Patricia Siegel is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico’s Occupational Therapy graduate program. She received her Bachelor of Science at Texas Woman’s University and her post-professional Doctorate at Chatham University, Pittsburg. She obtained a Certification in Hand Therapy in 2009. Dr. Siegel has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of traumatic hand injuries and currently teaches an applied orthopaedics course, kinesiology and a hand therapy elective.

Dr. Siegel co-authored the American Occupational Therapy Association practice guidelines on Rheumatic Disorders and co-authored a chapter on the Wrist and Hand in the 2021 edition of Marlis Gonzales-Fernandez and Stephen Schaff Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In addition to her teaching and clinic duties, Dr. Siegel has varied research interests in assessments and interventions used by Occupational Therapists and has extensive practice experience in hand therapy.

Personal Statement

As an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, the anatomy and pathology of the upper extremity has always interested me. As a clinician researcher, having evidence-based practice resources ensures that rehabilitative treatment techniques are effective; however, in rehabilitation the evidence is often insufficient or is outdated. This lack of evidence drives me to performing research and investigating the assessments and Interventions used in orthopeadics and hand therapy.

Areas of Specialty

Hand Therapy


Hand Therapy Certification


  • English

Courses Taught

As an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, my faculty load profile has a strong dedication to teaching and mentorship. I teach classes related to anatomy and movement (OCC TH 524/Kinesiology) occupational therapy (OT) treatment of adults who have disability due to an orthopedic injury, (OCC TH 564 Applied Ortho) and an elective class I created in the specialty area of hand therapy (OCC TH 650). In addition I am currently developing two doctoral level courses: OTCH 645-Education in Occupational Therapy and OTCH 655-Teaching Practicum for the Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral degree. Courses will be offered Summer, 2024 and Fall, 2024

Research and Scholarship


Poole, J.L., Siegel, P. & Tencza, M. (2017). Occupational therapy practice guidelines for adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Bethesda, Maryland: AOTA Press

Poole, J. L., Siegel, P., & Tencza, M. J. (2019). Erwachsene mit Arthritis und rheumatischen Erkrankungen: Leitlinien der Ergotherapie, Band 16 (Vol. 16). Hogrefe AG.

Book Chapters:

Dutton, R.A. & Siegel, P. (2021). Wrist and Hand. In Marlis Gonzales-Fernandez and Stephen Schaff Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (pp. 143-160). Springer Publishing.

Siegel, P., Jackson, D., Baugh, C. (2020). Practice patterns following carpometacarpal (CMC) arthroplasty. Journal of Hand Therapy

Poole, J.L., Bradford, J.D., & Siegel, P. (2019). Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(4), 7304205020p1-7304205020p21.

Siegel, P., Jones, B. & Poole, J. (2018). Occupational therapy interventions for adults with fibromyalgia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7205395010p1-7205395010p4. Doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.725002

Poole, J. & Siegel, P. (2017). Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with fibromyalgia: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, MS ID#: AJOT/2016/023192