Donna Costa

Program Director & Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
Expertise: Mindfulness-based therapy, Occupational Therapy (OT) education, Client-centered therapy, Mental health


Donna Costa is a national leading expert in the field of occupational therapy, with 47 years of experience in the practice areas of mental health, academic education, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Costa’s research focuses on evidence-based practice, mental health-focused treatments, and client-centered therapy. She specializes in providing mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction, chronic pain management, and cognitive therapy. 

She came to UNLV in 2017 to develop a three-year doctorate degree in occupational therapy, which opened in summer 2020. She has authored three books on fieldwork education and has published numerous research articles for the journal, OT Practice


  • Doctor of Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis
  • Master of Science, The New School for Social Research
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Buffalo
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Buffalo

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Donna Costa In The News

Las Vegas Sun
The occupational therapists in training at UNLV will one day work with people recovering from strokes, injury — and COVID-19.
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It’s training that’s been in use for generations.
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UNLV launched new Occupational Therapy program that trains students in a home instead of a classroom or lab.
Mary Ashley Galan-Gornal grasped the adaptive knife in her right hand, placed the red delicious apple securely in the vise, and sliced off a piece of the fruit.

Articles Featuring Donna Costa

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

A student practices using a balance beam which is surrounded by rainbow-colored gym mats, while another student spots her.
Business and Community | August 30, 2021

Program to help fill critical health care shortage in Nevada; living lab in Las Vegas Medical District houses program, with first cohort set to graduate in spring 2023.

Closeup woman holding her wrist in pain from using computer.
Business and Community | April 28, 2020

As remote work and distance learning become a way of life, UNLV occupational therapist Donna Costa offers hacks for a healthy home office and exercise routine.