Alison Rebels

Alison Rebels

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Health Professions
Occupational Therapy


Personal Quote

“It's not enough to give a patient something to do with their hands. You must reach for the heart as well as the hands. It's the heart that really does the healing.” -Ora Ruggles, a pioneer in occupational therapy

Faculty Bio

Alison Rebels has over 13 years of experience working as an occupational therapist across a variety of practice settings. Alison became an Adjunct Instructor within the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Pace University in 2021, and joined the department as a full-time faculty member in 2023. Sharing her genuine passion for the field and mentoring future occupational therapists is one of Alison's most meaningful occupations. Alison has presented at a variety of conferences, including AOTA and NYSOTA. Current areas of particular interest include child development, the student experience in higher education, and spirituality in occupational therapy practice.

Licensures and Certificates

  • New Jersey Divisions of Consumer Affairs Occupational Therapy Advisory Council, Licensed Occupational Therapist in New Jersey
  • New York State Education Department Office of Professions, Licensed Occupational Therapist in New York State


OTD, Boston University, 2019
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

MS, Boston University, 2010
Master of Occupational Therapy

BS, Boston University, 2008
BS in Therapeutic Studies

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Occupational Therapy Association

Department Service

  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) [Faculty Advisor]