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Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy was established within University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation sciences (USWR) in 1992 as a program to train occupational therapists in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The department aims to promote standard practices according to the WFOT criteria and develop philosophical bases for practice according to occupation and Eastern culture. The Bachelor and Master degrees were designed to prepare occupational therapy practitioners to be able to provide high-quality health care by meeting clients’ needs in a client-centered healthcare delivery setting. The Bachelor degree is a 48- months, and the Master degree is a 24-months full- time, continuous program with possibility for further extension. To achieve its goal in developing best evidence practice and promoting the philosophical bases, the department of occupational therapy established the doctor of philosophy program in the occupational therapy, which is the final credential in the hierarchy of academic degrees started in 2008.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy as a science degree-based, health and social care profession, takes a holistic approach (e.g., considering mental, physical, and psychosocial aspects of human being in the management), enabling individuals to achieve their full potential. This profession provides practical support to enable people in overcoming any barriers that prevent them from active social participation. Occupational therapy helps to increase patients’ independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life and through these processes improves patients’ quality of life.

Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions who are experiencing limitations in social participation, mental and physical abilities. Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping people of all ages to overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations. Occupational therapists carried out their services in all levels of primary and secondary preventions to promote social well-beings.



Our department aims to strengthen occupational therapy skills and services through basic and applied research, train needed faculty members for national universities, develop research centers and provide advanced services to the clients.

The faculty and staff of the department are some of the best and well-known researchers and practitioners in the country and Middle East.  They are dedicated, bright and committed to training our future colleagues. Their interests are varied and encompass practice and research in areas such as occupational sciences, family training, cerebral palsy, mental health by bridging basic sciences like neurosciences to applied sciences.

Considering the critical role of occupation and activity in social integration and participation and improving quality of life, final goal of the department is to train competent therapists to get in-depth knowledge on different aspects of human being (physical, mental and psychosocial); achieve abilities in different aspects of purposeful activities (recreation, work, and self-care); gain appropriate therapeutic communication based on scientific principles;  understand  problems due to neuropsychological, physiological and/or social disorders;  recognize knowledge about potential resources and risks in environment; collect and transfer data to society; apply therapeutic exercises and approaches based on biomechanics, psychological, and neuroscience theories; and enhance the level of basic and clinical researches and scientific products in occupational therapy. 


Department of occupational therapy trains qualified occupational therapists to work in a variety of settings including health organizations, social care services, schools, housing, education, re-employment schemes, occupational health, prisons, voluntary organizations or as independent practitioners. Our faculty members are connected with clinicians, researchers, and policy makers, nationally.

Our undergraduate student numbers are low (approximately 30 students in every year) so that each student gets an individual attention and training especially during the placement practice. Number of postgraduate students is even lower to allow a person to person training. In our research projects, our faculties and postgraduate students pursue national needs and have developed national and international collaborations with their colleagues at other universities and research centers.

Our graduates work in a variety of settings including governmental, non-governmental and privates (NGOs). They have opportunity to join the postgraduate programs on various fields including rehabilitation management, occupational therapy and/or neuroscience in both M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.



Research is the foundation for teaching and clinical practice in occupational therapy department.  Our department has an internationally recognized research program in different areas such as mental health illnesses, physical or learning disabilities, stroke, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, amputations, cerebral palsy, Autism, ADHD and learning disorders.


Services We Offer/Clinics

Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members provide you with the highest quality of work experience in different associated centers including:

Rofeideh Rehabilitation Hospital

Akhavan Rehabilitation Center

Asma Rehabilitation Center

Shahid Jalaeipour Rehabilitation Center

Razi Hospital of Psychiatric Disorders

Our People

A number of academics and administrative staff are the cornerstone in our departmental operations. They provide support for students and the program.


Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Koodakyar End Close, Student Blvd., Post Code: 1985713834, Evin, Tehran, Iran

Tel: (+98) 21 - 22180037


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