Meet the Dean

Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT began service as dean of the School of Health Sciences in June 2017.

Neiduski is inspired by the outstanding faculty and staff in the School of Health Sciences and their commitment to excellence both inside and outside the classroom. Together, they are realizing the vision for innovative teaching, research, and community outreach that will establish the School of Health Sciences as a distinctive leader in healthcare education.

“Our goal is to prepare healthcare providers who will transform healthcare. Physical therapists, physician’s assistants, and nurses who are committed to excellence in patient care and prepared to serve as leaders in advancing health equity and value-based healthcare.”

Neiduski came to Elon from Concordia University Wisconsin where she served as Chair and Program Director of the Department of Occupational Therapy. Under her leadership, the department successfully added a blended master’s program, launched an online clinical doctorate focused on upper extremity rehabilitation, and achieved the goal of 100% of teaching faculty participation in research activity. Neiduski began her academic career at Maryville University in St. Louis, winning numerous awards for accomplished teaching and advising.

An international expert in flexor tendon repair and rehabilitation, Neiduski has offered many lectures, courses, and keynote addresses on best practices for this complex diagnosis, simultaneously authoring multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. For her significant contributions to the subspecialty of hand therapy, Neiduski received the 2016 Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award from the American Society of Hand Therapists. The award is one of society’s highest honors, recognizing a therapist who has made significant original contributions through the development of professional techniques, contributions to the profession, and/or outstanding research.

Neiduski is also known for her commitment to global health equity, including both sustainable humanitarian work and education of healthcare providers around the world. She has accompanied over 75 students on medical outreach missions since 2005 with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation and the Circle of Empowerment in Nicaragua. She has educated therapists, surgeons, and medical trainees in Romania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Guatemala, and India. In 2014, Neiduski received the Paul Brand Award for Professional Excellence from the American Society of Hand Therapists for her sustained commitment to humanitarian work and the provision of hand therapy in underserved areas of the world.

Neiduski received a Bachelor of Arts in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies from Purdue University; a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis; and a PhD in Educational Foundations from Saint Louis University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, the Alamance County YMCA, and AuthoraCare Collective.