Tia Hughes, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L

Faculty & Staff

Tia Hughes, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L


Department Chair
headshot Office phone: (407) 303-9180 Email: Tia.Hughes@adu.edu Office: Graduate Building 330 Office hours: By Appointment


Dr. Hughes has worked at Adventist University since 2002 serving as the program director for the occupational therapy assistant and the occupational therapy programs. Her clinical experience took place in settings such as acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and public schools. Her research interests include adult physical rehabilitation, disabled driving, OT in the penal system, and vision therapy. Dr. Hughes currently teaches Applied Kinesiology, Evidence Based Practice, Assessment and Treatment of Adults, and Professional Seminar. She is a member of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and has been published by local and state organizations as well as chapters in educational textbooks. Dr. Hughes has authored several chapters in Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth under IDEA, 3rd Ed. (2007), Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (2017) and Guest Editor for DiZazzo-Miller & Pociask’s Preparing for The Occupational Therapy Assistant National Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting (2017).