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Jodi Teitelman

Jodi L. Teitelman, Ph.D.

Faculty Emerita

Email: jlteitel@vcu.edu

 Professional interests

  • People with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers
  • Home modifications and community-based wellness programs for older adults
  • Impact of legislation and policy on occupational therapy practice


  • 1985: Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 
  • 1985: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Aging Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 
  • 1977: M.S. in Psychology, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Certifications and licensure


Selected Publications

  • Teitelman, J., Hartman, G., Moossa, J., Uhl, K., & Vizzier, E. (2016, in press). Assessing wellness outcomes for participants in adult day services: Options for activity professionals. Activities, Adaptation & Aging. 
  • Ivey, C., Teitelman, J., Williams, K., Shepherd, J., & Simons, D., (2016, in press). Achieving teaching, scholarship and service through community engagement. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 
  • Teitelman, J., Raber, C., & Watts, J. (2010). The power of the social environment in motivating persons with dementia to engage in occupation: Qualitative findings. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 28(4), 321- 333. 
  • Raber, C., Teitelman, J.,,Watts, J., & Kielhofner, G. (2010). A phenomenological study of volition in everyday occupations of elders with dementia. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 73(11), 498-506. 
  • Copolillo, A., Warren, M., & Teitelman, J.L.  (2007). Results from a survey of occupational therapy practitioners in low vision rehabilitation. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21(4).19-37. 
  • Watts, J.L., & Teitelman, J.L. (2005). Achieving a restorative mental break for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer Disease. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52, 282-292. 
  • Teitelman, J.L., & Copolillo, A. (2005). Psychosocial issues in adaptation to vision loss: Findings from qualitative interviews and focus groups. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 59, 409-417. 
  • Copolillo, A., & Teitelman, J.L. (2005). Acquisition and integration of low vision assistive devices: Understanding the decision-making process of older adults with low vision. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 305-313. 
  • Teitelman, J.L., & Watts, J.L. (2004). How family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer Disease achieve mental breaks: Preliminary analysis from a qualitative study. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 23, 9-24. 
  • Teitelman, J.L., & Watts, J. H. (2004). Family members’ recommendations for achieving a mental break from caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 5(3), 1-9. 
  • Teitelman, J.L., Watts, J.H., Meisel, J., Woodward, J., & McFarland-Smith (2002). Alzheimer’s caregiver focus groups: A method for identifying caregivers’ perceptions of service coverage gaps. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 22(1), 73-85. 
  • Mueller, M.M., Brown, C.M., McGrath, W.L., Teitelman, J.L., & Watts, J.W. (2001). Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease: An exploratory study of occupational performance and respite. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 18(3), 51-69.


  • Teitelman, J.L., & Parham, I.A. (Eds.). (1991). Geriatric Curriculum Resource Guides for Health Professionals: a) Geriatric Practice in Occupational Therapy (M. Maynard), and b) Health Promotion and Wellness in Older Adult (R. McMahon & T.R. Elliott).  Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. 
  • Teitelman, J.L., & Parham, I.A. (Eds). (1990).   Fundamentals of geriatrics for health professionals: An annotated bibliography.Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 
  • Lossee, N., Parham, I.A., Auerbach, S., & Teitelman, J.L. (1988).  Crisis intervention with the elderly: Theory practical issues and training procedures.  New York: Charles C.  Thomas.

Book chapters

  • Teitelman, J.L. (1996).  Homosexuality.  In G. Maddox (Ed.), Encyclopedia of aging (2nd ed.). New York:  Springer. 
  • Donovan-Rogers, J., & Teitelman, J.L. (1990).  Geriatric care and older women.  In J.L. Teitelman & I.A. Parham (Eds.), Fundamentals of geriatrics for health professionals: An annotated bibliography.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, Inc. 
  • Teitelman, J.L. (1990).  Sexuality and aging.  In I.A. Parham, L. Poon, & I. Siegler (Eds.).  Aging curriculum content for education in the social behavioral sciences.  New York: Springer. 
  • Wood, J.B., Parham, I.A., & Teitelman, J.L. (1989).  Frontiers in gerontology: Interdisciplinary issues.  In N.J. Osgood & A. Sontz (Eds.). The science and practice of gerontology.  Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, Inc.

Grant Activity

  • Watts, J.H., & Teitelman, J.  (2001-2002) Alzheimer Disease caregiver occupational performance, respite as a mental break, and program implications.  Co-Principal Investigator.  Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, $25,000.

Key Professional Service

  • Circle Center Adult Day Services, Board Member; Chair, Task Force on Innovations and Best Practices; Recording Secretary; Marketing Committee; Vice President; Governance Committee 
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; Board of Directors; Chair, Patient and Family Services Committee ; Advisory Board ; Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Co-Chair ; family caregiver support group co-leader 
  • Southern Gerontological Society; Board of Directors; ProgramCommittee; Abstract Review Subcommittee , Chair; Education Committee, Chair; Bylaws Committee; Special Interest Group Committee; Co-Chair, Special Interest Group on Environments and Aging; Virginia Membership Co-Chair 
  • Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, Program Committee 
  • Gerontological Society of America; Co-Chair, Media Committee; Annual Meeting abstract reviewer 
  •  Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund Committee; Peer reviewer 
  • Member American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association 

Honors and Awards

  • 2013, Virginia Occupational Therapy Association, Certificate of Appreciation 
  • 2007, Virginia Occupational Therapy Association Certificate of Appreciation 
  • 2006 , Cordelia Myers Writers Award, American Association of Occupational Therapy 
  • 1992, Alumna of the Year, Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • 1991, President’s Award, Southern Gerontological Society