Sheila M. Longpré, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor at Gannon University in Ruskin, Florida. In her six years of teaching, Sheila has focused on educating future occupational therapy practitioners in an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Her research interests include cancer and occupational therapy practices, specifically pertaining to lifespan, childhood cancer, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and survivorship in relation to occupational performance, roles, habits, and quality of life. She currently mentors students in research, oncology, and education.
Prior to her academic teaching experience, she worked at two of the leading cancer centers in the United States. She had the opportunity to start the acute care occupational therapy program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. From there she went on to work at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she increased her knowledge and expertise about oncology and occupational therapy practice in the number ranked facility in the nation.
In addition, she has had the opportunity to present locally, nationally, and internationally on the topic of oncology and occupational therapy practice. She has authored several chapters and documents related to the role of occupational therapy in various settings. She is currently co-editing a book on occupational therapy practice across the cancer care continuum. She is also a co-author in peer-reviewed journals that discuss oncology and the role of the occupational therapy practitioner.