St. Bonaventure University

School of Health Professions Faculty

Nornhold, Tracy

Tracy Nornhold, St. Bonaventure University

Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Office Phone: (716) 375-2176
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Francis Hall 204
  • OT 500. Discovery of OT
  • OT 520. Applied Kinesiology for Occupational Engagement
  • OT 580. Life Occupations: Mental Health
  • OT 640. Issues and Trends in OT
  • EdD, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2021
  • MEd, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • BSOT, College Misericordia, 1988
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Lebanon County Ambulance Association, 1989

Dr. Nornhold has more than 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist. She has worked in the areas of mental health, long-term care and sub-acute rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation, and acute medicine. She also has experience as a rehab liaison and admissions coordinator for an acute rehabilitation unit. 

Tracy has a special place in her heart for OT and OTA students as she was a fieldwork educator and OT student coordinator for most of her career. She supervised more than 90 students and mentored many fieldwork educators. She was a full-time instructor at Penn State – Mt. Alto campus and an adjunct faculty member at Alvernia College and Elizabethtown College. In addition, she served on the OT fieldwork education board at Elizabethtown College and the OTA program board at Central Penn College. 

  • Member of Psi Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon (Occupational Therapy Honor Society)
  • Who’s Who of College and University Students
I believe in student-centered learning using constructivism and cognitive learning theories. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning in which they integrate facts, concepts, principles, and procedures. Learning takes place within a framework that supports scaffolded learning from the basic concepts of remembering and understanding to higher-order thinking skills of applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. 
Dr. Nornhold recently completed research about the effects of structured, reflective journaling on the clinical reasoning skills of occupational therapy students on their first Level II fieldwork experience. She also has an interest in the effects of chronic disease processes on functional cognition. 

Dr. Nornhold is originally from south central Pennsylvania where she was active in her local fire company since she was a teenager. She recently retired as an emergency medical technician after more than 25 years of service to her community. She was the planning chief of her volunteer-based regional emergency management agency, which supports five boroughs and townships with emergency preparedness education and during disasters such as fires and weather-related events.

Dr. Nornhold was also active in her church as a liturgist, member of the United Methodist Women, editor of the church newsletter, and a head usher. 

Dr. Nornhold loves to travel and has been to Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Barbados, Canada, and many parts of the United States, including Alaska and Yellowstone. She loves animals and has been the caregiver to several Chesapeake Bay retrievers, cats, a ferret, and a horse.