupational Therapist                        March 2011 – July 2019


Fort Belvoir Community Hospital – Fort Belvoir, VA                        July 2018 – May 2019

                        Outpatient UE Orthopedics

Behavioral Health

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Bethesda, MD      July 2017 – July 2018

                        OT Behavioral Health Supervisor

                        Behavioral Health

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital – Fort Polk, LA                April 2015 – July 2017

                        OT Clinic Chief

                        Outpatient UE Orthopedics

                        Traumatic Brain Injury

                        Acute Care

San Antonio Military Medical Center – Fort Sam Houston, TX.     Jan. 2013 – April 2015

Outpatient UE Orthopedics

Behavioral Health

Fieldwork Coordinator

San Antonio Military Medical Center – Fort Sam Houston, TX.     June 2011 – Dec. 2012

                        Doctor of Science Fellow



MUSC CHP Faculty Senator                                                                     October 2020 - Present

AOTA AESIS New AFWC Network Facilitator                                      September 2020 - Present

CHP OT Faculty Search Committee                                                     September 2020 - Present

MUSC OT Student Fieldwork Advisory Committee Faculty Advisor        January 2020 - Present

CHP Assistant Physical Therapy DCE Search Committee              July 2020 – September 2020

CHP SLP Clinical Coordinator Search Committee                         February 2020 – August 2020

AOTA FWPE Revision Committee                                           February 2020 – September 2020

MUSC CHP Faculty Senator (Alternate)                                         October 2019 – October 2020



SC Licensed Occupational Therapist (5433)                                        December 2018 – Present

Registered Occupational Therapist (NBCOT) (281659)                        February 2011 – Present

Board Certified Athletic Trainer (060802068)                                                June 2008 – Present

American Red Cross BLS Certified                                                      September 2003 – Present

TX License Occupational Therapist (Expired 114068)                 February 2011 – October 2019  

US Army UE Neuromusculoskeletal Evaluator                                     January 2015 – July 2019



American Occupational Therapy Association                                                                        Active

South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association                                                               Active



2021 Quality Matters Online Teaching Certificate (In Progress - Anticipated Sept. 2021)

2021 AOTA Fieldwork Educators Certificate Workshop

2021 AOTA Annual Conference (Virtual) (Poster Presentation)

2021 SCOTA Annual Conference (Virtual) (Poster Presentation)

2020 AOTA Education Summit (Virtual)

2020 MUSC AAROW Career Development Program

2020 AESIS Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Mentor Program

2020 Lean Six Sigma White Belt – systematic performance improvement training

2019 Fundamentals of Digital Accessibility (Certificate of Completion)

2019 AOTA Education Summit (Las Vegas, NV)

2018 AOTA Annual Conference (Salt Lake City, UT) (Presenter)

2018 Human Resources Management for Supervisors Course

2018 Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Focus on Function 

2017 Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behaviors

2017 Leadership Academy: Leadership development, management, and business optimization

2017 Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients about Pain

2017 Patient Centered Caring Communication Initiative Course

2017 Decision Science Training for Leaders – strategic clinic management

2017 Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – systematic performance improvement training

2016 American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting

2016 Battlefield Acupuncture – obtained certification

2015 Clinical Residency: 6-month under the supervision of an orthopedic hand surgeon

2014 Instructor/Cadre Training Course – teaching strategies, lesson planning

2012 Evaluation and Treatment of Upper Extremity Conditions

2012 Alabama Occupational Therapy Association Spring Conference (Presented)

2011 Management of Burns and Multiple Traumas Course 

2011 Combat and Operational Stress Control Training: Treating Military Combat Stress/PTSD

2011 Physician Assistant Doctoral Clinical Research Course