Denise Nepveux, PhD

Nepveux OTD updated
Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy

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She/her/hers, white, cisgender, LGBTQIA+ ally
Occupations: singing, community organizing, and activism, reading, learning languages, walking, gardening, birdwatching, traveling, caring for our four cats
Occupational roles: Spouse, step-mother, aunt, godmother, daughter, sibling, educator, occupational therapist, gardener, citizen/community member

Dr. Denise Nepveux is an Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. She earned a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Washington University. She practiced as an OT in mental health in the Chicago area and earned her Ph.D. in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research on Ghanaian disabled women’s life narratives and a NIDILRR-funded postdoctoral fellowship in disability and rehabilitation research from Syracuse University. Her research on disability in Ghana is published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and the 2021 edited volume, Disability in Africa. She has also published and presented on her community activism and arts collaborations with older adults. Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Nepveux was an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College in Upstate New York.