Jennifer Dessoye, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CLA
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Jenn Dessoye has had over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years in higher education. She is the founding Chair of the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy here at King’s College. Dr. Dessoye received bother her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy and her doctorate in educational leadership. She has expertise in pediatrics, entrepreneurial endeavors, innovation, and clinical leadership. Dr. Dessoye is passionate about learning to lead in everyday practice as well as understanding and advocating for OT’s distinct value in healthcare. As the inaugural chair of the OTD program at King’s, she intends to help create authentic, occupation-based practitioners that are leaders, innovators, and champions of clinical excellence. Jenn lives locally with her husband, a physical therapist, and three daughters, who challenge her each day. She enjoys sports, especially the NY Yankees, game nights with her girls, and quality time with friends and family.
Marie Patterson, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy
Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Marie Patterson is the founding Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor within the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program. Prior to joining King's College, Marie was the founding Director of Fieldwork Education at Yeshiva University in New York City, New York. She has previously served as the Director of Rehabilitation in a large 621 bed facility, where she coordinated, planned, and facilitated fieldwork education programs. She holds a certification in AOTA Fieldwork Education and has provided supervision and mentorship for clinical educators and graduate fieldwork students for over ten years. She has extensive experience as a fieldwork educator and clinical practitioner in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, hand therapy, skilled nursing, home health, and schools.
She has worked overseas with various international non-profit organizations including the Foundation for African Medicine & Education, Rift Valley Children’s Village, and Den Dries Center for Disabled Persons. Passionate about empowering occupational therapists to advocate for their profession, she has met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to lobby for occupational therapy.
Granted, life is not all about work. Her leisure pursuits include international traveling, reading, and playing with her AKC trained therapy dog, who has served alongside Dr. Patterson with the geriatric population.
Marie has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Occupational Therapy from Temple University. Marie also completed her Bachelor of Education with a certificate in Special Education and a minor in History.