Areas of Expertise: Developmental Disabilities & Sensory Integration/Processing Disorders, Wellness Through Occupation, Occupational Therapy Education
Chair & Professor, Nova Southeastern University Tampa, Health Professions Division, College of Allied Health & Nursing, Department of Occupational Therapy
Location: Tampa, FL
Ricardo C. Carrasco, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Chair and Professor of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Nova Southeastern University Tampa, in Florida. He has more than 35 years of occupational therapy, neuropsychology, education, and business experience.
Dr. Carrasco is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, where he also had a pediatric practice. He taught as adjunct or visiting professor at several universities, and served as faculty for the Southern Institute for Faculty Training (SIFT) of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Recipient of teaching fellowships from the United Nations and Saudi Arabia, Dr. Carrasco also was awarded research grants from the Georgia Indigent Care Trust Fund. He published internationally on sensory processing by gifted and talented children and the effect of intervention on preschool minorities. Currently, he serves on the faculty of Summit Professional Education.
Dr. Carrasco is certified in SCSIT, SIPT, and TLP and received his Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Certificate in Pediatrics from the NDT Association. He was a Faculty and Certified Test Mechanics Observer for Sensory Integration International and currently provides occupational therapy and developmental neuropsychological research, training, and direct services. Dr. Carrasco earned a doctorate in Neuropsychology and Occupational Dysfunction and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). He is active with the Florida Occupational Therapy Association and AOTA, which awarded Dr. Carrasco the 2010 Award of Merit, the Association’s highest award for an occupational therapist.