JD (Law), Duquesne University
MEd (Education), University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Certificate (Occupational Therapy),
San Jose State University
BA (Anthropology), Queens College
Dr. Hachtel (JD, MEd, OTR/L) is a Professor of Occupational Therapy. Prior to coming to Belmont University in 1997, Dr. Hachtel developed and chaired the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Kent State University in East Liverpool, Ohio, as well as the Master's in Occupational Therapy program at Lewiston-Auburn College / University of Southern Maine. Dr. Hachtel has previously served as the Coordinator of Belmont's Weekend MSOT program.
Dr. Hachtel currently serves as the Chairperson-elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Ethics Commission. She is a former member of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Disciplinary Council Pool and served as a Consultant to the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Practice Board from 1997-2011. She serves as a reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). She was a recipient of the first AOTF/Patterson Foundation Award for Community Volunteerism and was recognized at the AOTA 2011 Annual Conference
She formerly served as Tennessee’s delegate to the Representative Assembly (RA) of the AOTA and as an Item Writer and member of the Certification Examination Validation Committee (CEVC) of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Dr. Hachtel is listed as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC) established by the TN Supreme Court. She formerly served on the Board of the Sumner Mediation Services (SMS). Dr. Hachtel has presented at local, regional, national and international professional conferences. Her areas of expertise are adult neurorehabilitation; psychosocial theory and practice; and ethics. Her community involvement includes providing pro bono OT services to people who have had strokes.