Sharon Gartland, OTD, OTR

Occupational Therapy

Program Director | Clinical Professor


2190 Medical Sciences Center
MADISON, WI 53706-1509


Sharon Gartland is the Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Program. She became on OT because she wanted to see individuals with disabilities fully integrated and flourishing in society. She believes our communities are strengthened and enhanced by the diversity of perspective brought by those with disabilities. She graduated from University of Southern California (USC) for her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1985 and then returned for an advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy from USC in 1989.  She received her Clinical Doctorate (OTD) from St. Catherine University in 2015.  She has 34 years of clinical experience in pediatrics including working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder and Feeding Challenges.  She has taught a variety of intervention and professional skills courses in the MSOT program at University of Illinois at Chicago (1996-2005) and at University of Wisconsin Madison (2005-present).  She helped develop the online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate here at UW-Madison and was the founding Director of the program starting in 2015. She has additional training in distance learning and regularly teaches courses in leadership and policy related to Occupational Therapy.  Sharon has authored chapters on:  OT in Preschool settings, Feeding and Mealtime Participation in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and most recently on Spiritual Occupations.  She has a particular passion for facilitating the inclusion of individuals with disabilities into all community settings including faith communities.