Said Nafai, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CLT

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy


Dr. Said Nafai is a professor of occupational therapy (OT) at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born and raised in Morocco. Said’s younger brother is handicapped and the idea of doing something to alleviate his younger brother’s suffering has always been a driving force for him. Moving to the United States and working with children and adults in a world-renowned school for Autism set him on the occupational therapy career path. He earned his associate degree in OT from Quinsigamond Community College, his Masters’ degree in OT from Salem State University, and his Doctorate degree from Boston University.

Dr. Nafai strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and works in several rehabilitation hospitals and centers providing direct rehabilitation treatment. Dr. Nafai is an expert on disability and physical rehabilitation. He is known for his lively sense of humor and the ability to speak four languages fluently. The ability to carry a conversation in a few languages helps him to create sincere connections with his patients.

He is the president and founder of the Occupational Therapy Association of Morocco. He has presented about rehabilitation and disability at the state, national, and international levels. He is the founder of OT Morocco which aims to bring OT to Morocco and improve access to rehabilitation in Morocco. Dr. Nafai volunteers his expertise nationally and internationally to improve the lives of others.

Honors and Awards

  • August, 2016 founded the Occupational Therapy Association of Morocco
  • March, 2016 Invited as an observer presenting Morocco to attend the WFOT 32nd Council Meeting in Medellin, Colombia.
  • May, 2015 Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award New England Occupational Therapy Education Council
  • April, 2015 recipient of “50 years of Quinsigamond Community College” Guardian Award  and Keynote Alumni Speaker
  • 2010 recipient of Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation Scholarship
  • 2005 recipient of the Nancy Ohan Memorial Award from Quinsigamond Community College
  • 2002, 2003 Dean’s List at Quinsigamond Community College
  • 2003 Phi Theta Kappa member at Quinsigamond Community College


Room: 124 Courniotes Hall

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