Pedretti, Lorraine A.


Pedretti, Lorraine A.

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Occupational Therapy

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

New York University, 1959, B.S.

San Jose State College, 1964, M.S.

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1968-1994

  • Assistant Professor, 1968-1979
  • Associate Professor, 1979-1990
  • Professor, 1990-1994

Metropolitan Education District, ESL Instructor, 2000-2010

Administrative and Professional Experience

Occupational Therapist, Bellevue Hospital, New York City

Occupational Therapist, Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, New Jersey

Occupational Therapist, Hartford Rehabilitation Center, Hartford, CT

Selected Publications

Textbook: Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, 1981; 1985; 1990; 1996; 2001. (5 Editions).

The Use of Adjunctive Modalities in Occupational Therapy, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December, 1992.

A Frame of Reference for Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction, OT Week, Feb. 20, 1992.

Larson, O, Ratchford-Stevens, R, Pedretti, LW, Crabtree, J (eds.): The Role of Occupational Therapy with the Elderly, second edition, Bethesda, MD, 1996, The American Occupational Therapy Association.

Instructional Videotapes (8)

Personal Commentary

I have enjoyed several professional roles in my career in occupational therapy. I started as an occupational therapist and practiced on the east coast for about 8 years. I became interested in teaching after earning my master’s degree at San Jose State College in 1964. After a few more years of clinical work, I returned to San Jose State to assume a teaching position. I enjoyed 26 rewarding years as a teacher and mentor to students. During that time I authored and edited five editions of an occupational therapy textbook, and several instructional videotapes that changed the way I taught clinical skills.

After my retirement I became involved in teaching English as a Second Language and earned the teaching credential required to become a certificated teacher with the Metropolitan Education District.

My professional colleagues at SJSU mentored and supported me over the years and helped my career progress. I am especially indebted to Anne Murany, Amy Killingsworth, Lela Llorens, Jean Still, and the late Gwen Wright. The faculty and staff of Instructional Technology, especially Jerry Kemp and Bob Reynolds were so helpful in the development of the self-instructional video modules that I used for many years. I had a rich and rewarding career as a therapist, teacher, writer and editor.


Pedretti, Lorraine A.