David S. Pallister, JD, OTR/L

David Pallister

David S. Pallister JD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy


JD, Rutgers University School of Law

MA, New York University (Occupational Therapy)

BS, Wagner College (Economics)


Occupational Roles

Father, Educator, Occupational Therapist, Runner, Exerciser, Fan (baseball, music, theater, and the arts)

Occupational History

A native of Staten Island, NY and self-proclaimed “OT with a law degree,” David teaches in the Post-Professional Online Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Dr.OT) program.  After ten years working in business and management, David decided to change careers and entered the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at New York University via the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Health Professional Scholarship program.

During clinical work at the VANJHC System in East Orange, NJ and various other settings, David began to teach as an adjunct at NYU and Kean University in New Jersey and found another OT passion – education.  He eventually accepted a full time faculty appointment at Kean University and has been an OT educator ever since.

David currently lives in Sarasota, FL and is the ever-proud father of Jennifer who is a microbiologist and faculty member at Christ the King Preparatory High School in Newark, NJ.  Living in Florida has furthered a love for the outdoors and participation in such occupations as running, gardening, kayaking, paddle boarding, beaching, and attending “Grapefruit League” spring training games. 

Indoor passions include spinning, working out, and staying on top of politics and sports through talk radio and cable television.  Before leaving New Jersey for the Sunshine State, David actually tested the political waters as a candidate for a borough council seat in Red Bank, NJ in 2006.

Clinical Practice

Adult and older adult rehabilitation; home care; school-based pediatrics, ergonomics and work injury prevention, aging-in-place and home modification.

Areas of Professional/Scholarly Interests

  • Aging-in-place
  • Environmental modification
  • Ergonomics & work injury prevention
  • Public policy
  • Professional & political advocacy
  • Legal & ethical considerations relevant to occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and higher education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning

Selected Scholarly Activity


Pallister, D.S. (2004). The Issue Is-From law to voluntary guidelines: OSHA’s new approach to ergonomics. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 231-235.

Pallister, D.S. (2004, June). The political defeat [of the OSHA Ergonomic Standard]. Work Programs Special Interest Section Quarterly, 1-4.


Pallister, D.S. (April, 2015). Habilitative Services Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Clear and Specific Strategies for Practitioners for Ongoing Policy Advocacy. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Glennon, T.J., Pallister, D.S., Richards, C., & Willmarth, C. (April, 2015). Habilitative Services: Essential Health Benefits. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.       

Pallister, D.S. (2014.) Habilitative Services Under the ACA: Clear Strategies for Practitioners for Ongoing Policy Advocacy. Presentation at the Florida Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Fort Meyers, FL.

Pallister, D.S. (November, 2013). The Mechanism of the United States Supreme Court Decision on The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act: Future Considerations for American Occupational Therapists. Presentation at the Florida Occupational Therapy  Association Annual Conference, Daytona Beach, FL.

Pallister, D.S., Raja, R., & Simon, L. (April, 2009). Implementing a Campus-centered Ergonomically-based Work Wellness Program. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave., Room 123
Mailing address: Box # 8
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7349
Office Fax: 215-596-8690

d [dot] pallister [at] usciences [dot] edu