Meet Our Team

Occupational Therapy Graduate Program

MSC09 5240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-1753
Fax: (505) 272-3583

Betsy VanLeit, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor Emeritis

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-1753
Curriculum Vitae: CV (PDF)
Academic Profile: VIVO Profile


Dr. VanLeit received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington, an MPA from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD in Community Health Education from the University of Washington. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. VanLeit has been involved in interprofessional education since 1995. As the Director of the internationally-known Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program for many years, Dr. VanLeit went on to develop the HSC Office of Interprofessional Education in 2009, serving as its first director through 2012. She continues to support interprofessional education at UNM as the IPE representative for the Health Professions and Public Health Programs (HPPHP) at the School of Medicine. She has received several teaching awards at UNM and was nominated for the UNM Presidential Teaching Fellowship in 2011. Dr. VanLeit’s scholarly interests focus on how to help health professional students to develop relational competencies that support self-reflection, person-centered care, and effective interactions with communities. She brings together clinical, administrative, educational and scholarly experiences, and cares deeply about health professional practice that is respectful, systems-oriented and effective.