Fern Silverman, EdD, OTR/L



Fern Silverman


  • EdD, Arcadia University
  • MS, George Washington University
  • BS, University of Pennsylvania

Role at Salus: 

  • Assistant Director, Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD) 
  • Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy 

Clinical Specialty:

  • Pediatrics, Environmental Adaptations, Community-based Practice

Recent Scholarly Presentations:

  • Silverman, F., Farber, R., Foy, C., Sponseller, L, & Tyszka, A.  (2015, April).  The Power of Mentorship: Its role in faculty satisfaction and productivity.   Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Silverman, F., Bartley, B., Kimball, A., & Smith, R. (2014, October).  OT & Museums:  Strategies for Creating a Culture of Inclusion in a Community-Based setting.  Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association conference, King of Prussia, PA.
  • Sponseller, L, Silverman, F., Perla, F, & Maffit, J. (2014, October).  Seeing Things Differently:  Interprofessional Collaboration Between OT and Vision Education and Rehabilitation  Professionals.   Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association , King of Prussia, PA

Selected Publications:

  • Silverman, F. (2014).  Reassessment and Reevaluation.  Book chapter in Crist, P., Hinojosa, J., & Kramer, P. (Eds.), Evaluation:  Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 4th Edition, AOTA Press, Bethesda.
  • Silverman, F., & Bartley. B., (2013).Who is Educating Whom? Two-way Learning in Museum/University Partnerships. Journal of Museum Education, Summer 2013 (in press).
  • Silverman, F., Bartley, B., Cohn, E. S., Kanics, I. M., & Walsh, L. (2012). Occupational therapy partnerships with museums. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. (referred)
  • Silverman, F. (2012). Genetic Conditions.  Book chapter in Weiss, D., Morgan, M., & Kinnealey (Eds), M. A Practitioner’s Guide to Clinical Occupational Therapy, 2nd Edition.  ProEd., Austin, Texas. (invited).
  • Silverman, F. (August, 2011). Examining Occupational Therapy Services in Schools: A Systems Approach. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Vol. 4 (2); 100-107. (referred)  

Professional Activities/Recognition/Awards:

  •  Accessibility Consultant: Worked with Franklin Institute on accessibility features and programming. 2008-13
  • Recipient of the  Master Clinician award for the state of Pennsylvania presented by the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association,  Fall 2006
  • Grant Recipient:  Pennsylvania Department of Education Grant relating to the Gaskin settlement. Providing inclusive occupational therapy services in T/E kindergarten programs (2006-2008). 

Professional Certification:

  • Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist