Lori Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L

Lori Reynolds Assistant Clinical Professor
Northern Arizona University
Phone: 602-827-2580

Dr. Reynolds is Assistant Clinical Professor in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Occupational Therapy located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. She has a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. She has previously held a faculty position teaching students within an experiential learning model, serving as Community Practice Coordinator bringing Occupational Therapy services into the community, and as Fieldwork Director. In her clinical experience, she worked in acute rehabilitation, home health, and skilled rehabilitation. Dr. Reynolds serves on the editorial board for the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, and has a certificate in Healthcare Garden Design from the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

Her professional interest is in advancing the role of occupational therapists as designers of living environments that promote well-being and fullness of living for all; particularly older adults. Dr. Reynolds believes that research on the health benefits of nature, the importance of socialization for human beings, the interests of older adults in remaining in their communities, and the value of technology in aging in place should inform design of residential living communities. Her research interests are in the health-promoting value of nature included in the design of living environments, and innovative design solutions for older adults which provide affordable living alternatives and supports aging in place.

Collaborative Intervention Research Interests: Creation of living environments that promote optimal function and well-being, benefits of nature inclusive environments for residential care facilities for older adults.