Central Penn College - Joanna Davis

Central Penn College


Faculty Who Care

Joanna Behm, MS, OTR/L
Instructor, Occupational Therapist Assistant

Academic Bio

I earned my M.S. in occupational therapy in 2014 and began working as an occupational therapist in multiple assisted livings, a skilled nursing facility and the community. I worked as the only OT in two assisted livings and one skilled nursing facility, educating patients, staff and families about techniques to increase the patients' quality of life. I valued my multiple and dynamic roles as a patient advocate, educator and therapist during that time. I continue to work in those settings on a PRN basis. I began teaching at Central Penn College in 2016 in the OTA program where I enjoy teaching students evidence-based practice and clinical skills they will employ in their own career paths.

Personal Bio

In my free time I enjoy Netflix binge watching, exercising in my basement turned gym, training for a certification in biofeedback, traveling and volunteering as a regional leader for a non profit called the Dysautonomia Support Network.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching style utilizes a variety of different tools including demonstration, role playing, lecture, hands-on learning and case study application to encourage competence and proficiency in the skills and knowledge necessary to be a great occupational therapy assistant. I set the bar high for the OTA students while providing them the means to succeed through a variety of educational techniques. I try to provide as many "real world" experiences as I can through guest lectures, videos and stories I bring from the clinic. I enjoy watching it "click" for the students as they correctly demonstrate a technique or explain their clinical reasoning behind what they do. I also focus on relationship building with each student, learning their strengths and weaknesses. I adapt my techniques to match the students' needs to ensure application and learning beyond route memorization. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the profession is demonstrated every day in the classroom and lab.


  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy - Elizabethtown College 2014
  • B.S. in Health and Occupation- Elizabethtown College 2013

Courses & Subjects

  • OTA100 Fundamentals of OT
  • OTA108 Therapeutic Techniques I
  • OTA215 Developing Professional Behaviors in OT
  • ALH230 Diseases and Diagnostic Methods
  • OTA210 Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehab


Selection for presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference for the following topics:

  • Is the War really Over?: PTSD's Aftermath, 2013
  • Implications of Neurofeeback in Occupational Therapy, 2014
  • Dysautonomia and Occupational Therapy, 2016


  • Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist, 2014
  • LSVT BIG Certification, 2016
  • Geriatric Upper Extremity Manual Therapy Treatment for the Long-term care, Home Health, Acute Care, and Outpatient Settings - Levels 1-3 course certification, 2016