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.
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.