Janice Tona, PhD, OTR

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

526 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-6741
Fax: (716) 829-3217
Email: tona@buffalo.edu



Janice Tona, PhD, OTR, clinical assistant professor, is the BS/MS occupational therapy program director and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Rehabilitation Science in the School of Public Health and Health Professions. She is an occupational therapist and an educational psychologist, with certifications in neurodevelopmental treatment and administration and interpretation of the sensory integration and praxis tests. She is particularly interested in working with children with sensory and motor difficulties as well as children with behavioral challenges.

Dr. Tona has been an occupational therapist for more than three decades and has worked in higher education for more than two decades. Her teaching experience includes courses in pediatrics, neuroscience, evidence-based practice, service delivery issues, interpersonal communication, and group process. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the development of clinical reasoning. 


  • PhD, Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo (2003)
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, (Pediatric / Developmental Disabilities), University of Pittsburgh (1989)
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Utica College of Syracuse University (1984)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • New York State Occupational Therapy Association