Carol Rice

Assistant Professor

Carol Rice headshot

Ph.D., OTR/L



School of Health Sciences


 Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Carol Rice taught as adjunct faculty in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Indiana Wesleyan University from Fall 2016 – 2017. Carol joined the faculty full-time as an assistant professor of occupational therapy and research coordinator in July 2018 after earning her PhD from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Rice’s dissertation explored the hydration habits of institutionalized older adults and examined the influence of these hydration habits on morning balance and blood pressure. In addition, she studied altruism in institutionalized older adults for her occupational therapy master’s thesis, which was earned at Western Michigan University. 

Dr. Rice has participated in research at many levels, including being a research consultant. Research interests include, but are not limited to, dehydration, preventing falls, preventing readmissions to the hospital, client advocacy, and caregiver training.

Carol is a generalist occupational therapist with 30 years of experience. She has specialized in orthopedic conditions such as upper extremity injuries, back injuries, and joint replacements and co-created two Back Schools for adults with back injuries (NY and OH). Carol has worked with people with neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary conditions, in early intervention, facilitated transitioning adolescents with cognitive impairment to independent living, and addressed end of life issues for those in hospice. She has a passion for learning and facilitating learning in others. Dr. Rice has been adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Toledo. Carol enjoys gardening, taking walks with her family, photography, and traveling.


  • PhD
    2018, Texas Women's University
  • MS
    1987, Western Michigan University
  • BS - Biology
    1984, Wheaton College
Indiana Wesleyan University
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