Jessica Maxwell

Jessica Maxwell

Capstone Coordinator and Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy

As a native of Alabama, Dr. Maxwell received her bachelor's degree from Troy University in Human Services with a minor in Spanish. Dr. Maxwell received her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University in 2012. She obtained certification in ergonomics assessments and diversity, equity, and inclusion. After working in skilled nursing facilities for three years, she returned to school to pursue her post-professional doctorate. In 2017, Dr. Maxwell graduated with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University at the top of her class. Months later she was hired at her alma mater, Alabama State University, in the Department of Occupational Therapy as an assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator. Dr. Maxwell worked diligently in this position and then took on a simultaneous position as the program director after three short years in academia. Dr. Maxwell now serves as the Capstone Coordinator at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Maxwell has served in many capacities outside of academia, including but not limited to appointment as a Langston University Research Fellow engaging grant writing and manuscripts, committee board member for Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Roster of Accreditation Evaluation for Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, and a consistent volunteer for Meals on Wheels within the community. She has advised and mentored a myriad of graduate research groups, while also completing her own research projects. Dr. Maxwell has presented several posters both at national and local professional conferences. In addition to professional service, Dr. Maxwell has served on several university, college, community, and departmental committees as chair and/or committee member.

Dr. Maxwell is currently pursuing her second doctorate at Liberty University; a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration: Educational Leadership with plans to complete this experience in late 2022. Dr. Maxwell received an AOTA award for young scientists in 2018 for her research. She was also awarded a Distinguished Post-Professional OTD Alumni Award for Leadership Performance in Occupational Therapy by EKU in 2021. She has gained 10 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy with many more endeavors to accomplish.

  • Bachelor’s degree from Troy University in Human Services with a minor in Spanish
  • Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Alabama State University in 2012
  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University