Dr. Said Nafai, OTD, OTR/L, CLT is the Associate Professor at American International College. He has over 15 years of clinical experience that includes physical rehabilitation for adults and older adults, especially rehabilitation in the areas of oncology, lymphedema, cardiopulmonary, neurorehabilitation, and dementia. He directed several rehabilitation facilities and still does clinical work in a rehabilitation hospital and skilled nursing facilities.
Dr. Nafai is considered the “Father of OT in Morocco” and is the founder of occupational therapy in Morocco as well as the founding President of the Occupational Therapy Association of Morocco (OTAM). Said serves as the Moroccan Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and the Chair of the WFOT Arab Regional Group.
Dr. Nafai has shared his expertise at the presenting frequently at national and international events. Dr. Nafai has received numerous professional awards and recognitions both nationally and internationally. In March 2020, he was honored with the “International Service Award” from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). He has served in 2011-2016 as board member at the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association (MAOT).
Dr. Nafai was invited in 2017 and 2019 by the World Health Organization to participate in the GATE Summit that aims to facilitate access to assistive technology to people in need of them worldwide.
Stevens-Nafai, E. W., & Nafai, S. (2019). Chapter 5. Global Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Practice. In Occupational Therapy Manager (6th ed., pp. 55-64). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press
Nafai, S., Barlow, K., & Stevens-Nafai, E. (2017). OT in Morocco: Sustaining service learning trips through telehealth. OT Practice, 22(2), 20-22
Nafai, S., Stevens-Nafai, E., Salman, H. (2017). Abstract: The Effectiveness of Hand Exercise and Thermal Modalities Agents in Managing Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis in Hands: Randomized Controlled Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2017; 71(4_Supplement_1):7111520286p1-7111520286p1. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.71S1-PO4025
Tariah, H. A., Nafai, S., Alajmi, M., Almutairi, F., & Alanazi, B. (2020). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in nurses working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work (Reading, Mass.), 65(2), 421–428. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-203094
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