Vidya Pingale

Vidya Pingale

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



  • Practice Immersion I: Mental Health 
  • Activity Analysis and Occupational Adaptation
  • Assessments in Occupational Therapy


  • Sensory-based interventions
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Related service delivery special education
  • Cultural competence
  • Evidence-based practice


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Occupational Therapy | Texas Womanâ?Ts University
  • Advanced Certificate, Instructional Leadership | San Jose State University
  • Master of Science, Occupational Therapy | San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy | University of Mumbai (Bombay)

Academic Profile

Dr. Pingale is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the occupational therapy doctoral program. She has more than 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist and has expertise in treating children with developmental and sensory processing issues. Dr. Pingale received her Ph.D. in occupational therapy in 2019 from Texas Womanâ?Ts University. She has been in academia since then. Dr. Pingaleâ?Ts research focuses on understanding the impact of disabilities on children and their families and expanding evidence on interventions used for children with disabilities and occupation-based theories. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters, and presented at national conferences. Her current research projects focus on investigating the effectiveness of sensory-based strategies and psychosocial interventions, service delivery models in school settings, and experiences of individuals recovering from substance use disorder. Dr. Pingale is involved with

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is the editor of the Sensory Integration and Processing Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter and Ambassador of the AOTA Political Action Committee. Prior to joining Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Pingale was a Program Director at Hofstra University. She initiated and headed community outreach programs along with other faculty and students in the program. She’s chaired a multi-disciplinary research committee, reviewed school-level grant applications, and edited Faculty Research Newsletters. Dr. Pingale also held clinical positions in various settings throughout her career, ranging from schools to private clinics. She conducted workshops and in-services for parents, teachers, and administrators on topics, such as developmental disabilities, growth and development of children, handwriting, and sensory processing issues. She is also the owner of a pediatric clinic in North Jersey.

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