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Cancer Rehabilitation

Beth DeGrace, PhD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Beth DeGrace, PhD, OTR/L is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the OU Health Sciences Center. She works with patients and their families to ensure that cancer fighters and survivors live life to the fullest by addressing the threats often associated with cancer treatment such as fatigue, depression, weakness, anxiety, and cognitive changes.

Dr. DeGrace’s teaching responsibilities include entry-level and post-professional occupational and physical therapy education in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, autism, culture of disability, community participation and family. She has presented nationally and internationally on family life and autism.

In addition to her work on campus, DeGrace has worked as a consultant to SoonerStart, Oklahoma’s early intervention program, served on the state wide autism task force, and held an appointed position on the ICC Low Incidence Disability Subcommittee which examined early intervention practices in Oklahoma.

She has worked as an occupational therapist, specializing in pediatrics, since 1989. Beth earned her BS in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College; MS degree in occupational therapy from State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. She is board certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.


Doctorate: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Graduate: State University of New York at Buffalo
Undergraduate: Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Faculty in Teaching Award, OUHSC, College of Allied Health, 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Allied Health, Nova Southeastern University, 2010
American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows, 2010
Alpha Eta Society (Allied Health honorary), 2007
Outstanding Faculty in Research Award, OUHSC, College of Allied Health, 2006
Outstanding Faculty in Teaching Award, OUHSC, College of Allied Health, 2003

Professional Associations:

American Occupational Therapy Association
Autism Society of America
Autism Society of Central Oklahoma
National Council on Family Relations
Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association