Melinda Fritts Rybski, PhD, OTR/L, is a faculty member of the Occupational Therapy Division at The Ohio State University. Dr. Rybski graduated from The Ohio State University College of Allied Medical Professions with a bachelor of science degree in 1979 and a Master’s degree in 1987. She completed her PhD in 2010 with a degree from The Ohio State University, focusing on quantitative research, evaluation, and measurement. She has taught occupational therapy students for 25 years, with a primary focus on kinesiology, physical disabilities, and the practice of occupational therapy and Level I fieldwork. She has also taught or assisted with other occupational therapy courses, including Application of Neurodevelopmental Construct, Practice of Occupational Therapy in the Hospital Setting, Interpersonal Dynamics and Task-Oriented Groups in Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, Introduction to Alternative Research Methodologies, and Critical Phases of Life.
Her clinical experience includes inpatient rehabilitation and acute, outpatient, and long-term care. She is currently serving on the Ohio Occupational Therapy Board, is a book reviewer for several publishing companies and for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and is section editor for the Health and Interprofessional Practice Journal.