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Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Program Director and Associate Professor-in-Residence

Brain Health
BHS 530
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Donna Costa has been an occupational therapist for 47 years with expertise in the practice areas of mental health and academic education. She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Donna has authored three books on fieldwork education – The Essential Guide to Fieldwork Education (2004, 2015) and Clinical Supervision in Occupational Therapy (2007) and has served as an Associate Editor and chapter author for the 6 th Edition of The Occupational Therapy Manager. She has also written numerous articles for OT Practice. Donna came to UNLV in 2017 to develop the Occupational Therapy Program and is currently the Founding Program Director and Associate Professor in Residence. Mindfulness-based interventions are a strong interest of Dr. Costa, with formal training/certification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management, and the Koru Mindfulness Program for college students.