Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD, OT, FAOTA, CGP, FAGPA

Secondary Appointments:

Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine
School of Medicine
Tufts University

EdD, Boston University
EdM, Boston University
BS, New York University

Group dynamics and leadership
Interprofessional teams in pain service delivery
Therapeutic models of group therapy and leader training

Certified Group Psychotherapist, International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists
Certified Occupational Therapist, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Licensed Occupational Therapist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Activities:
Dr. Schwartzberg teaches courses on group leadership and use of groups as a therapeutic and educational modality. Her research is directed toward understanding the impact of group therapy on individuals with severe mental illness and chronic conditions. She has published several books on topics including group work, the therapeutic relationship, gender, envy and competition, and ethical/legal dilemmas in occupational therapy. Mainly known for her work developing the Functional Group Model, she has facilitated process groups for graduate students and practitioners from a variety of fields including occupational therapy, school psychology, urban environmental planning, psychiatry, nursing, and social work. Dr. Schwartzberg is presently manualizing the Functional Group Model and developing measures of fidelity.

After 21 years of serving as Department Chair of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Schwartzberg is currently Coordinator of the post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at Tufts University. Her interdisciplinary work brings her to the School of Medicine where she holds secondary appointments as Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine. Following her interests in interprofessional education she is developing tools to measure team function in health care settings in collaboration with occupational therapy students and faculty in the public health Pain Research Education and Policy program. Her research takes place on the Medford Campus and at Tufts Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatry Unit where she is working with dental students and faculty (1) to understand the perceptions of psychiatric patients' oral health and implications for group intervention and (2) develop an oral health screener to identify patients at risk.

Scholarship and Research:
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Selected Publications:
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Mentored Student Projects:
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