Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Hawko is an occupational therapist who has worked in clinical practice for over 26 years and has a certification in low vision. She has worked in many settings across the medical spectrum, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, subacute care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has worked primarily with adults with neurological conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, progressive degenerative conditions, age-related changes, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Hawko has worked in leadership roles and has worked on program development, prioritizing evidence-based practice and research, and using outcome measures to support the care provided. She managed the University of Vermont Medical Center's occupational therapy student program while hosting level 1 and level 2 students.

Research and/or Creative Works

Outcome measures for clinical practice, assessments and interventions for concussions and low vision, and cognitive assessments for occupational therapy with people after stroke

Awards and Recognition

  • Duquesne University Occupational Therapy Outstanding Fieldwork Educator, 2022

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Vermont Occupational Therapy Association
UVM CNHS Nicola Hawko

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Low Vision Certification, treatments related to fall prevention, geriatrics, neurological rehabilitation, progressive degenerative conditions


  • O.T.D.; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Low Vision Certification; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy; McGill University


Office Location:

Living and Learning

Office Hours:

Mondays, 2-3 p.m., Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., or by appointment