Ariana Amaya, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director, Next Steps at Vanderbilt

Staff - Extended

Overview of Interests

Ariana Amaya directs the implementation of all components of the Next Steps program. This includes oversight of program level goals and operation, collaborating with both campus and community partners, and supporting Next Steps staff and students within an innovative, inclusive model of best practice.

Ariana holds a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Belmont University, where she focused her studies on the role of occupational therapy in inclusive higher education. Previously, she developed and directed Integrated Studies: a residential, inclusive higher education program for students with intellectual disability at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania.