Diana Feldhacker

Diana Feldhacker

Assistant Professor


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Phone: (605) 658-6374

Email: Diana.Feldhacker@usd.edu


Dr. Feldhacker earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has clinical experience in the areas of management and program development, early intervention, pediatric rehabilitation, geriatrics, sub-acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient services with emphasis on upper extremity rehabilitation and modality use.

Teaching Interests:

Physical Rehabilitation, UE Conditions, Neurological Foundations of OT, Childhood Occupational Performance, and Physical Agent Modalities

Research Interests:

Scholarly and clinical interest include sensory integration among pediatric and geriatric populations, vision, cross-cultural and inter-professional learning, feeding therapy interventions and yoga therapy.


  • BS, Health Science, Creighton University, 2012
  • OTD, Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, 2012

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Certified Event Coordinator, CarFit
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, State of Nebraska
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, State of Iowa
  • Board Certified Occupational Therapist, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy


  • PT/OT Web Conferencing Between Classrooms, Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee.
  • XSENSOR Pressure Mapping System: ForeSite SS, Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee.
  • Strategies for Health: An interprofessional, game-based approach to teaching social determinants of health, School of Health Sciences.
  • Strategies for Health: An interprofessional, game-based approach to teaching social determinants of health, School of Health Sciences.
  • Strategies for Health: An interprofessional, game-based approach to teaching social determinants of health, USD.


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Feldhacker, Diana, Cerny, Shana, Brockevelt, Barbara, and Lawler, Michael J.. Occupations and Well-being of Children and Youth. In Handbook of Leisure, Recreation, Physical Activity, Sports, and Quality of Life, edited by Lia Rodriguez de la Vega and Walter N. Toscano. Springer, 2018.
  • Mu, Keli, Peck, Kirk, Jensen, Lou, Bracciano, Al, Carrico, Cathy, and Feldhacker, Diana. CHIP: Facilitating Interprofessional and Culturally Competent Patient Care Through Experiential Learning in China, 328-337. Vol. 23, Iss. 4. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Occupational Therapy International, 2016. (DOI: 10.1002/oti.1434)
  • Ikiugu, Moses, Lucas Molitor, Whitney, and Feldhacker, Diana. Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Interventions Based on Meaningful and Psychologically Rewarding Occupations. Journal of Happiness Studies.


  • Lucas Molitor, Whitney, Feldhacker, Diana. Efficacy of High-performance Vision Training to Enhance Sports Performance Among Collegiate Softball Athletes. Presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine: 2018 Annual Conference, Dallans, Texas. (October 2, 2018)
  • Feldhacker, Diana, Mu, Keli, Jensen, Lou, Bracciano, Alfred, Peck, Kirk, Carrico, Cathy. Facilitating Interprofessional and Culturally-Competent Patient Care through Experiential Learning in China. Presented at the WFOT Congress 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. (May 2018)
  • Feldhacker, Diana, Yockey, Jean. Strategies for Health: An Interprofessional Game for teaching the Social Determinants of Health. Presented at the Teaching Prevention 2018: Reimagining Population Health Education, Practice and Research, Philadelphia, PA. (April 9, 2018)
  • Lucas Molitor, Whitney, Feldhacker, Diana, Aune, Tim, Gee, Alyssa, Rowland, Tyler, Willett, Heidi. Occupational Therapy & Collaborative Low Vision Care in Rural Settings. Presented at the University of South Dakaota School of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Vermillion, SD. (April 6, 2018)