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Tufts University School of Medicine

Sharan Schwartzberg​

Professor of Occupational Therapy
​Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Pain Research, Education & Policy

Sharan Schwartzberg​

Professor of Occupational Therapy
​Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Pain Research, Education & Policy

Phone 617-627-5920

Biography

​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 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 to understand the perceptions of psychiatric patients' oral health and implications for group intervention. Devoted to the development of group work research and practice, she is a board member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Education

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

Research synopsis

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

Publications

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